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Match Preview: Birmingham City vs Brentford

Bees face Blues at St Andrews this weekend

28 December 2018

The last game of 2018 pits Brentford against Birmingham City tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock.

The Opposition

City have steadily climbed the table after a shaky start to the 2018/19 campaign, which didn't see them collect three points until 22 September. They've won two of their last three games, taking them to seventh in the table and now just two points away from a Play-Off place. 

Their home form has been key to keeping them in check, having lost once in twelve games there this season. Home goal difference is also eight better than their away tally, thanks to 21 scored and only 12 conceded. Che Adams and Lukas Jutkiewicz are the top marksmen in the side, the former netting 11 with Jutkiewicz one behind him.

The squad also includes the three former Brentford men, who all moved to the West Midlands in August 2017. Maxime Colin hasn't missed a game all season, neither has Harlee Dean. Jota has had a mixed start to the year, playing 20 times, including twice off the bench, scoring just once.

Over the summer, the Club said goodbye to both Diego Fabbrini and Nicolai Brock-Madsen on free transfers. Goalkeeper David Stockdale also left to join Wycombe Wanderers on loan in September, Jonathan Grounds (Bolton Wanderers) and Cheikh Ndoye (Angers SCO) also leaving on temporary deals.

Goalkeeper Lee Camp joined the side on a free from Cardiff City in August, alongside Omar Bogle on loan from the newly-promoted Welsh outfit. Kristian Pedersen came in on a permanent deal from Union Berlin, while the Club also completed loan agreements for Gary Gadner (Aston Villa) and Connor Mahoney (AFC Bournemouth).

Team News

Birmingham's Kristian Pedersen will need to go through a late fitness test after missing out on the last two games with an ankle problem. David Davis and Isaac Vassell are both out injured and have actually yet to be included in a matchday squad this season.

For The Bees, Emiliano Marcondes will be absent with an ongoing injury he picked up against West Brom. Chris Mepham missed the Boxing Day trip to Bristol and is a doubt for tomorrow's match. Lewis Macleod and Marcus Forss look set for longer spells on the sidelines, while Josh Clarke recently completed 45 minutes for Brentford B but is still chasing a return to full fitness.

The Manager

Garry Monk took charge of Birmingham nine months ago, replacing the outgoing Steve Cotterill. Prior to that, he had a six-month spell at the helm of Middlesbrough shortly after his year at Leeds United. His first role in management had come at Swansea City, which had followed his retirement from professional football. 

A defender who made over 220 appearances across the top four tiers of English football with Swansea, Monk spent a decade with the Welsh side. Starting at Torquay in the mid-1990s, he moved to Southampton in 1996. A handful of loan spells followed, including time at Oxford United, Sheffield Wednesday and Barnsley. In 2004, the move to Wales settled the then-25-year-old, who remained there until 2015.

Last Time Out

Josh McEachran scores his first professional goal as Brentford draw 1-1 with The Blues at Griffin Park a few months ago.

Pre-Match Features

Ref Watch: Peter Bankes in charge of St Andrews tie

Yoann Barbet: Bristol draw, 100 games and upcoming fixtures

Travel Guide: Get to Birmingham City with us

Matchday Coverage

Mark Burridge brings you all the updates from St Andrews alongside Mick Cabble from 2.30pm on iFollow. Commentary comes to you directly, as does analysis of the game and updates from around the EFL.

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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Birmingham City 0 Brentford 0

Bees end 2018 with goalless draw

29 December 2018

Brentford extended their unbeaten festive run to three games with another away draw, this time against Birmingham City. The Bees added a 0-0 draw with Birmingham in their last game of 2018 to a 1-1 away to Bristol City on Boxing Day and a 1-0 win over Bolton Wanderers just before Christmas to make it five points from three games with one goal conceded. It was a hard-earned point for The Bees, but it was not a game that will live long in the memory.

On a mild December afternoon, there were few chances and neither goalkeeper was unduly troubled. Brentford had the better of the first half without creating clear-cut openings while Birmingham committed more men to attack after the break and had spells of pressure. But Daniel Bentley earned his second clean sheet in three as Brentford continued to build an unbeaten run.

The game started at a sedate pace. With Josh McEachran in the centre of their midfield, Brentford dictated the play in the early stages but did so at quite a low tempo. Birmingham were happy to sit deep and allow Brentford to have the ball, showing no inclination to attempt to win it back until The Bees got in to attacking positions. The chances that came in the early stages went the way of the visitors but there was nothing clear-cut.

An acrobatic effort from Sergi Canós was the only real effort at goal in the opening 20 minutes and that was cleared deep inside the Birmingham penalty area. A good move started by a raking McEachran pass allowed Neal Maupay to find space in the penalty area and he went over with Harlee Dean at his back before he could get a shot away, but referee Peter Bankes said no offence had been committed. Canós then had a shot blocked when a pass to Maupay in space was on before attempting to pick out a pass to the same team mate seconds later when a strike on goal seemed the better option.

Birmingham had been non-committal in the opening exchanges. They had sat very deep and waited for errors in Brentford’s passing, which had been few and far between. They were solid in defence and looked to get the ball long to striker Lukas Jutkiewicz so they could play in Brentford’s half. A long-range shot from Jota was comfortably saved by Bentley but as the game went past the half hour mark, neither goalkeeper had been troubled.

A spell of Birmingham pressure had seen Ezri Konsa slice a cross over his own crossbar and Jutkiewicz get on to a knock down and turned sharply but his shot was blocked. Che Adams also lashed well off target for the hosts but Brentford put together a couple of moves late in the half that could have led to the opening goal. After a long spell of possession, Ollie Watkins released Moses Odubajo and his deep cross was met on the volley by Rico Henry but it bounced past the far post. Maupay then missed the target with a header, under pressure from Wes Harding, after more good Brentford play.

The half ended with neither team having come particularly close to scoring but the opening stages of the second period were more open. Birmingham had a higher starting position and looked prepared to allow Brentford space in order to gamble on winning the ball back in attacking areas. Wide players Jota and Jacques Maghoma were in more advanced positions and there were openings in the early minutes of the second half.

Adams saw a shot blocked after turning on the edge of the penalty area and then lost out to a brave Bentley, who went in with the boots, when it appeared a Yoann Barbet header back may be falling short. A short free kick was then worked to Maikel Kieftenbeld on the edge of the penalty area, but his shot was blocked by Julian Jeanvier. The Brentford defender was in the action at the other end, turning a Watkins corner towards goal but straight in to the arms of Lee Camp. The Birmingham goalkeeper also got down to hold on to a cross-cum-shot from Henry but only at the second attempt.

As the game entered the final quarter it started to boil over. It had been a little feisty throughout with neither team giving an inch and Mr Bankes was not always on top of the action meaning both sets of players were becoming frustrated with his decision-making. Maupay was often picked out for special attention by the official and was booked before being removed just past the hour mark. But he had taken more than his fair share of kicks from a no-nonsense Birmingham side that veered either side of the fair play line and the French striker was by no means the only player Mr Bankes should have had his eye on.

As the minutes ticked down neither team was prepared to over-commit as they chased the winner but there were chances at both ends, Bentley held on to a Jota free kick before Odubajo played in Watkins for a shot that Camp got down well to save. A move that involved Canós and Watkins led to a shooting chance for Romaine Sawyers, who was also involved earlier, but his effort on the stretch was blocked.

And that, ten minutes before the end, was the last chance of the afternoon. Balls were pumped long by the hosts but the Brentford back three held firm and faultless and the hosts were unable to create anything. The Bees could have done more with their late possession but settled for their point and continued their Christmas run.

Birmingham City: Camp; Harding, Dean, Morrison, Colin; Jota (sub Mahoney 82 mins), Kieftenbeld, G. Gardner, Maghoma; Jutkiewicz, Adams (sub Bogle 79 mins)

Subs (not used): Trueman, C. Gardner, Scarr, Dacres-Cogley, Lakin

Brentford: Bentley; Konsa, Jeanvier, Barbet; Odubajo, Sawyers, McEachran (sub Yennaris 79 mins), Henry; Watkins, Maupay (sub Benrahma 66 mins), Canós (sub Judge 82 mins)

Subs (not used): Daniels, Dalsgaard, Mokotjo, Dasilva

Bookings: Sawyers (26 mins) (sixth of season), Jeanvier (52 mins) (second of season), Maupay (64 mins) (sixth of season), Barbet (75 mins) (third of season), Yennaris (90 mins) (second of season)

Attendance: 23,909 (787 Bees fans)

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Pay on the day at St Andrew's

Tickets for today’s away game against Birmingham City are available at a cash only away turnstile from 2pm

29 December 2018

The Bees face Birmingham City this afternoon and will be looking to bring three points back to London. It’s not too late to join us, from 2pm tickets will be available at the away turnstiles at St Andrew's (cash only). All tickets for collection and any duplicates will also be available on the away turnstile.

Travel with Thomas Frank and The Bees to St Andrew's and help us end 2018 on a high.

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Disabled supporters are to pay the relevant price category and if required their carer will receive a free ticket.

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