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Match Preview: West Bromwich Albion

All the info ahead of tonight's game at Griffin Park

26 June 2020

Tonight we look to follow up last Saturday's victory over Fulham as we welcome table-topping West Bromwich Albion to Griffin Park. Three points would move us up to third, just five points off the automatic promotion places as we head into the final seven games of the campaign. Below you will find all the info and build-up to tonight's big clash.

THE OPPOSITION

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West Bromwich Albion have a return to the Premier League firmly in their sights as we enter the final eight games of the Sky Bet Championship campaign. 

The Baggies regained top spot with a point at home to Birmingham City last time out and have a seven point cushion between them and third with 24 points left to play for. Slaven Bilic's side have been in the automatic promotion places since October as they seek a return to the top flight at the second time of asking. 

Albion have the best away record in the second tier and have been beaten just twice on the road all season, those defeats coming at the hands of Leeds United and Cardiff City. 

The goals have been well spread around the Albion squad with only Hal Robson-Kanu (pictured above) in double figures (10). Livewire winger Matheus Pereira has caught the eye as have Albion's midfield duo of Romaine Sawyers and Jake Livermore. At the back, Albion have conceded under a goal a game with former Rotherham United man Semi Ajayi earning rave reviews. 

THE MANAGER

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Slaven Bilić was announced as West Bromwich Albion's new manager in June, tasked with returning The Baggies to the top flight. 

The Croatian defender began his career in 1988 with hometown club Hajduk Split, later having successful spells with Karlsruher SC, West Ham United and Everton. At international level, Bilić won 44 caps between 1992 and 1999, playing in Euro 1996 and the 1998 FIFA World Cup, helping the team to third place at the latter.

Bilić returned to Hajduk in 1999 and retired two years later. Following a short spell in charge of the team during the 2001-02 season, Bilić coached the Croatian Under-21s before stepping up to the senior side in 2006. He led the team to the quarter-finals of the 2008 European Championship and left after the next edition four years later. Lokomotiv Moscow was next on his CV before he spent two years apiece managing Turkish club Beşiktaş and West Ham. A five month spell with Saudi side Al-Ittihad, which ended in February 2019 after just three wins in 15 games, preceded his arrival in the West Midlands.

TEAM NEWS

Bryan Mbeumo is available again after last week's positive test for Coronavirus which means Thomas Frank has a fully fit squad to choose from. 

As with most sides, Albion's squad fitness has been helped by the enforced break with only Nathan Ferguson and Jonathan Leko (ACL) not available for selection. 

THOMAS' PRE-MATCH THOUGHTS

PRE-MATCH VIEWS

🆚 Joe Chapman of Birmingham Live looks ahead to tonight's game

⚖ Keith Stroud set to take charge at Griffin Park

LAST MEETING

HOW TO FOLLOW

Tonight's game will be broadcast live on iFollow as well as Sky Sports Football. 

Any Season Ticket Holders who haven't received an email with their iFollow and #BeeThere code should email enquiries@brentfordfc.com as soon as possible.

Non Season Ticket Holders can still buy a Match Pass for the game

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Match Reports

Brentford 1 West Bromwich Albion 0

Your Brentford v West Bromwich Albion match report, powered by Uti

26 June 2020

Ollie Watkins scored the only goal as Brentford climbed in to the top three in the Sky Bet Championship, by beating league leaders West Bromwich Albion. The Bees had command of the first half and took a lead in to the break after Watkins converted from close range. They had to withstand some difficult moments after the interval but did enough to get over the line.

The Bees came in to the game on the back of a win over third-placed Fulham last week, three points that closed the gap at the top of the table. The win over West Brom moved them in to third and they now trail the top two in the Championship by five points with seven games to go, albeit Leeds United have a game in hand. The Bees had plenty of defending to do after the break but did it well and earned their three points.

It was a very even start to the game. Both teams looked to get on the front foot and play the ball through the midfield. With a pair of well drilled defences as well, the game was largely taking place in the centre of the pitch in the first ten minutes. West Brom maybe slightly shaded it but by the time The Bees went ahead 16 minutes in with the first effort of note, they had the initiative.

The goal, when it came, was brilliant worked. Tariqe Fosu played his part with a run on the right and then spread the play. Saïd Benrahma took the pass on and fed back from where it had come, to the marauding Josh Dasilva, breaking in to the penalty area. The first touch took away the option of a shot and he instead pulled the ball across to the arriving Watkins, who poked in on the stretch.

The striker’s 23rd goal of the season was one of few efforts on goal in the first half. David Raya only had one save to make, when he held on to a long-range free kick from Grady Diangana and West Brom largely played in front of The Bees. But the visitors spent more time defending than attacking in the first period. Brentford had a solid defensive base and held their own in an even midfield battle.

The Bees were also slightly more incisive in attacking areas, without really coming close to doubling their lead before the interval. It may have been different had a combination between Benrahma and Dasilva, with Watkins again waiting for a tap in, not gone awry in the dying seconds of the half. Ethan Pinnock also saw a header deflect wide from a vicious Emiliano Marcondes free kick.

It took a great tackle from Semi Ajayi to stop Benrahma scoring when the Brentford man looked to be free in to box and on to a Fosu cross. Sam Johnstone had to dash out to beat Watkins to a long ball from the back and then recovered when Marcondes tried to loft a loose ball back past him. And in the dying seconds of the half Dasilva pulled a shot weakly when he was on the break.

West Brom made changes at the interval, switching out two of their front four, and would have known they needed to go up a gear in the second half. And the changes certainly made a difference. West Brom controlled the start of the second period. They had more pace in the attack, were first to loose balls and forced Brentford in to errors.

Pereira fired over early in the second half and Kenneth Zohore, one of the substitutes, made the most of a slip from Pontus Jansson to fire in a shot from 22 yards that smashed against the crossbar. Diangana fired wide from a tight angle after more good play from the increasingly influential Pereira before Zohore failed to make good enough contact with a header and Filip Krovinović had a shot blocked. Pereira then tested Raya with a low shot after a run from deep as West Brom pressed.

The Bees had come close to a goal early in the second half when Watkins looked to be ahead of Ajayi and on to a Christian Nørgaard cross, but the defender somehow made a tackle and Fosu could not finish off the loose ball. But the home side did not offer much in an attacking sense in the first part of the second half. They defended solidly but were very deep, forced back by the intensity of West Brom.

It took a fine block from Pinnock when Diangana appeared to be well placed to fire in and Romaine Sawyers lashed over, but the second half drinks break gave The Bees a chance to regroup. They introduced Shandon Baptiste and Bryan Mbeumo and had extra energy. Dasilva started to move forward with the ball, until he was withdrawn inside the final ten minutes, and Baptiste gave Brentford a presence higher up the pitch.

Nørgaard saw a shot blocked and Dasilva steered a volley from a Rico Henry cross inches wide from ten yards, sinking to his knees as he saw the ball roll wide. Benrahma also saw a shot blocked as Brentford gave West Brom something to think about in their defensive area. When Watkins picked up a loose pass, he set Mbeumo away, but the low shot was well held by Johnstone as time ticked down.

Benrahma lashed a free kick well over in stoppage time and Pereira missed the target at the other end. That proved to be West Brom’s last change. They had six minutes of stoppage time to try and find a point but could not do so and Brentford got the win.

Brentford: Raya; Dalsgaard, Jansson, Pinnock, Henry; Marcondes (sub Baptiste 70 mins), Nørgaard, Dasilva (sub Mokotjo 83 mins); Fosu (sub Mbeumo 70 mins), Watkins, Benrahma

Subs (not used): Daniels, Roerslev, Jeanvier, Dervişoğlu, Valencia

Bookings: Nørgaard (45 mins) (eighth of season)

West Bromwich Albion: Johnstone; Furlong, Hegazi, Ajayi, Gibbs; Sawyers, Livermore (sub Harper 66 mins); Phillips (sub Krovinović h/t), Pereira (sub Edwards 90 mins), Diangana (sub Robinson 79 mins); Robson-Kanu (sub Zohore h/t)

Subs (not used): Bond, Bartley, Austin, O’Shea

Bookings: Sawyers (55 mins)

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Ticket News

Keep hold of your tickets

Brentford fans advised to keep hold of all match tickets for postponed games

16 March 2020

Brentford fans are being reminded to keep hold of any match tickets in their possession, ready for when the Sky Bet Championship season resumes. It was announced last week that The FA, Premier League, EFL and Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship agreed to postpone the professional game in England until at least 3 April given the ongoing concerns posed by Covid-19 (aka the Coronavirus). That meant our games away to Fulham and Reading and at home to West Bromwich Albion have been postponed.

There will be an EFL Board Meeting on Wednesday, 18 March, and no decisions have been taken on when the season will resume. But Brentford FC is advising fans to keep hold of all match tickets. It is current planned that all tickets for individual games, and Season Tickets, will be valid for the rearranged dates of fixtures.

Brentford FC will keep all fans up to date as and when the situation changes. Most importantly, supporters should do all they can to keep themselves and others safe. Please to follow the guidance from the Government provided by Public Health England if presented with any symptoms - https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response.

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