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Match Preview: Brentford vs Sheffield Wednesday

All the info ahead of tomorrow's visit from The Owls

6 March 2020

We're into our final half-dozen Sky Bet Championship games at Griffin Park with Sheffield Wednesday the visitors to West London this Saturday. The Owls head to TW8 off the back of a midweek Emirates FA Cup exit at the hands of Manchester City. Below you will find all the information and build-up to the weekend's action.

MATCH FACTS

  • We have won our past two home league games against Sheffield Wednesday, winning 2-0 in both December 2017 and August 2018
  • Wednesday have not lost three consecutive away league games against Brentford since January 1949.
  • We are winless in five Championship games (D4 L1), we last had a worse run in December 2018 (six without a win).
  • Garry Monk has won his two away games in London as Sheffield Wednesday manager, winning at Charlton in November 2019 and at QPR in the FA Cup in January 2020.
  • With captain Pontus Jansson featuring this season, Brentford have won 56% of their Championship games (14/25). Without him, they've won just 18% (2/11).
  • Only Hull City (24) have conceded more Championship goals in 2020 than Sheffield Wednesday (19).

HEAD TO HEAD

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THE OPPOSITION

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On and off the pitch, Sheffield Wednesday's fortunes have taken a decided downturn in 2020. 

On Christmas Day, Wednesday sat third, leading the pack that was chasing down Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion. Fast forward 13 Sky Bet Championship matches, which have seen The Owls take just nine points, and Garry Monk's side are now peering over their shoulders with a potential points deduction for Financial Fair Play breaches hanging over them. 

That relates to their sale of Hillsborough during the 2017/18 season. Even without that threat, 2020 has not been a great year for the Blue half of the Steel City. The Owls have won just twice in the league, suffering heavy defeats at home to Blackburn Rovers, Reading, and Derby County in recent weeks. 

The Emirates FA Cup offered some solace with wins over Brighton and Hove Albion and Queens Park Rangers but that run ended on Wednesday night at home to Manchester City. 

Wednesday's plight hasn't been helped by the absence of top scorer Steven Fletcher in recent weeks. The Scottish international missed most of January and February but returned to net the 90th minute-winner against Charlton Athletic last Wednesday, as The Owls won for the first time in nine league games. 

THE MANAGER

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A central defender during his playing days, Monk began his career with Torquay United before moving on to Southampton in 1996. Following loan spells with Stockport County, Oxford United and Sheffield Wednesday, he joined Barnsley on a permanent deal. After making just three appearances for The Tykes, he joined League Two side Swansea City in 2004 and went on to play in every division for The Swans until they reached the top flight in 2011, the majority of his later appearances coming as captain.

Stepping into the dugout, Monk saved Swansea from relegation and took them to the Europa League Round of 32, having taken over from Michael Laudrup in 2014. The following year saw league doubles over both Arsenal and Manchester United as City finished eighth. After a run of one win in 11 games he left Swansea in 2015, ending a 12 year association with the Welsh club. A season-long stay at Leeds United, where he guided The Whites to their highest league finish in six years, and a short spell at Middlesbrough followed before his arrival at Birmingham City in March 2018. After saving Blues from relegation during the first few months of his reign, he led City to a 17th-place finish last term, despite the second city Club picking up a nine-point deduction. After his services were dispensed with in the summer, Monk joined The Owls in September. 

TEAM NEWS

Julian Jeanvier is fit for a return tomorrow while a decision will be taken on Pontus Jansson as he nears fitness. Mathias Jensen is still a few weeks away, joining Sergi Canos, Nikos Karelis, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Marcus Forss, and Ellery Balcombe on the absentee list.  

Kieran Lee (calf) and Julian Borner (hamstring) were both forced off during Wednesday's FA Cup defeat to Manchester City but the latter is expected to be fit for tomorrow's game. Massimo Luongo and Moses Odubajo missed out despite having returned to training after calf and hamstring problems respectively while Adam Reach remains sidelined with a toe injury.

THOMAS' PRESS CONFERENCE

PRE-MATCH BUILD UP

🆚 Hot off the Press: Andy Giddings previews tomorrow's opponents

⚖ Keith Stroud to take charge at Griffin Park

LAST MEETING

TICKET INFO

Saturday's visit from The Owls is SOLD OUT.

Our Ticket Exchange is open, reselling returned tickets. Season Ticket Holders who can’t make Saturday's fixture can now return their tickets by logging into their account here. 

Buy your tickets here

Find out more information in our Ticket Exchange how-to-guide here.

Please note: tickets are only available at adult rates and Adult Membership discount will not be applied.

HOW TO FOLLOW

iFollow Brentford will be live from 2.30pm with Mark Burridge, Sam Saunders, and Geoff Buckingham bringing live commentary from TW8. 

Click below to find out more about how you can follow the game wherever you are!

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Due to the ongoing concerns surrounding Covid-19, we will be making slight changes to tomorrow's matchday operation at Griffin Park

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Match Reports

Brentford 5 Sheffield Wednesday 0

Your Brentford v Sheffield Wednesday match report, powered by Utilita

7 March 2020

Brentford ended a five-match run without a win with a comfortable and comprehensive home win against Sheffield Wednesday. The Bees were on the front foot from the first whistle. They played at a pace that Wednesday could not match, scored two early goals and never looked back. A 3-0 half time lead became 5-0 at full time and Brentford were well worth it.

Josh Dasilva scored two for The Bees, grabbing the first and the fourth, while Emiliano Marcondes probably scored the best of them, his first in the league for Brentford. Bryan Mbeumo scored the third and Tariqe Fosu came off the substitute’s bench to grab the fifth. The Bees also hit the woodwork and created numerous other chances as they climbed back in to the top four in the table with nine games to go.

The first quarter of the contest could not have gone much better for The Bees. As well as the goals, they had complete control of the contest. With Christian Nørgaard providing a platform in front of the defence, Marcondes and Dasilva were able to roam forward and support Brentford’s attacking players. With Jacob Murphy providing no defensive cover for the visitors, Saïd Benrahma and Rico Henry had space to exploit on the left and Brentford pressed forward.

The first goal came ten minutes in, from a burst through the inside right channel. After an elongated spell of possession in Brentford’s defensive third, Dasilva darted in to a gap and started a move that he eventually finished. After a run of approaching 50 yards, the ball was spread to Benrahma, who created space and drilled a ball in to the box, Cameron Dawson could only palm it down and Dasilva was there to smash in. The shot flicked off Tom Lees on its way in, but Dawson was well beaten and Brentford were ahead.

The Bees could have scored before that. Dawson got down at full stretch to stop Ollie Watkins tapping home a Marcondes cross after Henrik Dalsgaard had created the initial space and they went even closer soon after. A corner was half cleared and Nørgaard picked p the loose ball before darting forward, his cross was met by Watkins and the shot looped over Dawson but cannoned away off the crossbar.

Julian Jeanvier almost created a goal when he picked up a loose ball, burst forward and crossed for Watkins. The Brentford striker was unable to reach it and Liam Palmer squirted it just past his own post. That only, however, delayed the goal by seconds. Marcondes corner was met by Mbeumo but his header was blocked. Wednesday could not, however, clear and Mbeumo got on to the ball again, a back heel created space and Marcondes let fly with a shot from 20 yards that dipped viciously late, over Dawson and ripped in to the back of the net. It was a first Sky Bet Championship goal for Marcondes and was worth waiting for.

Wednesday had offered almost nothing while Brentford were building that 2-0 lead. Central midfield players Barry Bannan and Joey Pelupessy were being overrun and long balls forward to Steven Fletcher were producing nothing. David Raya had to save a low cross-cum-shot from Alessio Da Cruz when he found space on the left, but 20 minutes in, The Bees were 2-0 up and well worth it. And they continued to create.

Dawson got down well to save from Benrahma after Brentford had broken down the right and Watkins saw a shot blocked soon after. But the game was more even in the second part of the first half than it had been in the early stages. Bannan started to get on the ball in midfield and Josh Windass dropped a fraction deeper to add some support in that area. Brentford may have eased off a fraction but Wednesday started to put together some attacking moves.

Murphy had a shot blocked and, with Brentford unable to properly clear their lines, Pelupessy then let fly with shot from 25 yards that stung the palms of Raya. The Brentford goalkeeper then saved from Da Cruz after he got on to a Bannan pass before a Windass shot was blocked, as was one from Murphy. Fletcher headed over and Ethan Pinnock made an important block of a Da Cruz cross as Wednesday started to find spaces in the final third.

Windass had a shot blocked after running from deep and then got on to a Bannan pass dropping over his shoulder, but he was unable to make the most of the chance. The better openings were, however, coming at the other end. Dalsgaard should have scored when he got on to a Nørgaard pass, skipped past Lees and then fired in to the legs of Dawson. And five minutes before half time, the third came.

Pinnock and Nørgaard created space for Marcondes with a pass and the next ball cut the Wednesday defence in two. The pass from Marcondes was inch perfect for Mbeumo to run on to, he easily beat Lees and steered a shot past the right hand of Dawson and in to the net off the far post. Brentford had ruthlessly cut Wednesday open and had an unassailable lead before half time.

And it could have got worse for the visitors before the break. Benrahma curled a free kick over the bar and a great move almost made it four. Henry started it with a run from deep and Benrahma picked out Mbeumo on the right, the first time cross dropped for Marcondes but he couldn’t make contact with the volley and The Bees had to settled for a 3-0 half time lead.

Wednesday needed to make changes at the interval and introduced attacking pair Fernando Forestieri and Connor Wickham. Wickham met an early free kick with a header that Raya saved, getting clattered by Fletcher in the process, but most of the action was still at the other end. Watkins was unable to get enough purchase on a first-time lofted effort from a Dalsgaard pass and it looped in to arms of Dawson. He was then unable to get a shot away from the inside left channel under pressure from Dominic Iorfa.

Watkins also created an opening for Benrahma, who pulled his shot wide, before great work on the left allowed Henry to cross for Mbeumo, but he fired over the bar. Dasilva also dragged a shot wide after a run from deep, albeit he appealed that it had been deflected off target. But after a bright start to the second half, the game went in to a bit of a lull. Brentford knew the points were in the bag and Wednesday had neither the determination nor the quality to mount any sort of recovery.

Substitute Kadeem Harris almost created something for the visitors as he bundled between a couple of challenges on the left, but Raya saved his shot and the Brentford goalkeeper was then well-placed to hold on to a long-range effort from Murphy. Dasilva also blocked a Bannan effort but by that time it was 4-0. Benrahma was the architect with a brilliant turn in midfield. He then waited to pick a pass for Dasilva on the burst in to the box and the low shot flew past Dawson, with the aid of a deflection.

And the fifth followed soon after. Brentford swarmed all around the Wednesday box and Fosu played a one-two with Benrahma before placing a shot past the outstretched arm of Dawson to grab his first Championship goal. Fosu then almost set up a goal for Marcondes with a clever pass inside the penalty area, but his shot was blocked.

The game was well won but Brentford were determined to add a clean sheet to their three points. Henry bravely got in front of Lees to deflect a free kick over the bar and Pinnock made a late block from Forestieri. Lees headed wide late on to ensure that Brentford had the perfect day, three points, five goals and a clean sheet.

Brentford: Raya; Dalsgaard, Jeanvier, Pinnock, Henry; Marcondes, Nørgaard (sub Baptiste 78 mins), Dasilva (sub Valencia 84 mins); Mbeumo (sub Fosu 78 mins), Watkins, Benrahma

Subs (not used): Daniels, Roerslev, Racic, Dervişoğlu

Sheffield Wednesday: Dawson; Palmer, Lees, Iorfa, Fox; Murphy, Pelupessy, Bannan, Da Cruz (sub Forestieri h/t); Fletcher (sub Harris 65 mins), Windass (sub Wickham h/t)

Subs (not used): Wildsmith, Harris, Nuhiu, Wickham, Hunt, Urhoghide, Forestieri

Bookings: Bannan (35 mins), Fletcher (50 mins)

Attendance: 12,273 (1,637 away fans)

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Ticket News

Visit our Fanzone before today’s match

Our Fanzone is taking place in Watermans Park between 12pm-3pm

7 March 2020

One of our biggest fan events is back prior to Brentford’s game against Sheffield Wednesday today. It is being held at Watermans Park, which is a five- minute walk from Griffin Park, young Bees fans can enjoy range of free exciting activities shown below.

  • Speed Cage activity
  • Giant Jenga
  • Inflatable activities
  • Giant Football Pong
  • Giant Connect Four

The only chance of getting tickets for our game against Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow is via the ticket exchange. Season Ticket Holders who are unable to make this fixture can return their tickets by logging into their account here. Find out more information on our exchange here.

Buy your tickets here

TICKET ACCESS POINTS

FAMILY WEBSITE

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

Family website

TICKET EXCHANGE PRICES

Blocks

Adults

Seniors

Young
Persons

Juniors

Braemar Road Stand
(B300, B301, B305)

28

NA

NA

NA

Braemar Road Stand
(All other blocks)

33

NA

NA

NA

New Road Stand
(N500, N501, N507, N508)

28

NA

NA

NA

New Road Stand
(All other blocks)

33

NA

NA

NA

Ealing Road Terrace

28

NA

NA

NA 

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

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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