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Match Preview: Stoke City

Bees head to Stoke for first time since 2001

10 August 2018

Brentford travel to Stoke City for a 3pm kick-off on Saturday 11 August, playing their first away game of the 2018/19 Sky Bet Championship.

Dean Smith's side got off to a great start last weekend, beating Rotherham United 5-1 at Griffin Park. Now they face a Stoke side relegated from the Premier League last season, who were beaten 3-1 by Leeds United on Sunday.

The Bees have only followed up an opening day win with another one twice in the past 15 years.

The Opposition

Stoke City will host The Bees in a league match for the first time since 10 November 2001, when the home side came away with a 3-2 victory despite goals from Ben Burgess and Lloyd Owusu. 

In the last 20 years, Brentford have won their second game of the season 10 times. The last time they followed an opening day win with a victory in their second match was back in 2006, when Northampton Town were put to the sword after first winning against Blackpool.

Stoke's new recruits over the summer include Wales international Ashley Williams (on loan from Everton), Sam Clucas (from Swansea City on deadline day), James McClean (from West Brom) and Tom Ince (from Huddersfield Town). Heading out the door were Stephen Ireland and Glen Johnson (both released), as well as Lee Grant (to Manchester United) and Xherdan Shaqiri (to Liverpool).

Team News

Emiliano Marcondes will be missing for a few weeks, recovering from a knock he picked up against Watford in pre-season. Rico Henry is also still on the road to recovery, working hard to be back this season for The Bees. Chiedozie Ogbene is also missing from action, having missed some of training this week with a knock.

Julian Jeanvier is still waiting for a Brentford debut after appearing on the bench against Rotherham, while new recruit Moses Odubajo could be included in his first Bees squad since the 2015 Championship Play-Off Final. 

For Stoke, Ibrahim Afellay is out with a knee injury that he sustained in pre-season. Benik Afobe, Badou Ndiaye and Erik Pieters all played a part in the opening game of the season after shaking off knocks of their own. 

Deadline Day signing Sam Clucas, brought in from Swansea City, could be in line to make his debut for The Potters. 

The Manager

Worcestershire-born Gary Rowett has been tasked with getting Stoke straight back up to the Premier League this season. A defender in his playing days, he moved around between clubs from 1991-2007.

Starting out at Cambridge United, a short spell at Everton soon turned into a loan with Blackpool. Derby County was the next stop, where he played over 100 games and then moved to Birmingham. Leicester City, Charlton Athletic and Burton were the final stops in a 16-year football career.

The 44-year-old started his coaching career at Burton Albion in 2012 before moving back to Birmingham City two years later. After a surprise sacking from The Blues, Rowett joined another former employer Derby County in 2017. A year later, after leading The Rams to a Play-Off Semi-Final, he left to join Stoke.

Pre-Match Features

Hot Off The Press: Pete Smith Previews The Potters

Window Shut: Transfer business in and out of Griffin Park

We Meet Again: Stoke highlights from previous meetings

Head to Head

Stoke City wins: 12

Draws: 7

Brentford wins: 4

Last competitive meeting: Second Division Play-Off Final, 11 May 2002 (0-2 defeat)

Last meeting squad: Smith; Anderson, Ingimarsson, Powell, Dobson; Evans, Rowlands (O'Connor 78), Sidwell, Hunt; Burgess (McCammon 70), Owusu

Match Coverage

Mark Burridge is your host from the bet365 Stadium on Stanley Matthews Way. He'll be joined by Mick Cabble and Ciaran Brett, bringing you live match commentary from the Franklyn Stand media hub.

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

Stoke City 1 Brentford 1

Bees earn a point in The Potteries

11 August 2018

Ollie Watkins scored a second half equaliser as Brentford earned a point against pre-season promotion-favourites Stoke City. The Bees fell behind before the break after handing Stoke a golden opportunity which Benik Afobe gladly took. But they put that behind them, hit back to level after the interval and should probably have gone on to win the game.

A point was the least The Bees deserved from their afternoon. Stoke’s goal came out of nothing and Brentford limited their hosts to very few chances. At the other end, Jack Butland more than earned his corn with some fine saves while other chances came and went. The Bees dominated possession and territory and will feel disappointed to have taken just a point from the game.

Brentford were on the front foot from the early minutes. They looked very comfortable in their surroundings and dominated possession and territory. The Bees were quicker to the second balls in midfield when Stoke looked to play long and they passed up the pitch with confidence and quality. Josh McEachran dictated play from the base of midfield but there were pockets of space for Lewis Macleod and Romaine Sawyers to play in as well which enabled Brentford to create chances.

They should have been ahead inside five minutes when Watkins robbed Ryan Shawcross and Neal Maupay had a run at goal, but Bruno Martins Indi ate up the ground as he chased back and as the Brentford striker waited for the perfect chance to shoot, the tackle was made. Yoann Barbet had a shot blocked from the resulting corner and forced Butland in to a save from a free kick later in the half as Brentford pressed. Macleod also saw a shot deflect wide after another move where Brentford played their way through the home midfield.

Stoke didn’t look comfortable with Brentford’s all-action style. The Bees forced mistakes as they harried their hosts all over the pitch. There was quality on show for the home side but only seen in fits and starts in the opening exchanges as they couldn’t get the ball in to dangerous areas. Their only real sight of goal early on came from a Moritz Bauer long throw that Shawcross got a head to but Daniel Bentley saved comfortably.

At the other end, a ball in to the penalty area from Henrik Dalsgaard almost created an opening for Watkins but he was crowded out. Another attack soon after led to Dalsgaard getting in a good position on the right and lashing a shot wide at the near post before Sergi Canós got on to a poor pass from Bauer and let fly from 20 yards but Butland saved low down.

Stoke had hardly been in the game and had lost Martins Indi to injury just before the half hour. But that break seemed to give them time to regroup and when Brentford handed them a goal soon after, the game swung in their favour. The goal came from an innocuous long ball forward, it bounced 25 yards from Brentford’s goal and Bentley started to come as Chris Mepham followed the flight of the pass towards his net, the defender then nodded it past the onrushing goalkeeper as communication broke down and Afobe was able to run on and tap in to an empty net.

It was a goal out of nothing, one Stoke didn’t deserve and one Brentford handed to them. The hosts then pushed on looking to make the most of the gift. A Tom Ince shot was blocked and James McClean headed wide later in the half. There could have been a second goal just before the break when, after Bentley appeared to be fouled as he came for a high ball with Shawcross challenging, Ince had a header cleared off the line by Ezri Konsa.

But Brentford weathered a bit of a storm and arguably had the better of the later stages of the half. They could have levelled when Canós got clear and slipped Maupay in but the striker’s lofted effort bounced the wrong side of the post after beating Butland. Canós also lashed over later in the half before a low Watkins shot was saved. Sawyers also had a sight of goal when Watkins fed a Dalsgaard ball back in to his path but he was crowded out as he went to pull the trigger.

That meant The Bees went in to the interval one down with the home crowd roused but knowing they had done enough in the first half to be at least level. And they went out after the break determined to get themselves back on terms. Stoke sat deeper after the break, inviting The Bees to play in front of them. That ensured Brentford dominated possession but there were few really good chances.

Macleod saw a shot saved after good work by the increasingly lively Canós and the provider then almost scored himself with a drive in to the box and a shot that deflected in to the side netting. A poor touch from Maupay almost enabled Stoke to grab a second when Ince was played through on the right side but his shot was deflected wide. And that block from Barbet proved vital when Brentford equalised midway through the half.

It was a goal to savour for the 1,400 travelling fans as The Bees moved the ball down the left from back to front. Watkins picked it up and moved through the gears, he stepped inside and exchanged passes with Maupay before drilling a shot from 20 yards past Butland and in to the net. The England goalkeeper had no time to set himself as the shot fizzed past him and Brentford were level.

That set up a grandstand finish as Brentford sensed that three points might be available to them. Watkins blasted just wide after good work from substitute Nico Yennaris and a low effort from Saïd Benrahma, also off the bench, was pushed out by Butland, just away from Maupay. Bentley gathered a weak header from Shawcross at the other end but it was Brentford that were pressing for the winner.

The Bees looked as if they had it when Sawyers and Yennaris combined to free Watkins in the inside left channel, he cut inside and blasted towards the top corner but Butland made a superb stop to push the effort away. The resulting corner reached Barbet but he blasted wide and Benrahma had another shot blocked soon after before referee Andy Davies waved away penalty appeals when it looked as if Watkins had been fouled by Erik Pieters. Maupay also saw a shot roll inches wide with Butland beaten after he got on to a Watkins pass.

Stoke had been unable to create much in the later stages as Brentford pushed them back. Afobe had half a sight of goal when he got on to a long ball but Mepham quickly shut the door and a long-range effort from Peter Etebo flew well over. Even in the dying seconds it was Brentford pressing, Maupay found space 20 yards out and let fly but his shot was blocked and that was the last chance of winner gone.

Stoke City: Butland; Bauer, Martins Indi (sub Williams 26 mins), Shawcross, Pieters; Allen, Fletcher (sub Crouch 77 mins); Ince, Bojan (sub Etebo 64 mins), McClean; Afobe

Subs (not used): Federici, Diouf, Berahino, Edwards

Bookings: McClean (13 mins), Allen (53 mins)

Brentford: Bentley; Dalsgaard, Konsa, Mepham, Barbet; McEachran (sub Mokotjo 56 mins); Canós (sub Benrahma 67 mins), Sawyers, Macleod (sub Yennaris 67 mins), Watkins; Maupay

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

Attendance: 24,806 (1,390 Bees fans)

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Ticket News

Last chance to follow The Bees to Stoke

Tickets for tomorrow’s game are available until 4pm today – they won’t be available on matchday

10 August 2018

Our opening away league game is at the Bet365 Stadium tomorrow as we face recently-relegated Stoke City. Tickets are available and on sale to all Brentford supporters until 4pm today. We have been advised by Stoke City that there will be NO Pay of the Day tomorrow. Any Bees fans without tickets on matchday will not be allowed entry to the ground.

Away ticket collections at the Bet365 Stadium will be available at the Satellite Ticket Office after 1pm.


  • Season Ticket Holders: Thursday 2 August
  • Club Members: Saturday 4 August
  • General Sale: Monday 6 August

Ticket sales end at 4pm Friday 10 August.

Tickets available: 2,230

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Standard prices £25 £19 £15 £12
Disabled £19 £19 £15 £12

All prices exclude booking fees:

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  • Admin fee of £2.50 per transaction (not per ticket), plus a £1 postage fee when booking over the phone


Coaches depart from Layton Road Car Park at 10.15am. Book by phone on 0203 665 7371 or 07414 883220, Monday to Friday, 12pm-8pm.


Travel Club 

Season Ticket Holders
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Prices £21 £23 £26

Join the Bees Travel Club and save on coach fares. Membership is just £25 for the season, free for those 12 and under, and affords members a number of benefits. For further information please email


Children aged 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. There will be no re-grades on the day of the game. 

If you require headsets, please contact Stoke City ticket office via email or via phone on 01782 367599.


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. Members discount does not apply to away games.

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