Albion vs Brentford Match Preview
After 3 wins on-the-trot and two of those away from home, it’s fair to say Moore’s men are full of confidence. This contrasts the Brentford Bees who have lost their last 3 and have found life without Dean Smith to be a struggle.
The Danish Thomas Frank is the man who took over Smith’s position in early October and it hasn’t been the start he would have wanted. Only winning 1 game of 7 and losing the other 6. At the start of the season some would have said Brentford were dark horses for promotion with their attractive, adaptive football style fairing so well for them last season. However, now they find themselves hovering in the lower half of the table, being just 3 points off the relegation zone.
I’d keep a keen eye on star striker Maupay who has scored 13 and assisted 6 in 17 games this season. Along side him will be young winger Ollie Watkins, who’s attracted PL interest and you can see why with his 6 goals and 3 assists this season. Finally, to complete this watch list, it’s centre half Chris Mepham, the ex-Chelsea academy product who still in his youth. He has represented Wales at a senior level and had Bournemouth trying to sign him in the summer.
Brentford have favoured a 4-2-3-1 formation with a short passing style of play which will compliment WBA’s aggressive high press 4-3-3. As we’ve seen evident against out the back sides like Swansea and Leeds where a high press caused pressure to mount leading to mistakes.
The championship is a lot like a marathon, it’s a long journey, one that needs consistency. We can see for the first time, the top two sides have started peeling away so it’s important we keep our momentum going forward and come out on top over this winter period.
A win or draw would take us 3rd and that win would leave us 3 points off 1stin the table. For this Monday night fixture, I’m predicting a 3-1 WBA win!