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Match Preview: Brentford vs Norwich City

All the build-up to our visit from The Canaries

5 November 2021

There's a first ever top flight meeting between us and Norwich City to look forward to tomorrow. Get all the build-up to Saturday's visit of Daniel Farke's Canaries below.

THE OPPOSITION

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The only way is up for Norwich City as they arrive in TW8 winless and propping up the Premier League table. 

A cruel early fixture list which started with Liverpool, Manchester City, Leicester City, and Arsenal in their first four put The Canaries on the back foot early on and they have been trying to recover ever since. 

Daniel Farke's side do appear to have become more solid in recent weeks. Their seven-goal thumping by Chelsea aside, The Canaries have conceded just twice in three games, keeping a pair of clean sheets in draws against Burnley and Brighton and Hove Albion. 

Going forward they have found the net just three times this term, failing to score in seven of their ten league outings. Teemu Pukki (above) has two Premier League goals to his name with defender Andrew Omobamidele popping up with the other.

In terms of personnel at Carrow Road, the big changes have come in midfield this season. The summer saw Championship Player of the Year Emi Buendia move on to Aston Villa while Mario Vrancic joined Stoke City and Oliver Skipp returned to Tottenham at the end of his loan. In their place, Chelsea loanee Billy Gilmour has made just four appearances since joining while Todd Cantwell hasn't been in a matchday squad since September. 

THE GAMEPLAN

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When asked for Hot Off The Press, Connor Southwell of the Eastern Daily Press, said: "[Daniel Farke] has changed his formation in each of the last three games, so it is difficult to guess. Against Leeds it was a three at the back out of possession and a four in possession, which was interesting. In terms of style, most Norwich fans want to see them go back to the way they played last year and to keep the ball a bit more, but it has been a different approach. They have been a lot more physical, which has come at the cost of a little bit of quality, to be honest. They are more direct than last year and that’s noticeable when you watch them play, but it’s difficult to pinpoint how they are going to play because confidence is so low.

"What you can say about the Leeds game and the last half-hour, which was pretty abject, is that before that, they were spirited and there was a lot of energy. No one is questioning their hard work, it’s more a quality issue at the moment. Brentford fans can expect to come up against a side that works hard and, in terms of application, is pretty solid. It’s just a case of whether Norwich can keep them out for 90 minutes, I would say"

TEAM NEWS

Kristoffer Ajer (hamstring) joins Josh Dasilva (hip), Mads Bech, David Raya (both knee), Yoane Wissa (ankle), and Shandon Baptiste (shoulder) in missing tomorrow's game. Vitaly Janelt returned to action at Burnley last weekend following a quad injury while Bryan Mbeumo will be assessed to see if he can start tomorrow. 

Grant Hanley will miss the game with a groin issue. There is also a question mark over Ozan Kabak, who is struggling with glandular fever. Christoph Zimmermann is still out, however Ben Gibson is now available again following his suspension. Sam Byram is still making progress in training but not is in contention for the game.

MATCH STATS

  • This will be the first ever top-flight meeting between Brentford and Norwich City. The Canaries are unbeaten in their last five league meetings with the Bees.
  • Only Chelsea (15) and Manchester City (11) have had more different goalscorers in the Premier League than Brentford this season, with nine of the Bees’ 12 goals coming from different players (excluding own goals).
  • Excluding matches played on the opening weekend of the season, this is Norwich’s 40th consecutive Premier League match in the relegation zone, equalling Swindon’s record in the competition set in the 1993/94 season.

THE MANAGER

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Daniel Farke took over at Carrow Road in the summer of 2017 after two years as Head Coach of Borussia Dortmund II. Farke's playing career was dominated by three spells with SV Lippstadt 08, the club with whom he started his managerial career in 2009.

The 45-year-old spent six years with SV, earning back-to-back promotions from the Westfalenliga to the Regionalliga West, the fourth tier of German football. In 2015, Farke took over at Borussia II, a position he held until he headed to East Anglia. He followed up a 14th-placed finish during his first season with the 2018/19 Championship crown, his third promotion in seven years. The Canaries kept faith with Farke following their subsequent Premier League relegation and he rewarded them with an instant return to the top flight, as runaway Champions, in May. 

THE OPPOSITION VIEW

Max Aarons told canaries.co.uk: “One thing about this group, we’ll never get too disheartened or too down with any result. We know at this level, anything can happen on any day. It’s now about us getting those first three points of the season.

“I think once we get those three points, we’ll really kick on. It’s important we get that this weekend against Brentford. That’ll put us on five points and we’ll be back in and around it.”

THOMAS THOUGHTS

THE OFFICIALS

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Referee: Jarred Gillett

Assistant Referees: Ian Hussin and Wade Smith

Fourth Official: Martin Atkinson

VAR: Lee Mason 

Assistant VAR: Matthew Wilkes

Norwich City 2021/22

87 fouls – 18th in Sky Bet Championship

17 yellow cards – 11th in Sky Bet Championship

1 red cards – Joint-Most in Sky Bet Championship

MATCHDAY INFO

Saturday's game will be our first since the central London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) was expanded and it may affect our supporters travelling to the stadium this weekend.

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

HOW TO FOLLOW

Our game against The Canaries is not being shown live in the UK so the only way for domestic fans to follow all the action live is to listen on BeesPlayer

Joining Mark Burridge will be Karleigh Osborne and Charlotte Tanner. 

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

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Match Reports

Brentford 1 Norwich City 2

First half goals hand Brentford home defeat

6 November 2021

Brentford were unable to recover from conceding two first half goals and were beaten by Norwich City. The Bees fell behind inside the opening six minutes and that lead was doubled, against the run of play, later in the half. Rico Henry scored after the break, but The Bees could not find an equaliser and Norwich took the points.

It was a game defined by its goals. Norwich scored before there had been any real pattern established and their second came when The Bees appeared to be in control. Bryan Mbeumo had a goal disallowed and when Henry got his first in the Premier League, Brentford seemed to have the momentum to battle back. But Norwich held firm and took a 2-1 win.

Brentford could have scored before Norwich got their early goal. A long throw was half cleared, and Mathias Jensen picked it up inside the penalty area, his chipped cross was met by Ivan Toney, but the flicked effort bounced just past the far post. It was an interesting opening to the game for Toney, who was also cautioned for a late tackle on Andrew Omobamidele before Norwich’s goal.

The goal started with a run down the left by Milot Rashica. Brentford failed to clear the cross and Mathias Normann picked it up. He weaved past a few challenges and his way towards the Brentford penalty area before he picked out the bottom corner with a low shot. Álvaro Fernández went full stretch to his left but was unable to keep out the shot and Norwich were ahead.

Fernández had to make another save when Rashica cut in off the left soon after and Brentford were forced in to a defensive change when Zanka limped off. Charlie Goode was introduced and was straight in to the action. A long throw from Goode bounced inside the area, Christian Nørgaard turned it towards the corner, but Tim Krul was there to get something in the way and keep it out.

Brentford started to settle after a difficult opening to the contest. Norwich had the better of the midfield battle in the early stages, but The Bees began to find space to play and were moving through the centre of the pitch in to attacking areas. Ethan Pinnock headed a corner over the bar and Sergi Canós darted down the right and enabled Mbeumo to set up a chance for Jensen, but the effort was blocked.

Mbeumo had a shot blocked before Norwich grabbed a second goal on the counter-attack. Normann found space in midfield and played a pass that opened Brentford up. Teemu Pukki raced away, after getting a lucky ricochet when the pass hit his heels and was preparing to shoot when Goode made a challenge. Referee Jarred Gillet decided the challenge was unfair and pointed to the penalty spot, showing Goode a yellow card as a lost goal scoring opportunity had been restored. After a check by Video Assistant Referee Lee Mason, the penalty stood, Pukki placed it to the right of Fernández, who dived the other way, and Norwich had breathing space.

Toney had a header blocked as Brentford tried to find a way back in to the game before half time, but Norwich were set to defend their lead. They had a solid platform in midfield and stopped Brentford taking control of the centre of the pitch. They tucked their wide players inside to make it harder for Brentford to break through and went in at the interval in a very healthy position.

Brentford tried to change the flow of the game at the break with the introduction of Saman Ghoddos. They got Ghoddos closer to Toney and Mbeumo and looked to push Norwich’s midfield back in to their defence. It could have got worse for Brentford early in the second half as Pierre Lees-Melou saw a shot blocked before Brandon Williams darted down the left to create another chance. He found Pukki on the right side of the penalty area with only Fernández to beat. The shot flew across the Brentford goalkeeper and inches wide of the far post.

Brentford went straight down the other end and thought they had reduced the deficit. Toney flicked a long ball on and Mbeumo was in behind. He used his pace to get away from Max Aarons and shot past Krul, maybe with the aid of a deflection. Mbeumo was initially signalled to be onside, but Mr Mason checked the replay and decided he was not. The goal was ruled out of offside, and Norwich still had a two-goal lead.

Lees-Melou blasted over from distance but there had been a shift in momentum. Ghoddos was finding pockets of space, Mbeumo was testing Norwich in behind and Brentford were playing more in Norwich territory. The Bees pushed the visitors back and looked to find their way back in to the game.

A deep Jensen free kick was met by Pinnock, but he headed straight at Krul. The Norwich goalkeeper then rushed off his line to save at the feet of Toney, who may have been unfairly eased out of the way by Ben Gibson, although not according to Mr Gillett. Krul held on to a Pontus Jansson header and also made an incredible point-blank save when a Jensen corner took a touch off Goode and reached Nørgaard. The shot from Nørgaard was fierce and looked set for the net, but Krul got his body in the way.

Brentford did find a way through on the hour mark. Space was worked on the right for Ghoddos, and he sent over an outstanding cross that arced over Krul and was turned in at the far post by Henry. The cross took an entire defence out of the equation and dropped perfectly for Henry to arrive, he met it on the stretch and diverted it in to the net.

The pattern for the remaining minutes was quickly established. Brentford brought Marcus Forss on to strengthen their attacking options and Norwich tried to take time out of the game. The visitors delayed at every opportunity, inviting Mr Gillett to manage the situation and add the time at the end of the game. The six minutes signalled and seven played may not have adequately covered it.

Fernández had to save a long range free kick from Rashica, but it was Brentford in the ascendency. Canós got on the end of a deep cross, cut back and tested Krul with a powerful near post shot. A clever corner then found Canós in space again, but his shot was saved again by Krul. Fernández had to be alert to deal with a drilled effort when a free kick was half cleared and then denied Rashica when the Norwich man burst in to space.

Kenny McLean shot wide for Norwich but most of the late chances went to Brentford. Canós was unable to get to an Mbeumo cross early enough to turn it towards goal and could only find the side netting. Goode also lashed over the bar when a cross dropped. There was no lack of effort and pressure from The Bees, but Norwich stood firm and took the points.

Brentford: Fernández; Zanka (sub Goode 12 mins), Jansson, Pinnock, Canós, Jensen, Nørgaard, Janelt (sub Ghoddos h/t), Henry (sub Forss 69 mins); Toney, Mbeumo

Subs (not used): Cox, Roerslev, Stevens, Thompson, Bidstrup, Onyeka

Bookings: Toney (4 mins), Goode (28 mins)

Norwich City: Krul; Aarons, Gibson, Omobamidele, Williams; Normann, McLean; Dowell (sub Giannoulis 74 mins), Lees-Melou, Rashica (sub Idah 90 mins); Pukki (sub Sargent 78 mins)

Subs (not used): Gunn, Rupp, Gilmour, Płacheta, Tzolis, Sørensen

Bookings: Normann (32 mins), Omobamidele (52 mins), Aarons (90 mins)

Attendance: 16,837 (1,725 away fans)

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Ticket News

Limited number of tickets available at 2pm

Last tickets for Saturday on sale this afternoon

4 November 2021

This weekend, we welcome Norwich City to Brentford Community Stadium and The Bees needs your support to get the three points. At 2pm today, a limited number of tickets will be made available online only to all My Bees Members who have yet secured their seat for this game. These tickets will be extremely limited and subject to availability. 

If you’re a member and want to attend Saturday’s game, set your reminder to visit tickets.brentfordfc.com at 2pm.   

We’d like to remind Season Ticket Holders who can’t attend the match to list their tickets onto our Ticket Exchange. These tickets are now available to My Bees Members on exchange.brentfordfc.com. They are available at the adult rate only. Please note only My Bees Members can log in into our Ticket Exchange.    

If you’re a Season Ticket Holder and wish to return your ticket, simply log in to your ticketing account now.    

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