Things look a little brighter heading into Brentford’s match this weekend after a hard fought draw with West Bromwich Albion.
The Bees were under the pressure throughout the first-half with a peppering of shots and chances that the Baggies could not put away. The resistance was eventually broken in the 77th minute by Barnes, but a resilient Brentford fought back to steal a point in the 91st minute thanks to a well timed Lewis Macleod header.
The uplifting nature of the late equaliser has notably boosted the spirit around the club, especially for fans but also for the players, and it could not have come at a better time with a winnable match coming on Saturday against Swansea City.
The Swans visit Griffin Park this weekend on the back of a poor run of form, having lost four of their last five matches, creating a perfect chance for Thomas Frank’s side to try and build some momentum heading into the closing fixtures of the year.
However, Swansea must not be underestimated, they’re 13th in the table for a reason and possess the attacking talent of players such as Oliver McBurnie, who has scored eight times this season.
One key weakness of both sides is their inability to score good chances, so the team who take their opportunities first could very well take all three points on Saturday. However, it won’t be easy for Brentford with the devastating end to the match for both Rico Henry and Emiliano Marcondes on Monday, especially after the influence Marcondes had.
Predicted Brentford XI (4-2-3-1):
Dalsgaard – Konsa – Mepham – Henry
Macleod – McEachran
Benrahma – Sawyers – Watkins
Bentley had a good game on Monday, despite his previous form, so he will no doubt continue. Dalsgaard seemingly had a poor game for much of Monday night (as many believe he tends to), however it became evident that he was often left to cover both centre-backs and left without much help from either centre-midfielder or his winger. He’s likely to continue.
Due to injuries Marcondes won’t partake on Saturday, so I expect Macleod to replace Alan Judge so that either he or Said Benrahma will take over from Marcondes. Furthermore, Henry also came off injured and is a doubt for Saturday, so either Yoann Barbet or Moses Odubajo could come in at left-back.
Maupay was very often secluded on Monday night so it will be crucial to create some more chances to bring him into the game more, which is where Macleod and Benrahma come in.
Brentford will feel a resurgence on the way after their strong defensive (and somewhat lucky) performance against WBA as well as the fight that saw them earn a point. If Frank can keep momentum high, there’s every chance of the Bees taking all three points against Swansea.
Come on you Bees.
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