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Match Preview: Braga B vs Brentford B

Kevin O'Connor's side prepare to take on first Portuguese opponents

17 April 2018

Brentford B head to Portuguese LigaPro side SC Braga B on Wednesday afternoon at Braga Academia, a 4pm kick-off and the first of two matches in Portugal.

Game number 39 of the B Team season, excluding behind closed doors friendlies, could see Brentford extend their winning run to eight successive games. They face opponents from Portugal's second tier, as B teams from this country play in the senior men's divisions.

Last week, The Bees saw off Anderlecht at Griffin Park 4-0. Bradley Clayton scored a brace as Reece Cole and Nikolaj Kirk also netted in front of over 560 fans in TW8.

The last time Brentford B visited Portugal, they emerged 6-0 winners over Benfica B and will be hoping for a similar performance this time round.

Feature Interview

B Team Head Coach Kevin O'Connor mentioned the trip in his post-match comments after victory on Friday evening.

He said: "We're in a really good vein of form. We've got to keep carrying it on into every game. I keep telling the boys now, the same things, do the basics and the horrible side of the game really well. Then the quality on the ball will show."

His full chat can be read online now.

Player Stats

Swedish forward Henrik Johansson will miss the remaining four games of the season with an injury. Joe Hardy and David Titov both missed the Anderlecht match but could return to the lineup in time for this fixture.

Reece Cole continued his work at the top of the form guide with a goal against the Belgians on Friday night. Fellow Bee Bradley Clayton moved his goal tally to 10 this season with a brace on the same evening. Nikolaj Kirk's goal was his first of the season and his first for Brentford B.

Lukas Talbro and Reece Cole returned to the starting XI for Friday's game having missed out on starts against Shanghai. Bradley Clayton meanwhile added to his tally of 37 appearances this season when he netted two in last week's win.

Goalkeeper Ellery Balcombe made his 50th appearance for the B Team by starting against Anderlecht, while Marcus Forss and Nikolaj Kirk notched up number 30 for themselves. Jarvis Edobor still leads this ranking on 67 total apps, Lukas Talbro just behind on 66. Raphael Assibey-Mensah could be the next player to cross the 60 mark, he is on 59.

Marcus Forss became the B Team's all-time leading scorer when he hit 17 earlier this year, edging ahead of Herson Rodrigues Alves on 16. Reece Cole now has 15 to speak of, while Bradley Clayton and Theo Archibald are the next closest on 13.

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