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Match Preview: Brentford vs Wolves

The men from Molineux head to TW8 this afternoon

22 January 2022

It's our final game ahead of the winter break; in-form Wolverhampton Wanderers making the trip to the Brentford Community Stadium this afternoon. Bruno Lage's men have their eyes set on European qualification this term while a fourth home league win in six could send us into the break inside the top-half. Here's all the build-up to our visit from Wolves. 

THE OPPOSITION

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Wolves have just quietly been going about their business under new boss Bruno Lage, heading to TW8 this afternoon unbeaten in five in all competitions. That run of form, which has seen away wins over Brighton and Manchester United as well as a draw at Chelsea, has shot Wolves up to eighth in the table, well in touch of the European places. 

It's not been spectacular by any stretch. Wolves are the third lowest scorers in the Premier League, netting just 17 goals in their 20 matches but it is at the other end where they are proving themselves amongst the league's best. Only Manchester City (13) have conceded fewer than Lage's men (15), with City the only side to score a goal in a home game against Wolves since 6 November.

Wolves have suffered just seven defeats in all competitions this season but only three of those have come since our 2-0 win at Molineux back in September. The men from Molineux have picked up more points away from home this season (17) than they have at home (14).

Raul Jiminez and Hee-Chan Hwang lead their scoring charts with four each, Conor Coady (above) and Romain Saiss the only others in old gold to have scored more than once this season.  

TEAM NEWS

Thomas Frank confirmed there's no change in our injury situation so David Raya, Julian Jeanvier (both knee), Tariqe Fosu, Zanka, Charlie Goode, (all hamstring), Frank Onyeka (international duty), and Josh Dasilva (hip) will be the absentees. 

For Wolves, Ruben Neves has returned to training following Covid-19 while Jonny is also closing in on a return. New signing Chiquinho could be involved but Pedro Neto, Yerson Mosquera, Willy Boly and Hwang Hee-chan remain out with their long-term issues. Romain Saiss is at the Africa Cup of Nations; Rayan Ait-Nouri looks set to hold his place at left-back with Marcal nursing a knock.

THE GAMEPLAN

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Writing for Hot Off The Press, The Athletic's Tim Spiers says: "He has played 3-4-3 or 3-5-2 in every game this season. I think, in the long-term, he probably does want to move to a back four and play a high line, but for now, he is playing to the squad’s strengths. A 3-4-3 is the way they like to go the majority of the time, with two forwards either side of Jimenez, a couple of attacking wing-backs and then Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves (pictured above) tend to dictate play in the middle. They have got this phenomenal defensive record, so will certainly be hard to beat."

MATCH FACTS

  • Brentford could become just the second promoted side to complete the Premier League double over Wolverhampton Wanderers, after Birmingham City in 2009/10. But Wolves have lost just one of their last nine Premier League away matches against promoted sides (W5 D3). 
  • Brentford are looking to secure the league double over Wolves for the first time since 2015/16, though this is just the third different campaign in which they’ve met since then.
  • Wolves have only conceded one goal in open play in their last nine Premier League matches, a Divock Origi winner for Liverpool in December. The other two goals they’ve conceded in that time have been a Raheem Sterling penalty for Manchester City and a James Ward-Prowse free-kick for Southampton.
  • Adama Traore scored his first Premier League goal of the season in the 90th minute of Wolves’ 3-1 win over Southampton in their last match. The Spaniard has scored the most goals in Premier League history without ever scoring in the first half (eight goals), and only Chris Eagles (4/7, 57 per cent) has scored a higher percentage of his goals (5+) in the 90th minute than Traore (4/8, 50 per cent).

THE MANAGER

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After a slow start, which saw four losses in his first five Premier League games, Bruno Lage is really starting to make his mark in Wolverhampton.

The 45-year-old had a short-lived playing career in his native Portugal before going into youth coaching with his hometown club Vitória de Setúbal in 1997. Between 2004 and 2012 he coached every level of Youth Team at Benfica before joining Carlos Carvalhal at Sheffield Wednesday and then Swansea City as Assistant Manager. Lage returned to Benfica as manager of their reserve team in July 2018, taking over the main job the following January. During his short tenure as coach, he won the 2018/19 league title and the 2019 Super Cup, picking up the Primeira Liga and Portuguese FA Coach of the Year prizes at the end of that campaign. After a strong start to 2019/20, which included 16 straight league wins between September and January, a run of just two wins in 13 saw Lage resign in June 2020 as Benfica failed to retain their league title. 

THE OPPOSITION VIEW

Speaking to wolves.co.uk, Bruno Lage said: "It’s going to be a hard game, so we’ll prepare in the best way because Brentford are a strong team to play against, especially at home. If you notice, every time a team goes there, they play well at home.

“We can say that they are going to be one of our toughest games because it’s the next game. It’s important and it’s difficult because it’s a hard place to play. The same way as when the opponents come to play against us at home, they understand that it’s a hard place to play.

“They are a strong team, the way they play, the way they press, and we need to go there with the mentality and the personality to play our game and to win the game.”

THOMAS' THOUGHTS

LAST TIME OUT

THE OFFICIALS

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Referee: Peter Bankes

Assistants: Neil Davies and James Mainwaring

Fourth official: Martin Atkinson

VAR: Lee Mason

Assistant VAR: Darren Cann

Wolverhampton Wanderers 21/22

201 fouls - 12th in Premier League

33 yellow cards - 14th in Premier League

1 red card - Sixth in Premier League

MATCHDAY INFO

All adult supporters (18+) 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 48 hours up to kick-off.

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A limited number of half season car parking passes are now available at the Old Citroen site on Capital Interchange Way 

MATCH COVERAGE

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The only way for supporters in the UK to follow all the action is through live Bees Player commentary with Jonathan Douglas and Karleigh Osborne joining Mark Burridge. 

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Match Reports

Brentford 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2

Home defeat on crazy afternoon in West London

22 January 2022

An Ivan Toney goal was not enough to prevent Brentford slipping to defeat on a mad afternoon against Wolverhampton Wanderers. In a match that was halted for a drone flying over the stadium, with the players leaving the pitch, the visitors took the points thanks to a pair of second half goals. Toney equalised for Brentford, but Wolves came out on top with a late winner.

It is an afternoon that probably won’t be remembered for the result. Brentford pair Rico Henry and Mathias Jensen both had to be withdrawn after a clash of heads and both teams left the field of play when the drone arrived. The game was stop-start and pretty even throughout, but Wolves scored two goals from the edge of the penalty area and did enough to get the win.

Brentford made a positive start to the game. They were able to find space to play in midfield and spent mush of the first quarter of the contest on the front foot. The Bees played in the attacking half more often than not and pressed Wolves back. Fábio Silva flicked an early header wide for the visitors, but Brentford had the best chances in the early stages.

They could have scored early on when Vitaly Janelt was freed in midfield and burst in to the inside left channel. His ball across the penalty area was a fraction in front of Sergi Canós and the pressure of Rayan Aït-Nouri prevented him finishing. Canós had another shot blocked soon after and Ethan Pinnock header deflected wide after a corner was played short.

Silva blasted wide after cutting inside and Jonas Lössl had to be alert to rush out and beat Nélson Semedo to a through ball. That opening came when Wolves just about scrambled a long throw away. Kristoffer Ajer flicked on Pinnock’s throw, but no Brentford player was at the back post to put it in, and Wolves scrambled it away, almost breaking clear to score.

The first quarter of the contest was a competitive, fairly standard, Premier League contest. But things got a little unusual after that. Firstly, there was a worrying clash of heads between Jensen and Henry, both of whom had started the game well. They challenged for a long ball forward as Wolves cleared a corner and collided, leaving both concussed. After treatment, lasting many minutes, both were withdrawn as Shandon Baptiste and Mads Roerslev were introduced as concussion substitutes.

The game had only been back underway a few minutes, with Semedo firing well over for Wolves just after the resumption, when it was halted again. A drone was spitted flying above the stadium and Premier League rules dictate that the game must stop, and players must leave the pitch. That delay to the game was around 20 minutes and play eventually got back underway long after the scheduled half time. The players came back out with 19 minutes remaining of the first half.

Wolves came out after the break with a far more energetic and aggressive mindset. They worked very hard when they did not have the ball and started to take control of the contest. There were few chances, but Wolves had the initiative. Semedo had an effort blocked for the visitors and the last action of the half, which eventually lasted 72 minutes, was Bryan Mbeumo hitting a defensive wall with a free kick.

Wolves maintained their position as the team with the upper hand after the break and scored within three minutes of the restart. João Moutinho worked space on the edge of the Brentford penalty area and played a one-two with Semedo. Moutinho then bent a shot with the outside of his right foot past an unsighted Lössl and in to the far corner. Moutinho used Brentford defenders as a shield and bent a shot expertly around them and in to the net.

Moutinho had seen a shot hit a team mate moments earlier as Wolves started the second half well and a cross from Leander Dendoncker just eluded Silva in the centre of the penalty area. Brentford tried to change the flow of the game with the introduction of Yoane Wissa. The substitute shot over the bar, but it was another unusual incident that gave Brentford a way back in to the game.

Ajer got Brentford moving up the pitch with a weaving run from deep that took him past three players before he was halted by Toti. Referee Peter Bankes decided that the challenge from the Wolves defender was serious foul play and showed a red card. He was then asked to review that decision by Video Assistant Referee Lee Mason and changed his mind, showing a yellow card.

Brentford were frustrated as they appeared to be in on goal before the game was halted but responded perfectly. Mbeumo floated a free kick to the back post and Toney smashed a volley back across José Sá and in to the net. Toney met the cross perfectly and it ripped in to the far corner to level the contest.

Brentford appeared to have the momentum and pushed Wolves back. Ajer saw a shot blocked when a long throw could not be cleared and Brentford piled pressure on, but it was Wolves that found the winning goal. Semedo got away on the right and delivered a cross that flew to the far side of the penalty area. Wolves recycled it and Moutinho set up Rúben Neves to shoot from the edge of the penalty area. The shot whistled across the turf and Lössl was unable to keep it out. The goalkeeper got a hand to it, but it nestled in the net and Wolves had their winner.

Not that there was an end to the incidents. Canós saw a shot saved for The Bees and a Toney header was blocked when Christian Nørgaard nodded a ball back in to the danger area. The corner was half cleared, Saman Ghoddos crossed, a Pinnock effort was sliced, Ajer headed down and Toney fired over from close range.

Wolves thought they had sealed the game when substitute Adama Traoré was released in to the penalty area. He smashed high past Lössl, and Wolves had a third. But Mr Mason adjudged Traoré to be offside and Brentford still had a chance. They looked to play the ball forward but were unable to create an opening and Wolves had the win.

Brentford: Lössl; Ajer, Jansson, Pinnock; Canós (sub Ghoddos 83 mins), Jensen (sub Baptiste 27 mins (sub Forss 79mins)), Nørgaard, Janelt, Henry (sub Roerslev 26 mins (sub Wissa 58 mins)); Toney, Mbeumo

Subs (not used): Fernández, Stevens, Bech, Bidstrup

Bookings: Jansson (74 mins), Nørgaard (83 mins)

Wolverhampton Wanderers: Sá; Kilman, Coady, Toti; Semedo, Dendoncker, Neves, Moutinho, Aït-Nouri; Podence (sub Trincão 90 mins), Silva (sub Traoré 75 mins)

Subs (not used): Ruddy, Hoever, Marçal, Jordão, Chiquinho, Giles, Cundle

Bookings: Neves (60 mins), Toti (68 mins), Sá (90 mins)

Attendance: 16,982 (1,723 away fans)

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Ticket News

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Some Wolves tickets may be available to My Bees Members on our Ticket Exchange

16 January 2022

We welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers to TW8 on Saturday, 22 January, and with the support of our home crowd, The Bees could make it six points against the Wolves this season.

The last few tickets were sold at the Box Office on Thursday, 13 January, so My Bees Members are now able to book their place on exchange.brentfordfc.com. These tickets are only available at adult rates.

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Alternatively, both Season Ticket and Premium Seat Holders can switch their Season Ticket for a print at home ticket for those matches, so their friends or family can use their seat in line with the ground regulations here. Season Tickets can be transferred directly from your ticketing account. If you transfer your ticket, please note your guest(s) must follow the COVID rules to get in. It is your responsibility to ensure that they are aware and self-declare in advance.

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On-sale Dates 

  • My Bees Members who bought their membership before July 27 and haven't attended a home Premier League game yet: Monday 20 December, 2pm (one per person, subject to availability)
  • All My Bees Members (subject to availability): Wednesday 22 December, 2pm (one per person, subject to availability).
    200 of these Match Tickets will be available to purchase at the Box Office only.

As we pledged to the first 10,000 My Bees Members who signed up at the beginning of the season, we have designated a number of Category B games for those who have not previously been successful in getting a ticket for a home League Game. Wolves is the first of these games.

TICKET ACCESS POINTS

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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)  
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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.

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