It has been a hard week in football with the events of Saturday weighing heavily on the minds of fans of all clubs.
Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha brought the magic back to football for so many fans with the remarkable story of Leicester City’s title winning season, and will never be forgotten for his love, passion and charity to Leicester Football Club, the city and to the footballing world.
The thoughts of myself, and everyone at The 92 Blog, are with the family, friends, football club and fans of Vichai, Nursara Suknamai, Kaveporn Punpare, pilot Eric Swaffer and his partner Izabela Roza Lechowicz who also died in the helicopter crash. RIP.
Looking ahead to Saturday, Brentford play host to Millwall and are still looking for their first win (or point) under Thomas Frank, and their first win since the September 15th 2-0 victory against Wigan Athletic.
It’s been a frustrating time for Brentford fans, with players not performing, a lack of discipline and often no plan B when teams disrupt the Brentford style, but with Rico Henry and Josh Dasilva not involved with Brentford’s B Team on Tuesday perhaps they will be involved on Saturday to provide some much needed change.
Despite being below Brentford in the table (only by two points!), Millwall have certainly picked themselves up since their own eight game run without a win. They’ve beaten Ipswich Town, Wigan and Aston Villa in their last four games, but like the Bees have yet to win on the road this season, hopefully a good omen for Saturday.
Furthermore, the stats also favour Brentford on paper. Millwall are typically poor at defending against through balls, keeping possession and fouling in dangerous areas, which should provide some delight for Brentford’s more skilful attacking players.
This is not to say Millwall will be a push over, far from it, they’re an aggressive force with a good counter attacking ability as well as utilising set-pieces well, which will cause problems for Brentford’s defence if they are not careful.
Leading goalscorer Lee Gregory (5) and Jake Cooper (5 assists) are the ones to watch for Millwall when they visit Griffin Park, as they look to gain their first win on the road and continue their fine form.
Predicted Brentford XI (4-2-3-1):
Dalsgaard – Konsa – Mepham – Barbet
McEachran – Mokotjo
Canos – Sawyers – Watkins
As previously mentioned, a change is very much needed… However I doubt there will be much of one. Chris Mepham is back after his suspension so he will rotate in and I believe Josh McEachran will return to the side in the place of Nico Yennaris.
I doubt Frank will have the stomach to make the big changes just yet, Daniel Bentley saved a penalty against Norwich so it’s likely Frank will stick with the keeper despite his recent poor form (and my belief Luke Daniels shouldn’t have been dropped).
In addition, despite the lack of influence from Romaine Sawyers and his reluctance to press/tackle, Frank won’t drop him due to his ability when he is in form (again, I think he needs competition to up his game and the likes of Alan Judge or Lewis Macleod deserve a shot). Henrik Dalsgaard too seems safe due to his interception stats despite the general fan consensus that he has been poor since returning from the World Cup.
Ollie Watkins has not been himself lately, including giving the penalty away last Saturday, however I doubt he’ll be dropped though don’t be surprised to see Said Benrahma replace him or Sergi Canos if they fail to influence the game early enough.
Saturday has become a must win game for the Bees, with a loss possibly seeing them drop as low as 18th (Aston Villa and Bolton play on Friday night) with Millwall hoping them in the table. On paper, the game favours Brentford however the poor form of the side does not make this a straightforward prediction. It could be a scrappy one, but I believe Brentford will finally gain three points.
Brentford 2 – 1 Millwall
Up the Bees.
Picture Credit: Brentford FC