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Match Preview: Brentford vs Watford

All the build-up to tonight's clash against The Hornets

10 December 2021


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This is our third meeting with Watford in the past 360 days and it'll be the third different Head Coach in the opposite dugout.

On 3 October, Xisco Muñoz was sacked, just five months after securing a top tier return for The Hornets. At the time, Watford were 14th with seven points from their opening seven league matches. Since then, under Claudio Ranieri, Watford have taken six points from their next eight outings to drop to 17th.

Those points under Ranieri have come on two incredible afternoons which saw The Hornets put five past Everton and then four past Manchester United. They have, however, shipped 19 in Ranieri's eight games and are the third leakiest defence in the division, conceding 29 so far.

Their 20 goals scored this term is more than four of the top nine, with summer signing Emmanuel Dennis' (pictured above) 11 goal contributions only bettered by Liverpool's Mo Salah (22). 

Watford are yet to draw away from home this season, registering two wins and five defeats. Watford's seven road outings this term have seen 22 goals, the third highest mark in the top flight. 


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When asked for Hot Off The Press, Ryan Gray of the Watford Observer, said: "I would imagine it will be a 4-3-3, which [Ranieri] seems to have settled on after trying one or two other formations. Watford are not particularly strong at the back and there have been a few mistakes among the defenders, so he has very quickly realised that his strengths are in attack and they are playing with a high press. I think they will do pretty much the same on Friday night"


Sergi Canos is suspended and Ivan Toney remains out with Covid-19 but Mads Bech is back following his period of isolation. Zanka, Tariqe Fosu, Kris Ajer (all hamstring), Josh Dasilva (hip), Julian Jeanvier and David Raya (both knee) are also out tonight.  

For Watford, Adam Masina (thigh) is missing, as is Francisco Sierralta (hamstring), but Ken Sema could return after a knee injury. Ben Foster (groin), Ismaila Sarr (knee), Peter Etebo (thigh), Kwadwo Baah (ankle) and Nicolas Nkoulou (hamstring) are Watford's longer-term injury issues.


  • Brentford’s first eight home Premier League goals have all been scored by different players (Canos, Norgaard, Pinnock, Janelt, Wissa, Zanka, Henry and Toney), only the third team in Premier League history to achieve that, after Liverpool (first nine) and Wimbledon (first nine), both in 1992.
  • Watford are the only team yet to keep a clean sheet in the Premier League this season, while the Hornets have conceded more Premier League goals than any other side since Claudio Ranieri’s first match in charge (19).
  • Brentford are unbeaten in their last eight league matches played on a Friday (W6 D2) since a 2-0 home defeat to Fulham in November 2016. The Bees’ first ever Premier League match was a 2-0 victory over Arsenal, played on the opening Friday of this campaign.
  • Watford’s Joshua King has been directly involved in nine goals in his last nine away starts in the Premier League (six goals and three assists), although the Norwegian has only found the net in two of his 26 away appearances in London, scoring against Crystal Palace in 2016 and 2019 for AFC Bournemouth.


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70-year-old Claudio Ranieri holds a wealth of managerial experience, including three spells in England with Chelsea, Leicester City and Fulham. In his first season at Leicester, Ranieri achieved a remarkable feat, guiding the Foxes to their first ever Premier League title, which won him the 2016 FIFA Best Men’s Coach award, the 2015/16 Premier League Manager of the Season award and the 2016 LMA Manager of the Year award.

Ranieri enjoyed a successful playing career, playing for the likes of Roma, Palermo, Catania and Catanzano, winning four promotions as a defender.

His first venture into football management came in Italy with Vigor Lamezia. Ranieri led Cagliari to successive promotions in the early 1990s, later coaching Napoli, Fiorentina, Valencia and Atlético Madrid. Ranieri has held some of the biggest jobs in European football with Juventus, Inter Milan and Monaco, winning promotion to Ligue 1 at the latter.

Alongside his Premier League win, Ranieri has a Coppa Italia, SuperCoppa Italiana, Copa Del Rey, Intertoto Cup, and UEFA Super Cup to his name. 


Claudio Ranieri told "Every match in the Premier League is a tough match, this one is very difficult. Last season I know Watford drew at home and lost the away match 2-0. I also know in a pre-season friendly match we lost here 3-1. Against Brentford it will be a very tough match, but we are ready to fight.

“I watched Brentford, and at the beginning it was fantastic how they pressed and how they play, and they continued in this way. It’s important to play with the right mentality, and Brentford are doing well. We must know what to do to try to win the match. It’s a well organised team, but we are also well organised and are ready for this battle.”



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Referee: Michael Oliver 

Assistants: Stuart Burt and Simon Bennett 

Fourth official: Mike Dean 

VAR: Jarred Gillett

Assistant VAR: Dan Cook

Watford 21/22

210 fouls - Most in Premier League

33 yellow cards - Fifth-most in Premier League

1 red card - Third-most in Premier League


In line with recent Premier League guidance, we will be conducting a limited number of COVID-19 status spot checks

At this point, the Club does not intend to (and are not required to) turn fans away if they are unable to show evidence of their Covid-19 status. However, this may be a requirement in the future if mandated by either the Government or Premier League.  

Get to the ground early on matchday and enjoy big savings on food and drink inside the stadium


Friday's game is live on Sky Sports and around the world through the Premier League's broadcast partners.

Supporters can also listen to live Bees Player commentary with Karleigh Osborne joining Mark Burridge. 

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Match Reports

Brentford 2 Watford 1

Bees come from behind to take the points

10 December 2021

Bryan Mbeumo scored a stoppage time penalty as Brentford completed a comeback win over Watford. The Bees fell behind in the first half against the run of play and trailed with 84 minutes on the clock. But Pontus Jansson headed home an equaliser and Mbeumo scored from the spot to give The Bees a 2-1 win.

It was a victory that looked as if it may not come, but which was very much deserved. Watford’s goal came from a very rare attack, and they failed to trouble Brentford’s back line for most of the game. Brentford had chances before falling behind and then put Watford under pressure at the end of the game. They equalised when Jansson nodded in from close range and then won it when Saman Ghoddos was felled in the penalty area and Mbeumo did what was required from 12 yards.

Brentford started the game brightly. They had control in the early stages with a mixture of patient possession in their own territory and bright attacking moves in Watford’s half. The Bees had the better of the early chances and Watford goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann was the game’s most important player in the first quarter.

Bachmann was forced in to action inside the first three minutes. A cross from the right dropped loose and Shandon Baptiste swivelled to volley from the edge of the area. Bachmann had to stretch to tip it over the crossbar. He then got down well to hold on to a Rico Henry cross from the left with Mbeumo and Yoane Wissa waiting to tap in.

Jansson headed a Charlie Goode long throw wide before space was worked for Henry to shoot from 20 yards, but his effort was blocked. Bachmann’s best save, to that point, came midway through the first half. Goode won possession in his own half and Baptiste curled a ball in to Watford territory. Mbeumo tricked his way in to a few yards of space and bent a shot from 20 yards that seemed to have Bachmann beaten, but the goalkeeper went full stretch to his right and tipped it around the post.

The importance of that save was shown a few moments later when Watford took the lead. The visitors had shown little attacking instinct in the first quarter of the match. They mostly sat off without the ball, inviting Brentford to try and play through them and protecting their penalty area.

Watford had not been able to counter-attack until Joshua King was released in the inside left channel. He curled a shot from an improbable position that beat Álvaro Fernández low down but cannoned off the far post and was cleared for a corner. That ball was delivered by Tom Cleverley and Emmanuel Dennis rose to head in. The Watford striker rose in the middle of the penalty area and his header gave Fernández no chance.

That goal came very much against the run of play and Brentford had to try and respond. Christian Nørgaard turned a Goode throw wide and Mbeumo fired over when a free kick was half cleared. Goode headed a Vitaly Janelt corner on to the roof of the net and it took a fine tackle from Kiko Femenía to deny Wissa. Nørgaard drilled a ball through, Mbeumo found space and it looked like Wissa was in to shoot from close range before Femenía got across to make a tackle.

Dennis headed wide at the other end, but Brentford went in at the break unfortunate to be behind. Watford started the second half with an intent to slow the game down. Brentford had a lot of the ball in the opening stages of the second period, but mostly played in front of the visitors, looking to find a way through.

As the half wore on, Brentford began to wear Watford down, pulling them across the pitch and finding passes through. Mads Roerslev found space on the right from a fine Mathias Jensen pass to deliver a cross, Mbeumo couldn’t reach it and the shot from Henry was blocked. Nørgaard had an effort blocked from a Goode cross and a Wissa shot hit a defender after good work from Baptiste.

Nørgaard was starting to dictate the pace of the game. He had found Cleverley in close proximity for the first hour but was released when the Watford man was withdrawn and took control of the centre of the pitch. He almost set up an equaliser for Jansson with a ball cut across the penalty area. Watford failed to clear, Janelt cut inside, and his fierce drive was tipped away by Bachmann.

Watford were content to sit in and look to play out a 1-0 win, only counter-attacking when there was lots of space. Cucho Hernández curled a free kick over the crossbar before Dennis set up a break on the left. King found space inside the area, but his low shot was well held low down by Fernández.

A two-goal deficit at that point would have made life tricky for Brentford, but with only one goal in it, The Bees continued to push on. Ghoddos and Marcus Forss were introduced, and Frank Onyeka followed. With Henry withdrawn Ghoddos was shifted to a left wing back position, and he linked with Janelt and Baptise on that side. A cross from Janelt found Onyeka, but his shot deflected wide.

That did, however, lead to the corner that saw Brentford equalise. Watford dealt with the first ball, but space was worked for Janelt again. He crossed from the right, Forss nodded it on and Jansson arrived to head down and in from close range. Video Assistant Referee Jared Gillett had to check Jansson was not offside, and the goal was given after a couple of nervy minutes for The Bees.

That equaliser gave Brentford ten minutes, including stoppage time, to find a winner, and they were the only team looking for it. A Janelt shot deflected wide, and the resulting corner bounced around the penalty area before being cleared off the line. And in stoppage time, Brentford found a way through.

Onyeka and Janelt linked on the left and Nørgaard found space just outside the penalty area. His pass carved Watford open and Ghoddos was free in the box. Troost-Ekong desperately lunged for the ball and caught Ghoddos, giving Referee Michael Oliver little option but to point to the penalty spot. With regular penalty taker Ivan Toney missing the game, Mbeumo assumed the responsibility. He walked up, waited for Bachmann to commit himself and stroked the ball home to give The Bees the points.

Brentford: Fernández; Goode, Jansson, Janelt; Roerslev, Baptiste, Nørgaard, Jensen (sub Ghoddos 69 mins), Henry (sub Onyeka 76 mins); Mbeumo, Wissa (sub Forss 69 mins)

Subs (not used): Cox, Stevens, Bech, Thompson, Bidstrup, Young-Coombes

Bookings: Janelt (68 mins), Jansson (70 mins), Goode (81 mins), Onyeka (90 mins)

Watford: Bachmann; Femenía, Troost-Ekong, Cathcart, Ngakia; Kucka, Sissoko; Hernández (sub Sema 76 mins), Cleverley (sub Pedro 57 mins), King; Dennis (sub Tufan 90 mins)

Subs (not used): Elliot, Rose, Louza, Fletcher, Tufan, Kabasele, Angelini

Attendance: 16,861 (1,725 away fans)

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11 November 2021

The Bees will play back to back home games when we welcome Watford and Manchester United to Brentford Community Stadium next month. 

Tickets for both fixtures are sold out and we’d like to invite all Season Ticket Holders who can’t attend the matches to list their tickets onto our Ticket Exchange. Returned tickets will be made available to My Bees Members on at 2pm today. They will be available at the adult rate only. Please note only My Bees Members can log in to our Ticket Exchange.  

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