Brentford Preview vs Sheffield United (H)

It’s getting increasingly difficult to remain positive about Brentford FC at the moment.

The club’s in free-fall with a fifth defeat in six matches under Thomas Frank, one win in 11 matches, and an abysmal performance as two quick Middlesbrough goals were enough to condemn the Bees to defeat, despite Alan Judge’s goal.

I would say I shall start with the positives, but there aren’t many. Judge bagged his first league goal since his leg break thanks to some quick thinking. Also, Rico Henry and Emiliano Marcondes both appeared, having come back from injuries themselves, and Moses Odubajo leaving the field to go to the toilet provided some entertainment.

However, the performance itself was poor and lacklustre. The possession stats may appear that Brentford dominated the game, but the majority of the passes were backwards or sideways and the team played very narrow, often opting to cut inside rather than taking defenders on (albeit it doesn’t help when your current left-back is out of position and right footed).

Furthermore, the defence looked very shaky, predominantly the two centre-backs and the centre-midfielders who looked very uncomfortable playing together. Daniel Bentley had an okay game in goal, neither goal was necessarily his fault, but he doesn’t appear oozing with confidence either (though nor do the rest of the team).

It was very clear that the injured Ollie Watkins and suspended Romaine Sawyers were sorely missed, but there’s a lot more that needs to be changed if Brentford are to get out of this rut, especially as games against Sheffield United, West Brom and Swansea beckon.

The Blades visit Griffin Park on Tuesday night and currently sit in fifth position with 10 points more than Brentford. Though they’re on a poor run of form themselves (one win, three draws and two losses in their last six), they’re a side that have proven their ability to find the net and are not afraid to press high.

Their desire to attack will certainly put even more pressure on a worryingly leaky Bees defence, but diamonds are formed under pressure, so let’s hope we come out a bit more clean-cut than Saturday.

Predicted Brentford XI (4-2-3-1): 

Bentley

Odubajo – Konsa – Mepham – Henry

Dasilva – McEachran

Marcondes – Sawyers – Judge

Maupay

The line-up looks a bit more positive than Saturday’s with Henry and Sawyers back in action for Tuesday. Judge warrants another start for me as he was the only hint of a bright spark and quick thinking, though it will certainly hinge on whether Watkins will be back as to who plays on the wings.

Henry should be ready to start, Marcondes and Josh Dasilva also looked sharp when they came on so they all start for me in order to try and freshen things up, and at least Dasilva wasn’t afraid to shoot.

Nico Yennaris and Lewis Macleod went missing on Saturday, neither of them up to the pace of first team football it seems. Decisions are to be made as to who will play at centre-midfield with Mokotjo injured, but I believe the two Josh’s should combine for Tuesday night.

Though, do I think Frank has the

Prediction:

With fans becoming increasingly unsettled, Brentford must find something from Tuesday’s game. Sheffield have the attacking ability to cause Brentford many problems and pile on the pressure, but often leave themselves exposed at the back. If our attacking flair returns then the counter-attack could see some joy.

Marinus Dijkhuizen had nine games in charge back in 2015 before he was sacked with a record of 2-2-5. If Frank (currently 1-0-5) cannot get results together quickly then it’s hard to see him in the job by Christmas.

Come on you Bees.

Picture Credit: Brentford FC

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