Before heading into the football news, I’d like to take the time to talk about Robert Rowan. The Brentford Technical Director unfortunately passed away before the international break, which has no doubt sent ripples through the club.
I never had the fortune to meet Rowan, but his impact on the club was instrumental, especially in developing key players such as Chris Mepham. The tributes continue to pour in for a man who has been described by all as a heartwarming, funny and great guy.
RIP Robert, and thank you for everything you did for Brentford FC.
After throwing away a 1-0 victory away at QPR last time out, it’s now one win in 10 for Brentford and things are beginning to get concerning ahead of a busy winter schedule.
Thomas Frank’s record currently reads one win, four losses in his first five games and with fans beginning to feel unsettled the next few matches will determine Frank’s future and Brentford’s season.
Unfortunately for both, the next match sees Middlesbrough visit Griffin Park and not only are they sitting second in the table, but they’ve also proven to be a bogey team for Brentford since their promotion to the Championship, only mustering up two points in eight matches.
Frank has had time to have some serious thoughts on how to improve on Brentford’s position, so hopefully Saturday will see a stark change in performance. Furthermore, with injured players such as Emiliano Marcondes and Rico Henry on their way back to full fitness, the future is looking at least a little bit brighter.
Predicted Brentford XI (4-2-3-1):
Dalsgaard – Konsa – Mepham – Odubajo
Dasilva – Yennaris
Canos – McEachran– Watkins
Frank has a lot to think about for this fixture due to key players being out or not performing. Romaine Sawyers is suspended, Mokotjo is injured and Bentley has been performing poorly for a number of games.
I believe Frank will stick with Bentley over Daniels however, as he has done thus far. In terms of other changes, with Sawyers out I suspect McEachran will push forward into that role as I doubt Marcondes is up to full first team match fitness yet (despite good minutes and a couple of goals in the B Team).
Josh Dasilva gained some minutes against QPR and I suspect he’ll slot into midfield alongside Nico Yennaris, particularly with Lewis Macleod still out. Similar to Marcondes, if Rico Henry is ready for first team action then he’ll likely replace Moses Odubajo at LB, who could swap to his preferred RB position in the place of a frustratingly out of form Henrik Dalsgaard.
The next four matches for Brentford are Boro (H), Sheffield United (H), West Brom (A) and Swansea (H), the hardest run of the season so far without a doubt, and possibly at the worst time due to the current form of Brentford. It’s crucial that Brentford get something from the home fixtures, considering they’re yet to win on the road.
In addition to this, the players will want to provide a performance in memory of Robert Rowan, and for the crowd under the lights at GP. Hopefully they can keep the crowd warm on a cold November evening with a fiery display, though this will be one of the toughest games of the season.
Brentford 2-2 Middlesbrough
Up the Bees.
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