Lee Johnson’s Bristol City will travel to London for a clash with Brentford following the international break.
City endured a lacklustre run of form before the second international break of the campaign that saw Lloyd Kelly captain England’s under 20s, Jay Dasilva appear in England under 21’s double and Callum O’Dowda star for the Republic of Ireland, and will be looking to return to winning ways as they face a new-look Brentford side that were forced into action during the break due to Dean Smith leaving the club.
O’Dowda, who missed Ireland’s defeat against Wales on Tuesday evening, could be doubtful for a very important game for The Robins after being substituted off during the Republic of Ireland’s goalless Nations League tie with Denmark on Saturday.
Bristol-born Max O’Leary will gain his league debut following injuries to both Frank Fielding and Nikki Maenpaa.
City have failed to come out victorious against Brentford since August 2009 and have faced The Bees on eight occasions; loosing six of those meetings. Overall, City trail Brentford on the head-to-head with the London side having won 34 of the 78 previous meetings, with the inaugural meeting between the two sides coming back in 1906.
Brentford’s Neal Maupay will be a huge threat for Lee Johnson’s team, having scored 10 goals already this season and currently being the only Championship player to hit double figures so far this season. Ollie Watkins is another City will need to keep an eye on on Saturday with his already bagging four goals and two assists so far this season.
The Bees sit just two points off of City and a win for The Robins would take them above Thomas Frank’s side.
Griffin Park will host a thriller on Saturday afternoon with the winner potentially moving into seventh place in the EFL Championship league table.
Predicted Lineup: O’Leary, Hunt, Baker, Webster, Kelly, Watkins, Pack, Brownhill, Paterson, Weimann, Diedhiou