The winless run is over!
Brentford eventually broke down a determined Millwall side to take all three points on Saturday at Griffin Park, with goals from Sergi Canos and Ollie Watkins sealing a 2-0 win. The tough run had made the fixture a must win for Brentford, and an early season six-pointer as a loss would have seen Millwall hop Brentford in the table.
Truthfully, Millwall offered very little of an attacking threat. The opposition game plan seemed to be to sit off of the Bees and lump the ball forward whenever they could to try and launch some kind of route one counter-attack. For once, the ball over the top routine didn’t phase our defence who had a solid game and deserved the clean sheet.
So, that’s 1/2 London derbies for the Bees so far this week and season, next up is a trip to local rivals Queens Park Rangers and Loftus Road. There’s certainly more bad blood and more at stake to this match than the Millwall one, particularly due to the history of the attempted takeover.
Despite having an appalling start to the season (including the 7-1 defeat to West Bromwich Albion) Steve McClaren has steered the ship and they had a strong five game unbeaten run before their recent defeat to Blackburn Rovers.
This run has seen them go above Brentford in the league table, but only by two points and two positions (11th and 13th) providing an excellent opportunity for Brentford to hop their rivals.
Out of their previous eight home games they’ve won four, drawn one and lost three, but have also not lost at home since September against Norwich City. Combine this with Brentford’s inability to win away this season, and on paper it seems as though this is destined to end a draw.
However, Brentford’s record against QPR since being promoted to the Championship has seen them win 5/7 league meetings (one draw, one loss) and is always a game that both the players and fans are up for, which definitely makes a difference.
Predicted Brentford XI (4-2-3-1):
Dalsgaard – Konsa – Mepham – Odubajo
McEachran – Yennaris
Canos – Sawyers – Watkins
Thomas Frank will likely stick to the same XI that started the Millwall game, with the only change being Ollie Watkins in for Said Benrahma. Benrahma is yet to score in the league, and though his energy and ability is excellent, I doubt Frank will not reward Watkins’ goal with a start.
Saturday will see a real test for Brentford. Can they trump their rivals again this season despite their form? Can they secure a first win on the road? Can they begin a strong run to propel them up the table? Only time will tell, but expect a feisty game.
Queens Park Rangers 1 – 2 Brentford.
Up the Bees.
Picture Credit: Brentford FC