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Match Preview: Cardiff City

All the info ahead of tonight's Griffin Park encounter

11 December 2019

We welcome Cardiff City to Griffin Park tonight knowing that a third-straight home win would move us to within a point of the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off places. Neil Harris' Bluebirds are also upwardly mobile, taking ten points from a possible 12 in recent weeks. Everything you need to know ahead of tonight's clash can be found in our Match Preview below.

MATCH FACTS

  • We have lost our past three Championship meetings with Cardiff, with this the first meeting since March 2018
  • Cardiff have won three of their past five away league matches against us (D1 L1), as many as they had won in their first 16 visits to Griffin Park (W3 D5 L8).
  • None of our previous ten league games have ended level, with us winning six and losing four.
  • Cardiff have won their past three Championship matches, as many as they had in their previous 13 (W3 D7 L3).
  • We have had a joint league-low six different goalscorers in the Championship this season.
  • Cardiff have had a league-high 15 different goalscorers in the Championship this season.

THE OPPOSITION

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Relegated from the Premier League in May, Cardiff, like many before them, were rudely awoken to the realities of life back in the second tier, winning just four of their opening 14 matches this term. 

They had been expected to challenge under seasoned Championship campaigner Neil Warnock but a defeat at home to Bristol City in November left them 14th and saw Warnock depart after three years at the helm. Former Millwall boss Neil Harris' announcement as his replacement generated little initial excitement among the City faithful but that has grown with an upturn in form over recent weeks. 

Ten points from a possible 12 since Harris' appointment have seen Cardiff re-enter promotion conversations as they go into tonight's game in eighth, just three points off the top six. 

The Bluebirds are very much middle of the road in terms of goals scored and conceded. Joe Ralls and Danny Ward both have five to their name this term with Saturday's match-winner against Barnsley, Lee Tomlin, best of the rest with three. 

THE MANAGER

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Neil Harris won many admirers for the job he did on a limited budget at Millwall, establishing The Lions back in the second-tier following promotion in 2017. However, after four-and-a-half years in charge, Harris felt he had reached the end of his shelf-life at The Den, resigning in early October. Six-weeks later he took over at The Cardiff City Stadium and has enjoyed a fine start to life in charge in South Wales. 

As a player, the wiley striker spent ten years with Millwall over two spells. He scored 138 goals in all competitions, beating the previous club-record held by Teddy Sheringham. Harris also battled and beat testicular cancer during a playing career that took him to Cardiff City, Nottingham Forest and Gillingham but was mostly spent at Millwall.

TEAM NEWS

Pontus Jansson and Henrik Dalsgaard are both available to start after missing Saturday's trip to Sheffield Wednesday. Joel Valencia and Josh Clarke are nearing returns with Sergi Canos and Nikos Karelis the long-term absentees. 

Cardiff will assess Leandro Bacuna's foot after he limped off during Saturday's win over Barnsley. Gavin Whyte is back in full training while midfielder Joe Ralls (groin) may feature in the squad.

THOMAS FRANK'S PRE-MATCH THOUGHTS

PRE-MATCH VIEWS

🆚 Glen Williams of Wales Online previews The Bluebirds

⚖ John Brooks will be the man in charge tonight

CLASSIC MEETING

TICKET INFO

There aren't too many more nights under the lights to enjoy at Griffin Park. With tickets still on General Sale, you can join us from just £28 adults and £6 juniors. 

Buy your tickets here

HOW TO FOLLOW

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Match Reports

Brentford 2 Cardiff City 1

Your Brentford v Cardiff City match report, powered by Utilita

11 December 2019

Ollie Watkins scored the winner as Brentford picked up a third straight home win. Bryan Mbeumo scored the first and then set up Watkins for the second as Cardiff City were beaten at Griffin Park, following in the footsteps of Luton Town and Reading in recent weeks. The visitors pulled one back with around half an hour to play but The Bees did enough to get over the line.

And it was three points, and a 2-1 win, the hosts deserved overall. Brentford dominated most of the first half and deserved the lead secured by Mbeumo’s seventh goal of the season and third in his last three games. Cardiff had their moments, but Watkins headed in early in the second half to give Brentford a lead they did not relinquish. The visitors will probably feel they failed to create enough clear-cut close-range openings to earn a point.

Brentford started the game at a tremendous pace. They went on the attack from the first whistle, could have scored within 15 seconds and took complete control of the contest. They dominated the central areas of the pitch while Saïd Benrahma showcased some of his prodigious talent as he tricked and tormented the Cardiff defence. But the visitors held firm early on.

Benrahma went on a mazy dribble from the kick-off and when Cardiff failed to clear the ball dropped back to him. He found a yard of space and hit a shot that beat Neil Etheridge but skimmed just past the post. Benrahma also fired a free kick in to a defensive wall before leading a move that ended with Mbeumo cutting inside and letting fly with a shot that was blocked by Curtis Nelson.

When Brentford took the lead 25 minutes in, it came when Cardiff had started to find a foothold in the game. Lee Tomlin was dropping a fraction deeper to pick up possession and wingers Junior Hoilett and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing were getting involved in the game. Hoilett set up a chance for Tomlin and his shot from the edge of the penalty area deflected inches wide. But Hoilett was hurt soon after and had to be replaced by Josh Murphy.

Tomlin tried to score from 50 yards but failed to trouble David Raya and Leandro Bacuna lashed over from a little closer. The Bees should have gone in front when Pontus Jansson, Watkins and Josh Dasilva combined to put Mathias Jensen through on goal. Although Nelson was chasing back, Jensen had only Etheridge to beat but fired straight at him from 18 yards rather than going on in to the penalty area.

That miss proved less pivotal when Brentford scored 70 seconds later. Mendez-Laing was robbed as he tried to attack and then stood and watched as Brentford rushed forward. Benrahma turned away from Marlon Pack and slipped a ball through to Mbeumo, his low shot had enough power to beat Etheridge and nestle in the corner despite the Cardiff goalkeeper getting a hand to it.

Brentford deserved to lead at that point, but Cardiff were in the contest and responded well. Tomlin was to the fore as they pressed forward, and he had a shot blocked after a nice turn 20 yards out. Cardiff’s energy out of possession was starting to test Brentford and while the visitors did not have a lot of the ball, they were getting men in to forward positions. A Nelson header from a corner deflected wide and the next delivery dropped to Murphy on the edge of the penalty area, but he nodded straight at Raya.

As half time approached, it was Brentford that regained the initiative. Christian Nørgaard was patrolling central areas and The Bees were able to turn possession over to good effect. Jansson met a deep corner and nodded it across the face of goal before a quick break enabled Benrahma to shoot from 20 yards, Etheridge saved low and pushed the ball out where Watkins was lurking, but Nelson again blocked. Henrik Dalsgaard then headed a corner wide as The Bees went in with the lead and the initiative but not complete control.

But within seconds of the restart, Brentford had a second goal and that measure of control. Once again, The Bees flew out of the blocked. Dasilva tried to turn a pass from Benrahma in to a one-two that would have given the Algerian attacker a sight of goal but instead a tackle was made, and the ball went behind for a corner. That was taken short and Jensen’s delivery was eventually played deep, it was recycled by Mbeumo and his cross was glanced home by Watkins. The header was inch perfect in to the far corner and Watkins celebrated his 13th goal of the season while Etheridge berated his defenders.

Cardiff were caught cold at the start of the second half and Brentford moved through the gears. Etheridge went away to his left to save a Benrahma shot and Dasilva curled an effort over from just outside the penalty area. Dalsgaard, Benrahma and Jensen were then involved in a counter attack but Mbeumo shot over from 22 yards with options to his left.

Rico Henry fired a Jensen cross in to the side netting but Cardiff had regrouped and were starting to respond. Raya got down well to save a low shot from Murphy when a corner was half cleared, and the same men then cut inside and curled a shot just past the far post. The visitors got one back just past the hour mark after winning a free kick on the edge of the penalty area. Tomlin shaped to shoot but fed it across the box and Pack let fly from 20 yards, rifling an effort past Raya and in to the net.

Cardiff had introduced Gary Madine a few moments earlier and dropped Tomlin a little deeper. He was getting on the ball more and Brentford were being pressed back, finding it harder to play through and unable to hold the ball in attacking areas. Danny Ward could have equalised when The Bees failed to clear a corner, but his lashed effort flew wide from ten yards rather than hitting the top corner. Raya then got down well to save a Tomlin effort.

Mbeumo had a shot blocked and then, after picking up a Dasilva pass, lofted an effort that might have drifted in to the far corner had Aden Flint not headed it over his own crossbar. The resulting corner dropped to Kamohelo Mokotjo on the edge of the penalty area and his fierce effort flew over the bar. Benrahma then curled a free kick in to a defensive wall as Brentford looked to make the game safe.

There were late chances for Cardiff, but Brentford were equal to them. Raya tipped a long-range effort from Tomlin over and Nelson headed wide. Ethan Pinnock almost presented Callum Paterson with a goal with an under hit back pass but Raya rushed out and made the tackle, albeit only just. With that chance gone and Brentford repelling the long throws, corners and long balls Cardiff threw in to the box, The Bees had the win.

Brentford: Raya; Dalsgaard, Jansson, Pinnock, Henry; Dasilva, Nørgaard (sub Mokotjo 73 mins), Jensen; Mbeumo (sub Jeanvier 84 mins), Watkins, Benrahma

Subs (not used): Daniels, Thompson, Sørensen, Roerslev, Hammar

Bookings: Jansson (77 mins) (third of season), Henry (80 mins) (fourth of season)

Cardiff City: Etheridge; Peltier, Flint, Nelson, Bennett; Mendez-Laing (sub Madine 61 mins), Pack, Bacuna, Hoilett (sub Murphy 22 mins); Tomlin, Ward (sub Paterson 81 mins)

Subs (not used): Day, Morrison, Vaulks, Ralls

Bookings: Murphy (70 mins), Bennett (83 mins)

Attendance: 10,417 (1,119 away fans)

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Ticket News

Tickets for today’s Brentford Night are still available

Skip the queues, buy your tickets online

11 December 2019

It’s matchday and The Bees face The Bluebirds at Griffin Park this evening. To jump the queue at the Box Office and ticket collection today, simply purchase your tickets online and print them at home.

Buy Tickets Now

On sale dates

  • Club Members: Tuesday 1 October, 4pm (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 and additional tickets will be issued as ‘Print at Home’. Read more here.
  • Season Ticket Holders: Thursday 3 October, 4pm (three per person)
  • Club Members additional tickets: Thursday 3 October, 4pm (three per person)
  • General Sale: Monday 7 October, 4pm (four per person)

Buy online now

TICKET ACCESS POINTS

UPGRADE AND SAVE

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

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

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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

  • In person from the Ticket Office
    • Monday to Friday, 10am-12pm and 1pm-4pm
    • The Box Office will be closed to supporters attending in person Monday-Wednesday when there is no midweek fixture at Griffin Park
    • Full opening times can be seen here
  • By phone 0333 005 8521, Monday to Friday, 10am-12pm and 1pm-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 availability and Terms and Conditions of issue apply. The purchase of a ticket constitutes acceptance of these Terms and Conditions and acceptance of the Ground Regulations.

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