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Match Preview: Bees welcome Anderlecht to Griffin Park tonight

Free entry for fans at B Team match, kick-off 7.30pm

13 April 2018

Brentford B host Belgian First Division side RSC Anderlecht tonight at Griffin Park, a 7.30pm kick-off sponsored by Brentford Lifeline Society.

The Brentford Lifeline Society, which was launched at Hounslow Civic Centre on Thursday 16th January 1986, is one of the most well established Lifeline Societies in the country and still, to this day, supports the Club by funding projects that are outside of pre-arranged budgets.

It's game number 38 for The Bees' second squad and Kevin O'Connor leads his side into the match looking for a potential seventh win in as many games.

Shanghai SIPG were the last to fall to the sword after the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United Under-23 sides last month. The Chinese Super League team were beaten 4-0 thanks to a brace from Chiedozie Ogbene as well as strikes from Ali Coote and Theo Archibald.

Pre-Match Interview

B Team Head Coach Kevin O'Connor spoke to iFollow this week and gave us his thoughts on the upcoming fixture and how nothing much compares to nights under lights in TW8.

He said: "It's the best experience. It's the closest thing we'll get to a First Team game with the stadium and the lights. Hopefully it will be a slick pitch as well, with a brilliant team to play against. It's going to be a really tough game and one we need to be on our game for.

"I'm really pleased that it's being highlighted that Brentford Lifeline Society are sponsoring this game, and maybe it will encourage more people to sign up to it. It's a brilliant cause and they do an awful lot of good for the Club."

His full pre-match chat can be read online here.

Player Stats

Swedish forward Henrik Johansson will miss out after picking up an injury in training earlier this week. Joe Hardy and David Titov are also still unavailable for selection, both still recovering from their own injury problems.

Midfielders Ali Coote and Reece Cole are leading the form table from the centre of the park. Ali has scored twice in his last three games, while Reece has netted four from his last five. The pair now have eight and seven goals respectively this term.

Goalkeeper Ellery Balcombe missed out last week in favour of First Team stopper Luke Daniels, but the England youth international should make his return under the lights this evening. If he does get on to the pitch, it will be his 50th B Team appearance in two seasons.

Raphael Assibey-Mensah is also on the hunt for a milestone tonight, marking game number 60 should he make an appearance. Last week saw centre-back Jarvis Edobor overtake Lukas Talbro to lead the all-time appearances chart, he's on 66 with the Danish fullback one behind on 65.

The most used player this season, Bradley Clayton, crossed the 3,000 minute barrier for the B Team when he played against Shanghai - the only player to do so thus far. Meanwhile, Theo Archibald made it over 2,000 with an appearance of his own, becoming the sixth player to achieve that target.

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