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Match Preview: Watford

Bees host Hornets in only home match of pre-season

27 July 2018

Brentford vs Watford

Pre-season friendly

Griffin Park

Kick-off 3pm

The Opposition

Since their takeover by the Pozzo family in 2012, Watford have gone from strength to strength and have found their feet in the Premier League. Three seasons in the Championship saw a whole host of managers try to get to the top flight, until finally Slavisa Jokanovic pushed them all the way in 2015. Now under the guidance of former Sociedad star Javi Gracia, The Hornets' next challenge will be breaking into the top tier's top ten.

Already this summer, there has been plenty of business at Vicarage Road. Goalkeeper Ben Foster made a return to Hertfordshire from the West Midlands, having previously played in WD18 between 2005-2007. Barcelona product Gerard Deulofeu joins fellow newbie Ken Sema on the wing after the Swede also signed on from Ostersunds. Academy products Dennon Lewis and Charlie Rowan made for the exit, joining Falkirk and Torino respectively. Meanwhile, goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon signed for Nottingham Forest, and Richarlison made a £40 million move to Everton.

Team News

Rico Henry continues his recovery from an injury he sustained last season and will be missing from action at Griffin Park. Chris Mepham has been back in training this week after a shouder injury he picked up in Germany, and could return to the field for the visit of Watford.

The Manager

Javi Gracia took charge of Watford in January, taking the reins from the outgoing Marco Silva. Prior to that, Gracia had never managed in England before, but had taken control of Spanish teams like Osasuna and Malaga. He started his coaching career in his home country with Villarreal before moving out for a spell in Greece between 2011 and 2012. He returned to Spain to coach Almeria before once again leaving for another European outpost, this time Rubin Kazan in Russia for the 2016-17 season. From there, he then joined Watford.

A holding midfielder in his playing days, he shared most of his competitive appearances between Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao in Spain. His other spells included time with U.E. Lleida, Real Valladolid and Cordoba CF. He also had a three-year stint at Villarreal between 1999 and 2002, where he returned to begin coaching one of the youth teams just two years later.

Last Time Out

Now a Watford player, Andre Gray netted the first goal against them back in February 2015 during a Sky Bet Championship match at Griffin Park. Odion Ighalo then scored a brace in the second half to snatch a win for the away side. Watford would later secure promotion from second place in the table, while Brentford went on to finish fifth before being knocked out by Middlesbrough in the Play-Off Semi-Finals.

Ticket News

Tickets for tomorrow's game are available online or on the day at the Ticket Office. Advance Adult tickets are £12 in the Braemar Road Stand and £10 in the Ealing Road Terrace. Junior tickets (Under 18) are available from just £1, buy online here.

You can also get 50 Ticket Access Points (TAPs) for attending this fixture, although you will need a paper ticket as Brentford Cards will not be activated for this match.

Match Coverage

iFollow Brentford will be broadcasting from Griffin Park at 2.30pm with Matchday Live hosted by Mark Burridge. For this game he'll be joined on the gantry by former Brentford and Watford forward Marcus Gayle.

Download the Official Brentford 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 Watford 2

Bees lose final pre-season friendly to Premier League side

28 July 2018

Brentford’s final pre-season friendly before the start of their 2018/19 Sky Bet Championship ended in defeat to Watford. The Bees started the game superbly and deserved the early lead given to them by Ollie Watkins. But Premier League side hit back and were ahead by the half hour after two defensive errors. Henrik Dalsgaard scored an own goal to level the game and former Brentford striker Andre Gray got on to a loose Daniel Bentley pass to score what proved to be the winner.

Defeat on the afternoon was probably harsh on Brentford, who went toe-to-toe with their Premier League opponents for most of the contest. They were much the better side in the early exchanges and the second half but when Watford had the upper hand they got two goals and made life difficult for The Bees. Brentford pressed after the interval but couldn’t find a way to level the match.

With the EFL starting a week before the Premier League, it was to be expected that Brentford would be closer to top speed than their visitors. Watford also came in to the game after playing another friendly against Stevenage the day before, with eight of their starting XI at Griffin Park featuring for the final 30 minutes in that match. And that may have explained why Brentford started quicker and got themselves in front within five minutes.

The goal came from a free kick that was lashed towards goal by Emiliano Marcondes Camargo Hansen. The effort dipped and swerved and had Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster scrambling, he managed to get hands to it but could only push it out to the waiting Watkins, who converted with ease. The Bees could have been ahead before that when Nico Yennaris fed the ball in to the box and Watkins turned and got a shot away, but that effort was blocked and Neal Maupay couldn’t get on to the loose ball.

The lively Watkins had another shot blocked soon after good work by Romaine Sawyers, who was at the heart of most of what Brentford did well in the opening exchanges, and Yennaris saw a shot fade wide from 25 yards. But Brentford’s hold on the game loosened as the minutes ticked by. They were not helped by an injury to Maupay that saw him withdrawn and replaced by Marcus Forss before the quarter hour. Maupay had linked well with Watkins and Mohamed Saïd Benrahma in the early stages and the delay for the change also affected Brentford’s momentum.

Isaac Success had seen a shot saved early in the piece for Watford, but it was as the first half approached its midway point that they began to take control. They pressed Brentford higher up the pitch and The Bees stopped threading the passes through. The visitors had possession deep in Brentford territory and were creating chances.

An effort from Roberto Pereyra flicked the crossbar on the way over after Daryl Janmaat won an aerial challenge in the penalty area and Gray then lashed over after an Ashley Charles shot was blocked. Watford were threatening an equaliser but when it came, it came in strange circumstance. Gray had nodded down in to the path of Pereyra and Bentley made a superb save from the low shot, Dalsgaard had time to clear but rushed it, taking his eye off the ball and slicing it in to his own net.

Watford’s second, ten minutes later, was also one for Brentford to forget. The pressure applied by the visitors told as Bentley passed straight to Gray 20 yards out, the striker steadied himself and placed a shot back past the Brentford goalkeeper and in to the net. It could have been worse for Brentford as Bentley was forced to push out a curling José Holebas corner underneath his crossbar between the goals.

But having got themselves in front, Watford seemed to ease off a little. Brentford regrouped as half time approached and Benrahma had a sight of goal only to see his effort fly over the bar. The Bees continued to hold the upper hand after the break and an early shot from Josh McEachran, after a short corner, was palmed away rather unconvincingly by Foster. There was also an opening when Watkins got on to a loose ball but the eventual shot from Benrahma was saved.

A plethora of substitutions on the hour mark from both teams could have caused the game to stagnate but it, in fact, came to life. Brentford moved up a gear while Watford regrouped after seven changes and The Bees had chances to level, albeit Isaac Success almost weaved through at the other end before Ezri Konsa came across to make a vital tackle. Watkins shot wide for the home side before seeing a header from a Benrahma cross deflect wide.

Lewis Macleod met the resulting corner from Benrahma but Foster beat Forss to the loose ball. Macleod then shot across the face of goal after exchanging passes with the increasingly influential Benrahma. Another cross from Benrahma then deflected towards Watkins at the far post but he was unable to force it in.

Most of Brentford’s chances were falling to Watkins, who was moved into a more central position after more substitutions from the home side with 20 minutes to go. He had a low shot saved after a great run from Yennaris and then lashed over when he got a Sawyers pass at the end of an incisive attack. The best chance may have been when he capitalised on a high ball that Adrian Mariappa failed to deal with, but he took time to control and was crowded out.

Watford had the ball in the net twice in the second half, both from clear offside positions, and Pereyra curled a free kick over, but most of the action was at the other end. Alan Judge shot over when a Luke Daniels goal kick bounced all the way through and in the dying seconds a Sergi Canós shot was deflected in to the arms of Foster. But Brentford couldn’t find a way through and Watford had the win.

Brentford: Bentley (sub Daniels 60 mins); Dalsgaard (sub Clarke 60 mins), Konsa, Mepham (sub Barbet 60 mins), Yennaris; McEachran (sub Woods 71 mins); Benrahma (sub Canós 71 mins), Sawyers (sub Mokotjo 71 mins), Emiliano (sub Macleod 60 mins), Watkins; Maupay (sub Forss 14 mins (sub Judge 71 mins))

Watford: Foster; Janmaat (sub Navarro 60 mins), Kabasele (sub Prödl 60 mins), Britos (sub Mariappa 60 mins), Holebas (sub Masina h/t); Pereyra, Charles (sub Wilmot 60 mins), Capoue (sub Rodwell 60 mins), Sema (sub Jakubiak 60 mins); Success, Gray (sub Deeney 60 mins)

Attendance: 3,628

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Ticket News

It’s not too late to get your Watford Ticket…

Tickets are still available online and at our ‘cash only’ turnstiles today

28 July 2018

The Bees face Watford today for our last pre-season friendly and it’s not too late to join us! Skip the queues before the match, buy your ticket online here, print it at home and you can walk straight into the ground. Alternatively you can go to one of our allocated ‘cash only’ turnstiles to buy your Match Ticket. Card payments will be available from the Ticket Office.

Buy your tickets to watch the boys in red and white for Adults £12 in Braemar Road and £10 in Ealing Road, Junior Match Tickets are available from only £1! Book yours now.

Advanced prices


Adults (18+)


Braemar Road Stand 



Ealing Road Terrace



All prices exclude booking fees:

  • No booking fees for online purchases at
  • No booking fees apply when buying in person from the Ticket Office
  • Paper ticket fixture only - no Brentford Cards will be accepted

TAPs (Ticket Access Points)

 50 TAPs to those who attend this fixture.

How to buy tickets

Buy online 

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
  • from some of our turnstiles before the match (cash only)
  • disabled fans by phone 020 8847 2511 (option 1), Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm

We will only be issuing paper tickets for this fixture – no Brentford Cards will be accepted. Match Tickets will only be available in Braemar Road and Ealing Road – Tickets won’t be available in New Road. 

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)
  • Adults - 18+ (as of the 1 August)

We will only be issuing paper tickets for this fixture – no Brentford Cards will be accepted. Match Tickets will only be available in Braemar Road and Ealing Road – Tickets won’t be available in New Road. Tickets will have a numbered seat, however seating is unreserved within the block the tickets are bought for.

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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