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Match Preview: Brentford vs Aston Villa

All the build-up to tomorrow's visit from Villa

1 January 2022

THE OPPOSITION

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Aston Villa are climbing back up towards the top half of the Premier League table after a tough autumn which saw them part company with former Bees boss Dean Smith. 

Five successive defeats in October and early November ended Smith's time with his boyhood club; Steven Gerrard moving from Rangers to take over the reins at Villa Park. 

Under the former Liverpool great, Villa have won four of their last seven Premier League outings, the three defeats coming to Manchester City, Liverpool, and Chelsea. 

Last season's top scorer Ollie Watkins again leads the scoring charts with five, three of those during Gerrard's time at the club. 

Defensively, Villa haven't quite hit the same heights as last season where they conceded just 46 times in 38 matches. They've conceded 28 times in 18 games this time around, keeping just five clean sheets. 

THE GAMEPLAN

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Writing for Hot Off The Press The Athletic's Gregg Evans, expects: "It is 4-3-3 almost, but if you go into the finer detail, it is 4-2-3-1. The full-backs push on quite high, the midfield will sit very compact and then the two behind Watkins (above) will play quite compact as well, almost like inverted wingers. They just try to block off the middle of the park and go from there"

TEAM NEWS

Christian Nørgaard returns from suspension while Thomas Frank is hopeful Kristoffer Ajer will be fit enough for a place on the bench following his hamstring injury. Vitaly Janelt (Covid-19) and Bryan Mbeumo (calf) could return but Rico Henry (hamstring) is out. David Raya, Julian Jeanvier (both knee), Tariqe Fosu, Charlie Goode, Mathias Zanka (all hamstring), and Josh Dasilva (hip) are the long-term absentees.

Leon Bailey and Marvelous Nakamba will miss out through injury for Villa while Tyrone Mings is suspended. Ashley Young has an outside chance of returning from a toe injury but Axel Tuanzebe looks set to be recalled by Manchester United ahead of a move to Napoli. 

MATCH FACTS

  • Aston Villa have won four of their last five Premier League away matches against promoted sides (L1), more than they had in their previous 22 such contests in the competition (W3 D8 L11) 
  • Brentford are unbeaten in their last seven league meetings with Villa (W3 D4), with all three of their victories coming in home matches
  • Villa haven’t drawn any of their last 15 Premier League matches, since a 1-1 draw with Brentford in the reverse fixture back in August. It’s the Villans’ longest run without a league draw since a run of 16 matches between January and May 1998 
  • Emiliano Buendía has either scored (three) or assisted (one) a goal in all four of his league appearances against Brentford, with the Argentinian netting his first goal for Villa in the reverse fixture back in August 

THE MANAGER

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One of the greatest midfielders of his, and perhaps all, generations, Steven Gerrard is bringing that same drive and determination which saw him captain both Liverpool and England to the early years of his managerial careeer. 

Born on Merseyside, Gerrard spent 17 years at Anfield, winning nine trophies, including a Champions League, two FA Cups, and three League Cups. A man for the biggest of stages, he was the Man of the Match as Liverpool overturned a 3-0 half-time deficit to defeat AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League Final and also put in a match-winning performance the following year as Liverpool beat West Ham United in the FA Cup Final, the game later dubbed 'The Gerrard Final'. 

At international level, Gerrard won 114 England caps between 2000 and 2014, captaining the team 38 times and scoring 21 goals. He played at three European Championships, in 2000, 2004 and 2012, where he was named in the Team of the Tournament, and three World Cups, in 2006, 2010 and 2014.

His individual awards included the 2005 UEFA Club Footballer of the Year, 2006 PFA Players' Player of the Year, and 2009 FWA Footballer of the Year. In 2021 he was inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame, having been named in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year a record eight times. 

He began his managerial career with Liverpool's Under-18 before his first senior role came with Rangers in 2018. After two seasons of solid improvement, his third season saw Rangers go unbeaten in the league to win their first title in a decade. Those achievements saw him named PFA Scotland and SFWA Manager of the Year in 2021.

THE OPPOSITION VIEW

Steven Gerrard told avfc.co.uk: “They’re a good team with a really fascinating manager. I like to hear [Thomas Frank's] press conferences, I like the way he coaches on the side of the pitch.

“He’s done an incredible job at Brentford and I’m looking forward to competing against him at the weekend, and so are the team. We’re on the back of a disappointing result, but a performance that had a lot of positives within it.

“I’m looking for a response and a reaction from that defeat. We’re going into a tough environment, a new stadium, a crowd that stays behind the team whatever happens. They did themselves proud with their performance against City.

“They’ve got some dangerous individuals in their team, but they’re very much a team. There’s not much ego in the Brentford squad, so there’s much to admire about them”

MEMORABLE MEETING

THE OFFICIALS

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Referee: Craig Pawson

Assistant Referees: Mark Scholes and Scott Ledger

Fourth Official: Darren England

VAR: Michael Oliver

Assistant VAR: Stuart Burt

Aston Villa 2021/22

174 fouls - 15th in Premier League

38 yellow card - Fourth-most in Premier League

1 red card - Fifth-most in Premier League 

MATCHDAY INFO

All adult supporters must fill in a Covid-19 Self Declaration form before coming tomorrow and be able to show proof of an NHS COVID Pass or negative test result within the last 48 hours

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MATCH COVERAGE

Sunday's match is live on Sky Sports, coverage starts at 1pm UK time.

For fans around the world, the game is also being shown live through the Premier League's broadcast partners. Click here to see if the game is on where you are. 

Mark Burridge will be bringing live Bees Player commentary from TW8. Joining Mark is Brentford WFC Head Coach Karleigh Osborne. 

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Match Reports

Brentford 2 Aston Villa 1

Bees come from behind to record New Year win

2 January 2022

Brentford came from a goal down to start 2022 with a memorable win over Aston Villa. The Bees trailed after a difficult opening to the contest but battled back. Yoane Wissa struck a superb equaliser before Mads Roerslev scored the winner late on.

The Bees certainly had to battle for the win. They worked hard to stay in the game when Villa had the upper hand and then clinically took their chances when they came. They scored late on in either half to secure a 2-1 win on a mild January afternoon.

Villa had complete control of the first quarter of the contest. They dominated midfield, not giving Brentford any time or space to play through the centre of the pitch, and had far more of the ball. They did not create many openings but did enough to deserve the lead they held 20 minutes in.

John McGinn shot wide from distance after Brentford lost possession in midfield before fine play from Emiliano Buendía set up a chance for Danny Ings. Ings wriggled his way in to space in the penalty area but Mads Bech came across to make a challenge and divert the shot wide. The next time Buendía and Ings linked, Villa were ahead.

The goal came 16 minutes in when a ball through the middle cut Brentford open. Buendía turned away from Christian Nørgaard and had space to run. He picked out a pass to Ings in the inside left channel. Ings steadied himself, fired across Álvaro Fernández and in to the far corner. The shot was inch perfect, Fernández was beaten, and Villa had a deserved lead.

Villa could have doubled their lead when Ezri Konsa met a deep corner. His header was blocked, and Brentford scrambled the ball clear. McGinn fired over the crossbar again after being set up by Ings before a short free kick almost caught Brentford out. Jacob Ramsey had space on the left and crossed for Bertrand Traoré. Bech was able to make a tackle to stop the first shot and another from Buendía was blocked as Brentford battled to defend their goal.

The Bees did have more of the game as the half wore on, but Villa were making life very difficult. Their energy off the ball prevented long spells of possession for the hosts and the game was mostly being played as Villa wanted it. They crowded the midfield when they didn’t have the ball but worked hard and smart enough to prevent Brentford building out wide, with The Bees unable to move the ball quick enough to make the most of any space.

Mathias Jensen had a sight of goal when Nørgaard intercepted a clearance. Ivan Toney allowed the pass from Nørgaard to reach Jensen at the far post, but it spun awkwardly, and the shot flew well over the bar. Toney had a header blocked early in the half and Wissa was unable to direct his aerial effort from a drilled Jensen ball.

Brentford were having more of the ball as half time approached, with Villa unable to continue to chase around the pitch, and as The Bees built a move from the back, they found a way through. The equalising goal came from an extended spell of possession that involved almost every Brentford player. The ball moved from right to left and back again repeatedly as The Bees probed. Eventually there was space for Jensen to turn and play a pass for Roerslev to run in behind Ramsey on the right. He picked out Wissa with a pass inside and Villa were open. Wissa’s first touch opened the space and his second bent the ball around Konsa, around Martínez and in to the corner.

To some extent, the goal came out of nothing, but Brentford were starting to take control of the game, finding space to play through midfield. And The Bees could have been ahead before the break. A cross from Sergi Canós eluded attackers arriving in the middle and bounced just past the far post and Pontus Jansson headed a Jensen corner wide as The Bees went in to the break with the initiative.

The start of the second period was interrupted by injuries. Both Canós and Jensen had to leave the field for The Bees after treatment with Shandon Baptiste and Saman Ghoddos introduced. Roerslev sliced a shot in to the arms of Martínez for The Bees early on while Buendía cut inside and curled a shot wide at the other end.

Toney headed a long throw wide for Brentford but there wasn’t much of a pattern to the first part of the second half. Villa probably had a fraction more of the ball and the territory but there were few chances. Jansson blocked an Ings shot, Buendía headed wide and Fernández held on to a low cross-cum-shot from Matt Targett.

The Bees could have taken the lead with 15 minutes to go when Frank Onyeka won the ball in midfield. Toney fed the ball back in to his path and he worked his way in to the penalty area. Onyeka let fly with a shot that was arrowing towards the bottom corner, but Martínez got a hand to it and tipped it on to the post and behind.

Fernández saved an Ings header and moments later, Brentford were ahead. The Bees worked the ball down the left with interplay involving Toney, Ghoddos and Vitaly Janelt. Ghoddos found Baptiste in space on the edge of the penalty area, and he slipped the ball to Roerslev. A fierce first shot was deflected and brilliantly saved by Martínez, but Roerslev reacted quickest to smash the loose ball back past the Villa goalkeeper and in to the net.

Villa had seven minutes, plus stoppage time, to find a leveller and they pushed forward. A first time pass from McGinn put Ings in on goal but Fernández got down well to save and Jansson cleared. Buendía saw a shot blocked and Targett headed wide. Fernández saved from McGinn and then got down well to push away a Buendía header.

Fernández also dealt with a series of corners, with even Martínez coming up for one at the death. Trézéguet tried to buy a penalty from Referee Craig Pawson with a farcical dive and there was still time for Toney to smash a shot inches wide from more than 40 yards by the touchline, with Martínez heading back to his goal. Villa pressed, but Brentford stood firm, and got the win.

Brentford: Fernández; Pinnock, Jansson, Bech; Roerslev, Onyeka (sub Janelt 80 mins), Nørgaard, Jensen (sub Baptiste 61 mins), Canós (sub Ghoddos 54 mins); Toney, Wissa

Subs (not used): Cox, Stevens, Thompson, Bidstrup, Ajer, Forss

Bookings: Nørgaard (31 mins), Toney (77 mins)

Aston Villa: Martínez; Cash, Konsa, Hause, Targett; Douglas Luiz, McGinn; Traoré (sub Trézéguet 79 mins), Buendía, Ramsey (sub Sanson 69 mins); Ings

Subs (not used): Steer, El Ghazi, Philogene-Bidace, Chukwuemeka, Archer, Iroegbunam, Feeney

Bookings: Ramsey (30 mins), McGinn (89 mins)

Attendance: 16,876 (1,672 away fans)

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Ticket News

Aston Villa tickets on sale at 2pm today

All My Bees Members will have the chance to purchase a ticket for our home game against Aston Villa at 2pm today

6 December 2021

The Bees welcome Ollie Watkins back to West London as we face Aston Villa on Sunday 2 January (2pm kick-off) at Brentford Community Stadium. All My Bees Members have the chance to purchase a Match Ticket at 2pm today, Monday 6 December, by logging into their ticketing account 

Get ready to buy your tickets at 2pm

Don't forget, to get priority access to your Match Tickets you will need to log in to your ticketing account before purchasing.

ON SALE DATES

  • My Bees Members with 1,200+ TAPs: Monday 29 November, 2pm (one per person, six per transaction)
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Wednesday 1 December
    First Allocation: 50 percent of the total home Match Tickets
  • My Bees Members with 800+TAPs: Wednesday 1 December, 2pm (one per person, subject to availability, six per transaction)
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Monday 6 December.
    These are for any remaining tickets from the first allocation

  • All My Bees Members: Monday 6 December, 2pm (one per person, subject to availability, six per transaction)
    The remaining 50 per cent of all home Match Tickets.
    100 of these Match Tickets will be available to purchase at the Box Office only.
    100 Match Tickets will be offered in pairs via an under 18 Lucky Dip (similar process we have done for previous home fixtures this season). Successful Members will be contacted by the Box Office to buy two Match Tickets (including one for a parent/guardian Member).
Members need to log in to their ticketing account to get their priority access. Tickets are sold in line with current Government guidance - should that guidance change ahead of the fixture, all bookings are subject to alteration and we shall contact affected supporters as soon as possible.

TICKET ACCESS POINTS

Prices

Blocks Adults Seniors

Young
Persons

U18s
Dugout £60 £50 £50 £50
Band A+ £50 £40 £40 £15
Band A £45 £35 £35 £15
Band B £40 £30 £30 £15
Family Area £30 £20 £20 £10
  • No booking fees apply when buying online or in person from the Box Office
  • Admin fee of £2.50 per transaction (not per ticket) may apply when booking over the phone.

How to buy tickets

Buy online

available online 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

  • By phone 0333 005 8521, Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm
  • In person from the Box Office
    • Monday, Tuesday and Friday: 10am to 5pm
    • Closed on Wednesday (open on Wednesday 11 May from 12pm)
    • Thursday: 10am to 7pm
    • Saturday/Sunday - closed non-matchdays.
    • On all home matchdays, open 2.5 hours before kick-off until half-time and 30 minutes after full time (and 30 minutes after full time).
Note: overseas ticket buyers - tickets will not be sent in the post. Choose ‘Print at Home’ or they will be held for collection on matchday.
 

Accessibility

Carers Tickets - Disabled supporters who are in receipt of a Middle to Higher rate of DLA and/or receipt of enhanced PIP should purchase the relevant ticket (i.e. Adult, Senior, Young Person or under 18), and then contact accessibility@brentfordfc.com to organise a complimentary carer’s ticket. This must be done in the relevant sales window.

Wheelchair Spaces - for wheelchair spaces please make sure you purchase a ticket for the wheelchair user, this should be the relevant ticket (i.e. Adult, Senior, Young Person or under 18). There will not be a specific wheelchair ticket available online so please choose any location. Then contact accessibility@brentfordfc.com and we will allocate the wheelchair and carers seat making sure they are together. This must be done in the relevant sales window.

If you have any queries relating to accessibility, please email accessibility@brentfordfc.com 

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:

  • Young Persons - 18-24 (as of the 1 August)  
  • Seniors – over 65 (as of the 1 August) 

Season Ticket Holders who forget their Brentford Card will be required to pay a £5 admin fee. Replacement Brentford Cards can be arranged at the Box Office. Valid ID must be shown and an admin cost of £10 applies.

Supporter 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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