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Match Preview: Brentford vs Cardiff City

All the info ahead of tonight's game at Griffin Park

13 March 2018

Brentford vs Cardiff City

Tuesday 13 March

Griffin Park, 7.45pm

Sky Bet Championship

The Opposition

He already has a record seven promotions to his name but Neil Warnock looks on his way to an eighth as Cardiff City stay on strongly in the final furlong of the Sky Bet Championship promotion race. 

The Bluebirds are unbeaten since New Year's Day and go into tonight's game at Griffin Park on a run of six straight league wins. That form has seen them close the gap on long-time Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers to just three points as well as open up a four-point cushion to the teams below them. 

Warnock's Bluebirds have the meanest defence in the second-tier and Saturday's 3-2 win over Birmingham City saw them concede more than once in the league for the first time in ten games. At the other end of the pitch the goals have been shared around with Kenneth Zohore, Callum Paterson, Junior Hoilett, and Joe Ralls regular contributors. 

Team News 

What has made Cardiff's run more impressive is that it has been done with almost an entire team out injured. Jazz Richards, Lee Peltier, Armand Traore, Aron Gunnarsson, Joe Ralls, and Danny Ward are all definitely out tonight and Warnock has doubts over Matthew Connolly and Jamie Ward. Callum Paterson, Gary Madine, and Sean Morrison were fit enough to return against Birmingham City on Saturday, boosting City's numbers ahead of tonight's game.

For Brentford, Andreas Bjelland's calf-strain means he will join Rico Henry on the absentee-list this evening. Florian Jozefzoon faces a race to be fit in time after lacerating his foot at Burton Albion last Tuesday night but other than that it's a full squad to choose from.  

The Manager

Neil Warnock has had 17 managerial roles in a coaching career that has spanned more than three decades so far. His big break came in 1999, taking over at boyhood club Sheffield United and leading them to promotion, as well as Semi-Finals of the FA Cup and League Cup. 

Spells with Crystal Palace and Queens Park Rangers followed, before he joined Leeds United in 2012. He returned to both Rangers and Palace after leaving The Whites in 2013. He final job before his current role at Cardiff was with Rotherham United. A team struggling at the bottom of the Championship, he rescued them and was offered the chance to stay into the next season. He was appointed as Cardiff boss in October 2016.

Pre-Match Briefing

Dean Smith: 'We go into each game feeling that we are competitive and playing well'

John Egan: "If we bring our A game then there aren't many teams who can live with us"

Opposition View: Dominic Booth of Wales Online

Familiar Faces: Take a look at the common connections between us and The Bluebirds

Moment in Time: Club records tumble as The Bees and Cardiff meet at Griffin Park

We Meet Again: Scott Hogan's late brace secures the points for The Bees in April 2016

Ticket News

Tickets for Tuesday's game against Cardiff City are on sale to Previous Purchasers now. With The Bees looking to close the gap to the Play-Offs, get behind Dean and the boys by getting your match tickets here. 

Betting Preview

Principal partners LeoVegas have a range of markets on tonight's game. Check out their match markets here.

Match Coverage

iFollow Brentford will be live from 7.15pm with Mark Burridge hosting Matchday Live with guests Marcus Gayle and Marcus Bean. Please note, as the game is being shown live on Sky Sports, overseas supporters will not be able to watch the match through iFollow. Full audio commentary will still be available. 

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 1 Cardiff City 3

Bees lose early lead and slip to home defeat

13 March 2018

Your Brentford v Cardiff City match report powered by Utilita

Brentford were unable to capitalise on an early goal from Neal Maupay as they slipped to defeat against promotion-chasing Cardiff City. The Bees went ahead very early on and played some superb football as they went for the jugular against the team that will go in to the final stretch of the season in second place in the Sky Bet Championship. The visitors were ahead by half time, scoring from a set piece and then capitalising on a defensive error, and added a third after the break to make sure.

The 3-1 final score line was probably not a reflection of the possession or territory in the game but did show the difference between the teams in the penalty areas. After a tricky opening, Cardiff defended very well, throwing bodies in the way and allowing few clear sights of goal. They also made the most of any slight lapses from The Bees and took the points.

Brentford flew out of the blocks and went on the attack from the first whistle. They could have been ahead inside 20 seconds and did score within five minutes, making the most of their fast start. The movement of Maupay and pace of Sergi Canós worried the visiting defence and they were at the heart of everything Brentford did in the opening exchanges.

The first chance of the game came from the kick-off. The Bees went straight on the attack down the right, Canós got away from Joe Bennett and cut the ball back to Maupay but his shot was saved by Neil Etheridge with his feet. Maupay did not, however, have to wait long for his goal. Canós battled his way through on the right and played in Maupay, who beat the offside trip – taking advantage of a late step up from Bruno Ecuele Manga, raced clear and slotted past Etheridge. It was an excellent finish from the French striker and gave The Bees a goal their start merited.

It could have been two soon after when, following a quick free kick, Canós weaved in to the box and had a shot blocked. The follow-up from Ollie Watkins was also blocked as Cardiff’s defence showed signs of creaking. Going forward, however, the visitors were showing an early threat. They were direct often, playing long to Kenneth Zohore, and looked for set pieces, including long throws, but also had pace on the flanks and could play intricate football in the final third.

They almost scored from a Junior Hoilett corner that flicked the crossbar on its way over and it took a superb save from Daniel Bentley to deny Callum Paterson when he shot from ten yards after a great run on the left from Zohore. The Cardiff centre forward drifted all over the front line but the visitors generally played down the left and look to exploit any space they could find there. The early goal gave them little option but to attack and the game was end-to-end inside the first half hour.

Yoann Barbet fired a free kick in to a defensive wall and Watkins lashed the loose ball high and wide before a corner was cleared to Chris Mepham on the edge of the penalty area and his shot deflected wide. The resulting corner was worked cleverly short again and Watkins worked his way in to the penalty area but shot well wide. At the other end Bentley made a save from Hoilett after Zohore had again got away on the left and moments later the visitors were level.

Cardiff worked a corner short and the cross dropped to Zohore but his effort was blocked. Sol Bamba took over and swivelled superbly before arrowing a shot in to the corner of the net. Bentley had made a series of saves but was helpless as the ball whistled past him with the Cardiff defender belying his stature to finish excellently.

That could have rocked The Bees but they went straight back on the attack, looking to restore their lead. Cardiff were, this time, prepared for it and there were fewer good chances. Watkins was tackled by Sean Morrison when it looked as if a shooting chance had opened up and Nico Yennaris then saw an effort blocked. Canós looked as if he had got through and on to a Maupay pass but he couldn’t round Etheridge and the goalkeeper made a tackle.

Maupay shot over for The Bees and Etheridge made a good save to deny Canós after the midfield man had spun and got on to a Barbet throw. Bentley made a superb stop at the other end when Nathanial Mendez-Laing got on to a Zohore pass and clear, the Brentford goalkeeper winning the one-on-one battle. Mepham also had to make an acrobatic clearance deep inside his six-yard box when Morrison met the resulting corner with a downward header.

Just when it looked as if the teams would go in level at the break, Cardiff exploited a mistake to edge in front. Clarke failed to properly control a Bentley kick and was robbed by Hoilett, the wide man got away and cut the ball back for Paterson and he fired high in to the net past Bentley. The Brentford goalkeeper got a hand to the shot but could not keep it out and the visitors had the lead at the break.

That was a lead they looked to build on after the interval. Zohore shot wide when a long throw dropped loose and when Paterson nodded a corner down, The Bees had to scramble it away. Maupay had a shot blocked at the other end and Brentford looked as if they had worked a clear opening when Ryan Woods threaded a pass and Watkins got a sight of goal but Bamba came across to make a brave block and Cardiff survived.

That proved to be crucial when they extended their lead moments later. A free kick was thrown deep in to Brentford territory and headed down, as defenders dithered, Zohore nipped in to poke the ball home and give Cardiff a two-goal cushion. It could have been worse for The Bees as Bentley tipped a looping header from Zohore away and Morrison headed wide. Morrison then nodded a corner down and Zohore’s header was cleared off the line by Yennaris.

Brentford needed to make changes and introduced Lewis Macleod and Emiliano Marcondes Camargo Hansen, soon followed by Alan Judge. That gave The Bees a bit of forward momentum and they looked like they might create chances. Emiliano saw a shot deflect wide before John Egan’s shot on the turn was blocked. There was a moment of concern at the other end when Bentley had to make an aerial challenge to deny Zohore after a careless Romaine Sawyers back pass but most of the action was at the other end.

Egan had a header saved and then missed a golden chance when a Macleod free kick dropped loose inside the six-yard box, the centre back firing wide from close range. Judge had a shot saved after getting away from Manga and Barbet sliced wide as the seconds ticked down. Even in stoppage time Brentford would have salvaged something when Judge saw a shot blocked and the ball dropped to Egan ten yards out but he fired high and wide and Cardiff had the points.

Brentford: Bentley; Clarke, Egan, Mepham, Barbet; Woods; Canós (sub Emiliano 69 mins), Sawyers, Yennaris (sub Macleod 69 mins), Watkins; Maupay (sub Judge 76 mins)

Subs (not used): Daniels, Mokotjo, McEachran, Ogbene

Bookings: Mepham (66 mins) (second of season)

Cardiff City: Etheridge; Bamba, Morrison, Manga, Bennett; Damour, Grujić; Mendez-Laing (sub Traoré 88 mins), Paterson, Hoilett (sub Wildschut 82 mins); Zohore (sub Madine 77 mins)

Subs (not used): Murphy, Pilkington, Halford, Connolly

Bookings: Manga (18 mins), Damour (55 mins), Morrison (71 mins).

Attendance: 8,549 (984 away fans)

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Ticket News

Tickets for tonight’s match still available

Jump the queue, save time tonight, buy and print your own tickets!

13 March 2018

There are still tickets available for tonight’s clash against promotion chasing Cardiff City. With an in-form Cardiff selling their full allocation and The Bees hammering five past Birmingham City last time out here under the lights, we are set for another great game at Griffin Park.

*Please note this game will not go on general sale and even Club Members need a previous ticket purchase history to qualify to buy for this game.


  • Club Members: Tuesday 26 December, 10am (one per person)
  • Season Ticket Holders: Thursday 28 December, 10am (three per person)
  • Club Members additional tickets: Thursday 28 December, 10am (three per person)
  • Previous Ticket purchasers: Tuesday 2 January, 10am (four per person)

Please note this game will not go on general sale and even Club Members need a previous ticket purchase history to qualify to buy for this game.

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Blocks Adults Seniors


Braemar Road Stand 
(B300, B301, B305)
23 17 15 6
Braemar Road Stand 
(All other blocks)
28 22 20 
New Road Stand 
(N500, N501, N507, N508)
23  17  15 
New Road Stand 
(All other blocks)
28  22  20 
Ealing Road Terrace 23 17 15 6

All prices exclude booking fees:

  • No booking fees for online purchases at
  • 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



7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Save on fees

  • 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.


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.


More information can be found online here.

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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