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Match Preview: Brentford vs Norwich City

All the action ahead of today's New Year's Day game at Griffin Park

1 January 2019

After an unbeaten festive period, Thomas Frank and The Bees will look to begin 2019 with a win as we welcome Norwich City to Griffin Park. Here's all the info you need ahead of today's big game.

THE OPPOSITION

Talked about as promotion challengers in each of the last three seasons, this season looks like it could be The Canaries best chance of ending their three-year exile from the top flight of English football. 

Norwich's summer was dominated by the departure of a host of key players. James Maddison and Josh Murphy made the jump to the Premier League with Leicester City and Cardiff City while Wes Hoolahan retired and Angus Gunn returned to parent club Manchester City.

Despite all that, City go into today's game second in the table, two points clear of West Bromwich Albion in third. Late drama has been very much the order of the day for Canaries' fans in recent weeks with Daniel Farke's side netting five injury-time goals in their last nine matches. The boot was the other foot last time out, however, as Derby County netted in the 87th and 90th minute to grab a 4-3 win at Carrow Road on Saturday. 

Norwich have been one of the division's great entertainers this term with their last nine league games seeing 39 goals. Summer signing Teemu Puki (pictured above) has quickly become a fans favourite, netting 15 goals in 22 games since joining, while at the other end of the pitch Tim Krul has been earning rave reviews since he swapped Brighton for Norwich in July.

TEAM NEWS

Chris Mepham could be in line to return after missing the trips to Bristol City and Birmingham City but Lewis Macleod, Marcus Forss, and Emiliano Marcondes are definitely out. 

For Norwich, they will be without Emi Buendia, Jamal Lewis, and Moritz Leitner, the trio are all likely to be sidelined until midway through this month. 

THE MANAGER

Daniel Farke took over at Carrow Road in the summer of 2017 after two years as Head Coach of Borussia Dortmund II. Farke's playing career was dominated by three spells with SV Lippstadt 08, the club with whom he started his managerial career in 2009.

The 41-year-old spent six years with SV, earning back-to-back promotions from the Westfalenliga to the Regionalliga West, the fourth tier of German football. In 2015, Farke took over from Huddersfield boss David Wagner at Borussia II, a position he held until May last year when he headed to East Anglia.

PRE-MATCH FEATURES

READ: Dave Freezer previews what to expect from The Canaries

REF WATCH: Gavin Ward has been handed today's game at Griffin Park

LAST TIME OUT

A single Emi Buendia goal was enough to decide October's meeting at Carrow Road. 

TICKET AND TRAVEL INFO

Tickets for today's game will be on sale until kick-off. For today's game, Season Ticket Holders can bring two mates to for £10 each. 

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MATCH COVERAGE

Mark Burridge is your host for Matchday Live from 2.30pm at Griffin Park, he'll be joined by Luis Melville and Marcus Gayle to take you through the game's action.

Today's game will also be available to watch live, at home and abroad, on iFollow Brentford as well as the Sky Football red button. 

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 Norwich City 1

A point each to start 2019

1 January 2019

Brentford completed an unbeaten festive fixture programme with a 1-1 draw against promotion-chasing Norwich City. The Bees added the Griffin Park point to start 2019 to a win over Bolton Wanderers and draws against Birmingham City and Bristol City in a frantic ten-day Christmas and New Year schedule. Julian Jeanvier scored in the first half as it looked as if The Bees might take a full compliment of points from the contest, but Timm Klose’s header snuck inside the post with just minutes remaining to leave the scores level.

The point was the least Brentford deserved against opponents that started the day second in the table. They had got on top of an exciting game when Jeanvier headed in and looked to have Norwich under control in the second period. But the visitors made the most of a deflection to earn themselves a share of the spoils.

Both teams started the game with an attacking mindset. Brentford looked to get the ball wide, particularly to Sergi Canós, and attack with pace on the flanks while Norwich tried to have their players high up the pitch, stop The Bees playing through midfield and win the ball in dangerous areas. The game was end-to-end from almost the first whistle and it was stretched early on. That meant there were chances at both ends in the opening exchanges.

The best probably fell to Saïd Benrahma when he met a low Henrik Dalsgaard cross, after good work by Canós, 15 yards out but the shot was weak and easily cleared. Mario Vrančić had a similar chance from a similar position at the other end after Jeanvier had given the ball away but he dragged his shot past the far post. A Canós cross then landed on top of the crossbar before good defensive work from Kamohelo Mokotjo stopped Marco Stiepermann meeting a cross from Onel Hernández.

Norwich’s slick interchanges were creating chances and Rico Henry had to come across to prevent Teemu Pukki getting on to one clever pass. The Norwich striker claimed he had been fouled but referee Gavin Ward waved away appeals. And the official did so again moments later when Max Aarons theatrically threw himself to the floor in his own half.

But Norwich’s willingness to attack was also giving Brentford space. The game was a fine spectacle and The Bees were going toe-to-toe with the high-flyers. Neal Maupay saw a shot blocked and then curled an effort just wide after Canós had fed a Mokotjo pass in to his path.

The goal Brentford had been threatening came just past the 20-minute mark and it originated at the heart of defence. Yoann Barbet weaved his way forward before he was brought crashing down by Christoph Zimmermann. The resulting free kick from Benrahma deflected wide but the corner came in and was headed powerfully home by Jeanvier. The French defender rose unchallenged to meet the Benrahma cross and nod in from eight yards to get his first Sky Bet Championship goal.

The pace of the game dropped after the goal. Both teams had spells of possession but were unable to make much of it. Brentford were unable to get Canós in to the game as much as they had but, instead, were using Benrahma on the left, ably supported by Henry. Norwich created a half chance for Pukki with a ball in to the inside right channel, but Barbet made the block and ensured Brentford went in to the break with the lead.

And it could have been a two-goal lead. When The Bees took a quick free kick, Dalsgaard was released on the right and delivered a cross that was met by Maupay but the covering defenders got enough of a touch on the shot to slow the momentum and enable Tim Krul to save. Benrahma had a shot blocked early in the second period after a nice turn as the game continued as it had ended at half time.

Norwich were on the front foot in the early stages of the second half and had a lot of the ball but were largely playing in front of a Brentford defence that was standing firm. And but for Krul, they would have been two down before the hour mark. A Benrahma free kick was deflected and Romaine Sawyers headed on, Ezri Konsa nodded in to the path of Jeanvier and his hook was touched towards the net by Maupay only for Krul to make a superb save to his left.

Krul was indebted to a slice of fortune soon after when a deep Benrahma corner was met on the volley by Maupay and appeared to be flying in, but it hit Konsa and bounced wide. Ollie Watkins then fired wide as the game entered the final 20 minutes. It began to get more stretched as the minutes ticked down with Norwich making attacking substitutions and committing bodies to attack. They also changed their shape to match Brentford’s three central defenders and have even more players free to go forward.

Daniel Bentley was called in to action to make a low save from a Pukki after good work by Hernández on the right and Sawyers then blocked a Zimmermann shot when a corner dropped loose. Vrančić thought he had equalised with 17 minutes left when he curled a free kick over a defensive wall from 25 yards, but the ball hit the outside of the post. Bentley was full stretch and may have got to it had the ball bent inside the upright, but it was not a theory that needed testing.

Watkins had a shot deflected wide for The Bees, but the home side appeared to have things under control when Norwich levelled. The visitors were creating little from open play but when a corner came in from the left, Klose met it, the ball flicked off Konsa and squirmed past Bentley in to the net. It was a goal that looked preventable for The Bees but Norwich had their equaliser.

It could have been worse three minutes later when, after a spell of possession, Norwich worked a shooting chance for Tom Trybull but Bentley made the save and Jordan Rhodes handled as he tried to force home the loose ball. As the minutes ticked down both teams had chances to win it. Krul made another superb save to tip a curling Maupay shot over the bar while Dennis Srbeny dragged a shot wide when well-placed. But the crucial goal wouldn’t come and the teams started 2019 with a draw.

Brentford: Bentley; Konsa, Jeanvier, Barbet; Dalsgaard, Sawyers (sub McEachran 79 mins), Mokotjo, Henry; Canós (sub Watkins 63 mins), Maupay, Benrahma (sub Judge 75 mins)

Subs (not used): Daniels, Sørensen, Odubajo, Dasilva

Bookings: Sawyers (24 mins) (seventh of season), Henry (66 mins), Dalsgaard (87 mins) (seventh of season), Watkins (90 mins) (fourth of season)

Norwich City: Krul; Aarons, Klose, Zimmermann, Godfrey; Tettey (sub Rhodes 51 mins); Cantwell (sub Srbeny 83 mins), Vrančić, Stiepermann (sub Trybull 18 mins), Hernández; Pukki

Subs (not used): McGovern, Pinto, Marshall, Hanley

Bookings: Zimmermann (20 mins), Aarons (44 mins), Klose (45 mins)

Attendance: 9,524 (1,641 away fans)

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Ticket News

Today’s tickets still available…

Tickets for today’s game are still available online

1 January 2019

It’s matchday at Griffin Park as we face Norwich City this afternoon. With your support, The Bees are looking to make it four unbeaten today. Want to join us later? Jump the queue at the Ticket Office and Collection by buying your tickets online and selecting ‘Print at Home’ ticket*.

With our away end sold out, tickets for this game are only available to supporters with a ticket purchasing history, so don’t forget to login to secure your place for this match.

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Please note: you may already have an account with us, simply enter your email address here to activate it and we will send you a new password. If you create a new account, your ticketing history will not show and therefore will not allow you to buy tickets for this game.
*Note for Members: If you select load onto card when buying your tickets online, only one will be into your Brentford Card, additional tickets will be ‘Print at home’. These can be printed when you log in into your ticketing account.

ON SALE DATES

  • Club Members: Tuesday 4 December, 10am (one per person)
    Please note: Members need to login to their ticketing account to get their membership discount and priority access. Read more here. Members are now able to upload their own Match Ticket to their Brentford Card (unless tickets were bought before Monday 10 December). Additional tickets will be issued as ‘Print at Home’. 
  • Season Ticket Holders: Thursday 6 December, 10am (three per person)
    For this game only, Season Ticket Holders can bring two mates for £10 each.
  • Club Members additional tickets: Thursday 6 December, 10am (three per person)
  • Previous Ticket Purchasers: Monday 10 December, 10am (four per person)

TICKET ACCESS POINTS

TICKET ACCESS POINTS

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Become an Adult Club Member now and save £5 off your Match Ticket, join online here.

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Matchday prices

Blocks Adults Seniors

Young
Persons

Juniors
Braemar Road Stand
(B300, B301, B305)
28 22 20 6
Braemar Road Stand
(All other blocks)
33 27 25 6
New Road Stand
(N500, N501, N507, N508)
28 22 20 6
New Road Stand
(All other blocks)
33 27 25 6
Ealing Road Terrace 28 22 20 6

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

How to buy tickets

Buy online 

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

  • By phone 0333 005 8521, 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 0333 005 8521, 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 a £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.

Customer Charter

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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