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Match Preview: Brentford vs Birmingham City

All the info ahead of tomorrow's season opener

2 August 2019

The new Sky Bet Championship season gets underway on Saturday with the visit of Birmingham City to Griffin Park. Here's all the info you need ahead of the season kick-off.

Match Facts

  • We are unbeaten in our last five league matches against Birmingham (W3 D2 L0) since losing 1-2 in November 2016.
  • We haven’t lost at home on the opening day of a league season since August 1992 (0-2 vs Wolves), winning six and drawing three since then.
  • Birmingham are looking for their first away league win on the opening day since August 1998, when they won 2-0 at Port Vale; they’ve drawn four and lost seven since.
  • Only the two automatically promoted sides Norwich City and Sheffield United (both 49) won more home Championship points last season than us (46).
  • Birmingham are looking to win three consecutive away league games in London for the first time since April 1990 – they have started their league season with an away game in London on 14 previous occasions, winning only once (W1 D4 L9), a 2-1 win at Spurs in August 1946.

The Opposition

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Under Garry Monk, Blues began last season with transfer restrictions imposed, and finished it in 17th after a nine-point deduction was also imposed. The deduction put paid to hopes of the play-offs, but the team were able to avoid relegation with two matches still to play.

Monk had to trust the bulk of the squad which had narrowly avoided relegation the previous season. Fortunately for Blues, in Che Adams and Lukas Jutkiewicz, they had two strikers about to enjoy a golden season; the duo contributing 36 of the club's 64 league goals. Heading into March sitting eighth, there were genuine hopes around St Andrew's that a Play-Off push was on but by the end of a horror month, staying up was the main priority. 

Monk's side lost five on the bounce and received their nine-point deduction, leaving them just five points above the drop zone heading into April. An unbeaten seven-game run to the end of campaign ensured second tier football for next season.

However, much like last season, the summer has been dominated by off field matters with Monk's departure and replacement by Pep Clotet, the sale of Che Adams to Southampton, and the admission that the club will be relying heavily on youth prospects this term. 

The Manager

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Pep Clotet stepped up to the main job at St Andrew's in the summer, having been Assistant to Garry Monk previously. That role followed a short spell as Oxford United Head Coach which lasted just six months and 36 matches. After taking up coaching in his 20's, it was an inauspicious start for Pep as he was sacked from his first three jobs with all three teams getting relegated.

After failing to get promotion with Malaga, Pep's career took off when he joined the coaching staff at Swansea City in November 2013. Garry Monk's appointment saw Clotet promoted to Assistant Manager as The Swans finished eighth during the 2014/15 season. Clotet followed Monk to Leeds United but after their departure in June 2017, Clotet took the post at Oxford United rather than follow Monk to Middlesbrough. 

Team News

Brentford will be without Saïd Benrahma and Mads Bech Sorensen through injury while Joel Valencia's participation depends on international clearance being granted. Kamohelo Mokotjo returned to training on Wednesday following participation in the Africa Cup of Nations.

Birmingham's midfield Spanish duo Agustin Medina and Ivan Guzman are expected to make their debuts. England Under-21 captain Jake Clarke-Salter is also set to feature after joining on loan from Chelsea.

Last Meeting

Ticket Info

Blocks Adults Seniors

Young
Persons

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

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.

How to Follow

iFollow Brentford will be live from 2.30pm with Mark Burridge, Marcus Gayle and Mick Cabble bringing commentary of our final game of the season.

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Match Reports

Brentford 0 Birmingham City 1

Your Brentford v Birmingham City match report powered by Utilita

3 August 2019

Brentford were beaten on the first day of the 2019/20 Sky Bet Championship season as a solitary goal settled the game in favour of Birmingham City. The visitors rode their luck for much of the first half but scored 18 minutes in and that was enough to give them the points. Brentford hit the woodwork three times in a first period they dominated but could not get the goal their play deserved, and Birmingham got the win.

While there can be little doubt Birmingham were fortunate to be ahead at the interval, given they had barely mustered an attack and been forced to defend very deep, they were not in much trouble after it. They held a firm defensive shape and protected their goalkeeper Lee Camp so he had few saves to make. Brentford did not lack for effort but were unable to find the killer ball to earn at least a share of the spoils.

The Bees went on to the front foot from the first whistle. With Ollie Watkins dropping in to space in front of Birmingham’s three central midfield players and Mathias Jensen linking play in the centre of midfield, Brentford looked to get forward and were creating chances in the opening moments. Watkins looked as if he had turned free of Marc Roberts inside the first 90 seconds, but the ball ran away from him and the chance was gone.

Wing backs Rico Henry and Henrik Dalsgaard spent most of the early stages in attacking areas. With Emiliano Marcondes and Sergi Canós happy to move inside and leave space on the flanks, the Birmingham defence and midfield were stretched. Canós pulled a shot wide from distance and then did the same again when Dalsgaard nodded a chipped pass from Jensen in to his path.

Birmingham had barely been in to the Brentford half in the first ten minutes but when they did break quickly, Lukas Jutkiewicz found space in the inside left channel for a shot that was blocked by Pontus Jansson and picked up by David Raya. Julian Jeanvier then turned a low free kick wide before a mad three-minute spell. Brentford laid siege to the Birmingham goal without scoring and were then hit with a sucker punch at the other end.

Watkins looked to have broken through when he found space in the penalty area and cleverly rolled Roberts, the shot flew past Camp but hit the crossbar and bounced away. There was a better chance second later when Canós found space and cut a pass back to Marcondes, the shot was again true and beat Camp but hit the crossbar again. Birmingham were lucky to escape as Marcondes had most of the goal to aim at and plenty of time to pick his spot. The ball was recycled and Dalsgaard delivered a cross that was a fraction too high for Marcondes.

With Brentford pressing, Griffin Park was rocking and when Josh Dasilva was penalised for a trip in midfield it was seen as a chance for Birmingham to regroup. Instead, the ball was played short and Steve Seddon delivered a ball that was met by Pedersen 19 yards out. The header looped powerfully and perfectly over Raya and in to the net to give the visitors the lead, very much against the run of play.

The goal took the sting out of The Bees a bit. The tempo dropped a fraction and while they maintained control of the game, they were unable to create in the way they had done just moments earlier. And it took a brave save from Raya at the feet of Jacques Maghoma to stop the visitors going two up. But a bad challenge by Gary Gardner on Jansson, over the top of the ball and in to the shins of the Brentford defender – which may have resulted in more than a caution, seemed to revitalise the home side.

Dalsgaard fed another chipped pass in to Marcondes with only Camp to beat but this time the goalkeeper repelled The Bees rather than the woodwork, although the frame of the goal was in play seconds later. A short corner was worked via Canós and Jensen back to taker Watkins and he weaved in to the penalty area before letting fly with a shot that beat Camp and hit the near post. Once again, the visitors were fortunate as Brentford were inches from levelling.

Canós fired wide of the far post later in the half but The Bees went in at the break behind, despite taking almost complete control of the game. An early run from Dalsgaard and a clever pass that ended with Marcondes pulling a shot wide from 20 yards, seemed to suggest the second half would go the same way. But Birmingham had other ideas. They sat in a little deeper, were more compact and made themselves hard to break down. The Bees were lacking a little in tempo and initiative and the game drifted towards the hour mark.

Dasilva fired a free kick high over the bar from 25 yards when a ball in to the box may have been better and at the other end Jutkiewicz should have done better than head weakly at Raya when he got free at a free kick. After a free kick was half cleared, Jensen delivered, Janvier nodded on and a Canós header was saved by Camp. Ethan Pinnock then headed wide.

The introduction of Marcus Forss for Marcondes with 25 minutes remaining, changed Brentford’s attacking output. With Watkins moved to a wide position, The Bees had a different focal point and immediately looked more potent. Canós, now on the left, forced Camp in to a save after a Henry cross had caused difficulty for the hosts and been half cleared. Canós then got away on the left and delivered a cross that Forss looked set to head in but Maxime Colin diverted the effort wide.

Dalsgaard had a header from a Jensen corner blocked while most eyes were on players going down in the middle as they tussled for space. Jeanvier went down holding his head at one set piece but referee Gavin Ward took no action against the Birmingham players in the vicinity. And that summed up the later stages of the game. Birmingham did exactly what they had to do to keep Brentford out.

Brentford B midfield player Jan Žambůrek came on to try and open up the Birmingham defence but there was no way through. The only time Brentford created even half an opening came in stoppage time when Dalsgaard got on to a Jensen pass and crossed but the deflected effort from Forss fell in to the arms of Camp. And with that the clean sheet and three points were secured for the visitors.

Brentford: Raya; Jeanvier (sub Žambůrek 81 mins), Jansson, Pinnock; Dalsgaard, Jensen, Dasilva, Henry; Canós, Watkins, Marcondes (sub Forss 64 mins)

Subs (not used): Daniels, Racic, Hammar, Clarke, Oksanen

Bookings: Jensen (87 mins)

Birmingham City: Camp; Dean, Roberts, Pedersen; Colin, G. Gardner, Davis, Seddon (sub Harding 58 mins); Maghoma (sub Mrabti 88 mins), Jutkiewicz, Crowley (sub Šunjić 74 mins)

Subs (not used): Stockdale, C. Gardner, Vassell, Clarke-Salter

Bookings: G. Gardner (29 mins), Crowley (56 mins), Harding (90 mins)

Attendance: 11,332 (1,658 away fans)

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Ticket News

Tickets still available for today’s game

Join us from £28 Adults and only £6 Juniors

3 August 2019

It’s gameday! We welcome some familiar faces to West London this afternoon and it’s not too late to join us. Join us from £28 Adults and only £6 Juniors, give us your support and let’s start our final season Griffin Park with three points. Skip the queues by buying online and selecting print at home.

With Birmingham City supporters selling out the away end, tickets for this fixture are now on sale only to supporters with a previous purchasing history. 

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ON SALE DATES

  • Club Members: Monday 15 July, 4pm (one per person) 
    Members will not be able to upload their own Match Ticket to their Brentford Card. Members will need to choose between a paper ticket and ‘Print at Home’ tickets. Please note: Members need to login to their ticketing account to get their membership discount and priority access. Read more here. 
  • Season Ticket Holders: Wednesday 17 July, 4pm (three per person)
  • Club Members additional tickets: Wednesday 17 July, 4 pm (three per person)
  • Previous Purchasers: Friday 19 July, 4pm (four per person)
    Please note: this game won't go back on General Sale.

TICKET ACCESS POINTS

UPGRADE AND SAVE

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

FAMILY WEBSITE

Plan your visit and make the most of your day at Griffin Park, visit our family website.

Family website

ADVANCED 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 SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT

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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