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Match Preview: Sheffield Wednesday

All the info in one place, ahead of the visit of The Owls on Saturday

29 December 2017

Brentford vs Sheffield Wednesday

Saturday 30 December

Griffin Park, 3pm

Sky Bet Championship

The Opposition

A Boxing Day win over Nottingham Forest very much rescued The Owls' December just a matter of days after sacking Carlos Carvalhal. Before that, their last win came on 4 November over Aston Villa away from home. Their record on the road is only slightly worse than their home form, having lost five away from Hillsborough but only three on home soil. They have also picked up slightly fewer points away from Sheffield this season, just 13, when compared to the 17 won in South Yorkshire.

Overall, The Owls have scored 30 goals in the Sky Bet Championship this term, right around the average of 31 in the division this season. That's split between 18 scored at home and 12 away, the most threatening presence up top coming from Gary Hooper on 10. While the rest of the squad are sharing the goals between them with Jordan Rhodes, Kieran Lee and Adam Reach the closest to Hooper with three each.

Team News

Wednesday have a number of injury concerns heading into thie last game of the 2017 calendar year. Glenn Loovens returned to the squad for the 3-0 win over Nottingham Forest last week, but Kieran Lee and Barry Bannan weren't passed fit for the journey. The Owls will also be without goalkeeper Kieren Westwood, defender Jack Hunt and forward Fernando Forestieri. The former Watford man has been out for much of this season after undergoing knee surgery in September. His presence up front, and his 12 goals last season, have been sorely missed so far.

For The Bees, Josh Clarke may make a return to the lineup after Dean Smith confirmed he had taken up full training once again this week. Henrik Dalsgaard will be looking to get back into the squad as well, whether on the bench or in a playing role.

The Manager

Lee Bullen took charge of the squad after the dismissal of Carvalhal last week. His first game ended in a 3-0 win, sparking rumours that he may get the call to be permanent boss if his next few games go well. Next up are Brentford, who have a bit of history with Mr Bullen. The former utility man scored for The Owls against The Bees in a 3-3 draw during a League One clash in February 2005.

The Scottish 46-year-old started his career as a striker in his homeland, before moving to a more defensive role in Australia and then Hong Kong. After a few years in Greece, he returned to Dunfermline in 2000. Sheffield Wednesday was the next stop before ending his career at Falkirk in 2011. He moved into coaching in Sheffield before rising through to ranks to Assistant Manager in 2015.

Pre-Match Views

Dean Smith: 'This is our opportunity'

Stats Zone: The facts and figures ahead of tomorrow's game against The Owls

Sergi Canos: 'We all belive that we can push on'

Opposition View: Rob Staton of BBC Radio Sheffield

We Meet Again: Sheffield Wednesday highlights

Ticket News

Tickets will be on sale until kick-off but increase in price tomorrow (Saturday) from £23 for Adults to £28 on matchday. Right now Juniors are only £6, book yours here.

Match Coverage

iFollow Brentford will be live from 2.30pm tomorrow with Mark Burridge hosting Matchday Live. He will be joined by Marcus Gayle and Greville Waterman.

Download the Official Brentford FC App to get notifications direct to your phone, plus all the latest news, views and reaction from the game. Visit the Play Store or iTunes App Store now to download.

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Match Reports

Brentford 2 Sheffield Wednesday 0

A goal in each half as Bees win again

30 December 2017

Your Brentford v Sheffield Wednesday match report powered by Utilita

Brentford made it three wins from three Christmas fixtures with a comfortable win over Sheffield Wednesday at Griffin Park. The Yorkshire side were sent the same way as Norwich City and Aston Villa as The Bees ran out 2-0 winners. Lasse Vibe opened the scoring 20 minutes in after the visitors had perhaps had slightly the better of things. But from then on there was only one winner and Florian Jozefzoon scored in the second half to make it safe.

The victory was fully deserved for a Brentford side that overcame a sticky start to dominate proceedings. They had countless chances and only wasteful finishing and some fine saves from Wednesdays goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith kept the result in doubt until the later stages. At the other end, Daniel Bentley was well protected by his back four – well-marshalled by Chris Mepham and Andreas Bjelland – and what he had to do, he did confidently to ensure The Bees had a clean sheet to go with their win.

The visitors started the game with a very narrow formation. They played a diamond midfield and started high up the pitch. They stopped Brentford playing through midfield and dominated early territory and possession. Although Romaine Sawyers saw an early shot blocked when a cross was half cleared, Wednesday had much the better of the first 15 minutes with The Bees struggling to get the ball wide where there may have been space.

Wednesday’s start could have got them an early lead. Adam Reach blazed wastefully wide after picking up a loose Nico Yennaris pass and Bentley then gathered an Atdhe Nuhiu header when the powerful striker met a deep cross. Jacob Butterfield saw a shot from 20 yards blocked and Jordan Rhodes then met a Ross Wallace free kick but once again the chance was snuffed out by the home defence.

When Brentford the lead 20 minutes in, it probably came slightly against the run of play. It also came from their first real passing movement. It was built on the right when Yennaris exchanged passes with Ryan Woods and burst forward, he found Jozefzoon and the ball was fed inside to Vibe, the Danish striker turned easily away from Daniel Pudil and calmly slotted past Joe Wildsmith. It was a well-worked and clinically finished goal and Vibe’s fourth in three games over the Christmas period.

Although Wednesday tried to respond, and continued to press high up the pitch, Brentford had found the formula. Their central midfield players all dropped slightly deeper when required and the link-up play between Woods, Sawyers and Josh McEachran was creating space for wide men Sergi Canós and Jozefzoon. It could have been two just after Vibe’s goal when, following a period of possession in Wednesday territory, a clever reverse pass from Sawyers put Jozefzoon in on goal but this time Wildsmith was equal to the shot from an increasingly narrow angle.

Wildsmith made another important block from a Woods shot from 18 yards after Vibe had fed a Canós cross in to his path and there was an even better save soon after. Canós cut in off the wing and left Liam Palmer trailing in his wake, he played a clever pass to put Vibe through and the Danish striker delayed before lifting the ball over Wildsmith. It looked as if that delay had worked but the Wednesday goalkeeper got a touch on it to push the ball over the bar. Jozefzoon then blasted over from eight yards after Yoann Barbet had fed a McEachran corner back in to the middle.

Canós had a shot blocked later in the half as Wednesday managed to keep Brentford at bay and go in at the break one down. They never really looked like levelling in that first period and generally played for set pieces. Bentley had to punch one off the head of Nuhiu and Pudil saw a shot deflect wide from a half cleared free kick but Brentford were largely comfortable after they got the lead.

And the game continued in a similar pattern after the break. Wednesday made two changes at the interval but it did not affect the flow of the game and Brentford spent the first 20 minutes of the second period on the front foot. Sawyers had complete control of the game – ably assisted by McEachran and Woods – and The Bees went looking for goals to kill the game off.

Sawyers saw a shot blocked after a nice run by Canós before Vibe turned well on the edge of the box and let fly with a shot that flew in to the arms of Wildsmith. Jozefzoon looked as if he had created Brentford’s second with a superb burst in to the box and pass to Vibe but Palmer made a superb tackle to divert the ball over. The resulting corner dropped to Barbet and he fired across the face of goal from a tight angle.

Canós nearly created something out of nothing when he let a Barbet throw in bounce and then fired it towards goal from 25 yards, it dipped late and had Wildsmith beaten but landed on top of the net. Jozefzoon then wasted another chance when he was fed by Sawyers after a quick break, blasting high and wide from a narrow angle. The next time he got in to a similar position, he made no mistake. This time he was played in by substitute Neal Maupay after Brentford created space in the middle and he steadied himself before firing across Wildsmith and in to the net.

The goal eased any nerves that may have been building as Wednesday found some attacking impetus late in the game. There had been a lull in proceedings after the hour mark with Wednesday starting to probe but Brentford still in control. The first two substitutions had made no impact but the introduction of Jack Hunt did make a difference and the visitors inched back in to the game with Lucas João the most likely provider of a goal.

The powerful striker picked up a Rhodes lay off and let fly with a shot that Bjelland blocked and he then headed a Butterfield corner over. Jozefzoon’s goal soon after made Wednesday’s pressure irrelevant but João met another corner soon after and nodded wide of the far post. At the other end Sawyers set up Ollie Watkins following a quick free kick but his shot was blocked. And there was still time for Barbet to line up a free kick but he curled it over the bar. That proved to be the last kick of 2017 as The Bees ended the year with a third straight win.

Brentford: Bentley; Yennaris, Mepham, Bjelland, Barbet; McEachran (sub Mokotjo 69 mins); Jozefzoon, Woods, Sawyers, Canós (sub Watkins 69 mins); Vibe (sub Maupay 80 mins)

Subs (not used): Daniels, Clarke, Macleod, Judge

Bookings: Sawyers (39 mins) (fifth of season)

Sheffield Wednesday: Wildsmith; Palmer (sub Hunt 68 mins), Loovens, Pudil, Fox; Butterfield, Hutchinson, Wallace (sub Abdi h/t); Reach; Rhodes, Nuhiu (sub João h/t)

Subs (not used): Dawson, Jones, Matias, Venâncio

Bookings: Wallace (39 mins), Hutchinson (44 mins), Pudil (49 mins)

Attendance: 10,853 (1,645 away fans)

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Ticket News

Last chance to get Sheffield Wednesday tickets before prices increase

Tickets will increase to £28 at 10am so make sure you get yours now

30 December 2017

Can The Bees end the festive period on a high? After back-to-back wins Dean Smith's side will look to continue a perfect Christmas when The Owls head to Griffin Park this afternoon. Book your tickets now and, with your vocal support, they’ll be pushing for a positive result to help build momentum in to 2018. Tickets are still available for Adults from only £23 so make sure you get yours now - before they increase to £28, and up, at 10am.


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