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Brentford welcome Wolves to Griffin Park, here's all the info in one place

25 August 2017

Brentford vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

Griffin Park, 3pm

Sky Bet Championship

The Opposition

For a third year in a row, Wolves contested the Sky Bet Championship last season and in that time went through three managers. New appointment and former professional goalkeeper Walter Zenga replaced Kenny Jackett in pre-season, but then he only lasted 14 games before he was sacked. Paul Lambert was then brought in during November but could only guide them to 15th in the league and was also relieved of his duties before the start of the 17/18 campaign.

An almost unbeaten August gave Wolves hope that 16/17 might be a successful season in the top half of the table. However, their fortunes turned as the winter drew in and from 27 September to 1 December, Wolves didn't pick up a win. The second half of their season saw them go on runs both good and bad. The bad, saw the squad lose five matches in a row, whereas the good, saw them do the opposite and take 15 points from 15.

Their Cup runs both consisted of three games a piece. In the FA Cup, both Stoke City and Liverpool were put to the sword before Chelsea beat them 2-0 at Molineux. The EFL Cup saw them progress past Crawley Town and Cambridge United before another 2-0 defeat, this time to Newcastle United.

This season the team have got three wins from four league games and also find themselves in the Third Round of the EFL Cup. Middlesbrough, Derby County and Hull City have all lost to the old gold this year, Yeovil Town and Southampton falling in the Cup.

Last time out, Wolves completed a league double over The Bees. A 2-1 win at Griffin Park followed a 3-1 win at Molineux to see Wolves take six points off us last term.

The Manager

Nuno Espirito Santo, another former goalkeeper, was appointed by Wolves in May this year. His previous job was at Portuguese giants FC Porto, where he spent one season before moving to England.

A playing career that spanned two decades saw him play in his native Portugal as well as Spain, spending one rogue season in Russia too. Starting out at Vitoria Guimaraes, he progressed to Deportiva La Coruna before having two spells with Porto, either side of that season with Dynamo Moscow. Despite being a part of Portugal's squad for Euro 2008, he never won a senior cap for his national team.

Ticket & Travel News

Ticket news and pricing can be found here. Family prices are in action for this match, which means it is £20 for Adults, £15 for Seniors, Young Persons £5 and Juniors only £1. 

Work to upgrade Waterloo station has seen disruption across the past few weeks on home match days. The Club advises fans to check their travel routes before setting off for the game.

Pre-match Views

Dean Smith: 'Hopefully we can get some continuity from the performances.'

Florian Jozefzoon: It doesn't matter who we play, it only matters how we play.'

Match Coverage

iFollow Brentford will be live from 2.30pm on Saturday with Mark Burridge hosting live commentary alongside Marcus Gayle.

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