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Match Preview: Fulham

All the news, views, and info ahead of tomorrow's West London derby

1 December 2017

Brentford vs Fulham

Saturday 2 December

Griffin Park, 3pm

Sky Bet Championship

The Opposition

Back-to-back Sky Bet Championship wins have elevated Fulham into the top half of the table as they look to recover from a slow start to the season under Slaviša Jokanović. Defeated by Reading in last season's Play-Off semi-finals, many expected The Whites to be among the pace-setters this campaign but it hasn't turned out that way so far.

Jokanovic's side failed to win any of their first four in the league but then looked to find some form in September and October, taking 14 points from seven games, including wins over Ipswich Town, Hull City, Nottingham Forest and QPR. A six game winless run followed before an incredible 5-4 victory at Sheffield United ten days ago and Saturday's home win over Millwall. 

The free-scoring Whites netted 85 goals in 46 league games last campaign but have found things much tougher in front of goal this campaign, scoring just 25 in their opening 19 games. 

Team News

Fulham will definitely be without Floyd Ayite and Lucas Piazon for their trip to Griffin Park and there are question marks over Tim Ream and Kevin MacDonald after they both missed last weekend's win over Millwall. For The Bees, Neal Maupay is suspended after picking up his fifth booking of the campaign on Monday night, Florian Jozefzoon is a doubt, while Henrik Dalsgaard, Alan Judge, and Rico Henry are all out injured.   

The Manager

Slaviša Jokanović had a stellar playing career, winning 64 international caps for Yugoslavia and FR Yugoslavia and playing at the 1998 World Cup. He won the Spanish and Yugoslav titles and also had two seasons in the Premier League with Chelsea when he was in his 30s.

He moved in to coaching and was soon appointed Head Coach at Fudbalski klub Partizan, in Belgrade, where he also spent three years as a player. He won two doubles before leaving in 2009 and has had a nomadic career since which has included working in Bulgaria, Spain and Thailand as well as England. He led Watford to promotion from the Sky Bet Championship in 2015 and nearly repeated the feat at Fulham last May.

Pre-Match Views

Dean is looking forward to tomorrow's derby clash

Andreas: "It is a game we have to win"

Opposition View: GetWestLondon's Ryan O'Donovan on tomorrow's visitors

Ref Watch: Find out more about the man in charge for tomorrow's game

Ticket News

Tickets for Saturday's game are on sale to Previous Purchasers now. Get your tickets for our must-see local derby before they run out from just £25 adults and £8 juniors. 

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iFollow Brentford will be live from 2.30pm tonight with Mark Burridge hosting Matchday Live alongside Marcus Gayle, and Mick Cabble.

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Brentford 3 Fulham 1

Bees come from behind to take derby victory

2 December 2017

Your Brentford v Fulham match report powered by Utilita

Brentford came from a goal down to claim the West London bragging rights with a 3-1 victory over neighbours Fulham. Romaine Sawyers and Ollie Watkins both contributed a goal and an assist as Brentford recovered from conceding first to take the win that extends their run of form in the Sky Bet Championship to one defeat in 13. Neeskens Kebano had put Fulham ahead but Sergi Canós equalised before the break and Brentford pulled clear after the interval to take the win.

And while there were some difficult moments for The Bees, there was no doubt they deserved the points. They were helped by Denis Odoi getting himself sent off for Fulham in a spectacularly stupid fashion but Brentford were ahead and in control by that point and will believe they would have won anyway. With ten men, Fulham created almost nothing and never looked like recovering once Sawyers had put The Bees in front. Watkins’ third put the icing on the cake.

Fulham started the game without a recognised striker on the pitch. They played their two wide attackers – Kebano and Sheyi Ojo – high up the pitch and looked to get the midfield forward to support. With Brentford losing their striker, Lasse Vibe, to injury inside the first 20 minutes and having no like-for-like replacement on the substitute’s bench, the game took place without any natural centre forwards on the pitch for the majority of its duration.

Much of the first half was played in the centre of the field with the teams trying to get their full backs and wide attackers in to the game but often finding it difficult to play the ball in and out of a congested midfield area. Daniel Bentley saved when Tom Cairney let fly from 18 yards after Josh Clarke had been robbed on the left and Oliver Norwood blasted a free kick well over but there were few early openings.

Brentford tried to play on the front foot but the sheer numbers Fulham had in the centre of the pitch made that difficult. The visitors probably had a little more success in retaining possession and trying to create chances but when they scored 25 minutes in, it was still from the first meaningful chance. It was a well worked goal as Fulham capitalised when The Bees lost possession in midfield, Cairney picked the pass and released Ryan Fredericks in the right channel, his cut back eluded four or five players but reached Kebano at the far post and he tucked it in.

It could have been worse for Brentford soon after when a clever Stefan Johansen pass released Ojo but his fierce shot was beaten away at the near post. Norwood also had a shot blocked as the visitors took control. But a moment of brilliance from Watkins enabled Canós to level it up just past the half hour. Watkins turned clear in midfield and drove away from three defenders before releasing Canós, the Spaniard burst in to the box and let fly with a shot that deflected past David Button and nestled in the back of the net.

Fulham had been composed at the back for most of the first half but suddenly looked less sure. Button gave the ball away on a few occasions and Brentford started to find spaces. Yoann Barbet blasted wide when a corner was half cleared and Kamohelo Mokotjo got in behind soon after but checked back and shot wide.

The visitors did, however, regain their poise as the interval approached and ended the first half on top. Bentley saved a curling shot from Ojo before a move involving Johansen and Fredericks ended with Norwood blasting over from 12 yards. There were a pair of unconvincing saves from Bentley – from a Fredericks shot and an Ojo header – before the first period came to an end.

Fulham may have gone in to the break with the initiative but Brentford ripped it from them at the start of the second half. The Bees flew out of the blocks and ten minutes in to the second half they had the lead and a man advantage. The goal came four minutes after the break when Fulham failed to deal with a free kick, Watkins knocked it back, Barbet fired a shot that beat Button but hit the inside of the post and flew across the box where Sawyers was waiting to smash it back in to the net.

Brentford could have been ahead before that when a great pass from Ryan Woods put Watkins away in the inside right channel, he only had Button to beat but dragged his shot wide of the far post. Both the goal and that chance showed a weakness in the left back channel for Fulham and when Watkins got away again he was cynically blocked by Odoi. Unfortunately for Odoi he had been booked in the first half for a foul on Mokotjo and then given a final warning by referee Robert Madley just before that blocked. Mr Madley had no choice but to show a second yellow card and leave Fulham playing the final 37 minutes with ten men.

Barbet curled the resulting free kick over the bar before a Woods effort deflected away for a corner. That dead ball was half cleared and Nico Yennaris sent it fizzing back past Button but inches wide. Button also saved a powerful Barbet header and a low curled effort as Brentford went looking for a third goal to give them some breathing space. Watkins then fired wide before substitute Lewis Macleod, making his return after a serious knee injury, saw a shot deflect in to the side netting.

Watkins headed over after John Egan had nodded Macleod’s delivery back but he got his goal moments later. And it was the goal of the game. Brentford toyed with Fulham in midfield, making a series of passes before Woods found Mokotjo, he spread it wide to Sawyers and the first-time delivery was tucked home by Watkins.

Any chance Fulham had disappeared with that goal. They had offered little in the second half apart from trying to get full backs Fredericks and Ryan Sessegnon in behind Brentford. The one opening they did create came after a run from Fredericks, he found Cairney and the measured shot from 20 yards cannoned away off the crossbar. The ball was scrambled clear after an Ojo header and a Johansen shot was blocked.

It looked as if there may be more moments like that but Brentford dominated possession and wouldn’t let Fulham back in to it. Josh McEachran was introduced to enable Brentford to keep the ball in even more efficient fashion and The Bees could, indeed, have had more goals. A delicious cross from Barbet was met by Watkins but Button saved superbly and at the death a run from Macleod ended with a shot that was blocked by the over-worked Fulham defence. But Brentford had their lead and moments later they had the points.

Brentford: Bentley; Clarke, Egan, Bjelland, Barbet; Woods; Canós (sub Macleod 73 mins), Mokotjo, Yennaris (sub McEachran 80 mins), Watkins; Vibe (sub Sawyers 17 mins)

Subs (not used): Daniels, Mepham, Chatzitheodoridis, Archibald

Bookings: Canós (36 mins)

Fulham: Button; Fredericks, Kalas, Odoi, Sessegnon; McDonald; Cairney, Johansen (sub de la Torre 77 mins), Norwood; Ojo (sub Graham 85 mins), Kebano (sub Fonte 63 mins)

Subs (not used): Bettinelli, Mollo, Djaló, Kamara

Bookings: Odoi (45 mins), Cairney (59 mins), Fredericks (82 mins), Norwood (89 mins)

Sent Off: Odoi (53 mins) (second bookable offence)

Attendance: 11,090 (1,646 away fans)

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Ticket News

Buy your tickets right up to kick-off

Join us at Griffin Park for this afternoon's west London derby

2 December 2017

Since our return to the Sky Bet Championship, we've come up against some of our closest rivals, and nothing feels better than getting one over our neighbours in West London. Our unbeaten run is back up and running and with Fulham just two points away from us in the table, this weekend's encounter with The Whites is shaping up to be a huge game. It's not too late to experience this derby at Griffin Park but availability is becoming more and more limited, so hurry and book your tickets now or risk missing out.

PLEASE NOTE: We have now started selling returned seats from Season Ticket Holders, opening up more space for fans to get those last minute tickets.

If you're a Season Ticket Holder and can't attend this match, don't forget to return your match ticket for an opportunity to save on your 2018/19 Season Ticket. Find out more here: Brentford FC Ticket Exchange.

On sale dates

  • Club Members: Tuesday 26 September, 10am (one per person)
  • Season Ticket Holders: Thursday 28 September, 10am (three per person)
  • Club Members additional tickets: Thursday 28 September, 10am (three per person)
  • Previous Purchasers: Monday 2 October, 10am (four per person)

Please note: this game will not go on general sale. To attend this match, you must have previously bought tickets for a Brentford fixture or purchased a Club Membership.   

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Matchday prices

Blocks Adults Seniors

Young
Persons

Juniors
Braemar Road Stand
(B300, B301, B305)
30 24 22 8
Braemar Road Stand
(All other blocks)
35 29 27 8
New Road Stand
(N500, N501, N507, N508)
30 24 22 8
New Road Stand
(All other blocks)
35 29 27 8
Ealing Road Terrace 30 24 22 8

All prices exclude booking fees:

  • No booking fees for online purchases at tickets.brentfordfc.com
  • No booking fees apply when buying in person from the Ticket Office
  • Admin fee of £2.50 per transaction (not per ticket), plus a £1 postage fee when booking over the phone
  • All credit card payments will incur a fee of £1.50 (AMEX is not accepted)

How to buy tickets

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  • by phone 020 8847 2511 (option 1), Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm
  • in person from the Ticket Office, Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm
  • group bookings can be made here
  • disabled fans by phone 020 8847 2511 (option 1), Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm

If you are buying from overseas - tickets will not be sent in the post. You need to choose ‘Print at Home’ or they will be held for collection on matchday.

Matchday Info

Supporters with Junior, Young Person and Senior tickets are reminded to bring ID to the stadium in the event of being asked for proof of age when entering the ground. Ages are as follows:

  • Juniors – under 18 (as of the 1 August)
  • Young Persons - 18-24 (as of the 1 August)  
  • Seniors – over 65 (as of the 1 August) 

Where a Season Ticket Holder forgets their Brentford Card they will be required to pay an £5 admin fee. Replacement Brentford Cards can be arranged at the Ticket Office. Valid ID must be shown and admin cost of £10 applies.

Disabled supporters who are in receipt of a Middle to Higher rate of DLA and/or receipt of enhanced PIP are required to purchase the relevant ticket (i.e. Adult, Senior, Young Person or Junior), the carer will receive a complimentary ticket.

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Note: All tickets are subject to the Terms and Conditions of issue. The purchase of a ticket constitutes acceptance of these Terms and Conditions and acceptance of the Ground Regulations.

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