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Match Preview: FC Porto XI vs Brentford B

Bees head into second Portugal match

20 April 2018

On Saturday a youth team from FC Porto will travel to Valdevez to play Brentford B in the second game of their Portuguese tour. An 11am kick-off, The Bees end their last European trip of the season in the town where they have trained since Tuesday.

It's game number 40 for the B Team, who have been on a run of seven wins in eight games. On Wednesday the squad were narrowly defeated by a single goal in Braga despite the hosts being an average of two years older than Brentford.

With the weather looking to cool as the weekend approaches, Brentford will look to recover quickly after Wednesday's match saw them play 90 minutes in the blazing sunshine.

Feature interview

B Team defender Jarvis Edobor spoke to iFollow after the result in the week and told us about the squad's performance.

He said: "I think we did well against a really good side and on a different day we could have won. We didn’t reach the levels that we have before but it was still a good game.

"Teams from other countries always seem to be really really good on the ball. Obviously we can counter that but they knew how to move it and switch it. We didn’t deal with that sometimes but we dealt with it well enough and that’s what made it a good game."

His full chat can be read online here.

Player Stats

David Titov, Jan Novak and goalkeeper Jared Thompson missed out on game time in Brentford's last fixture on Wednesday. All are in contention for the match on Saturday after taking a full part in training at the end of this week.

Henrik Johansson and Joe Hardy have missed the Portugal trip with injury problems. There have been no additional injury problems reported from the mid-week game.

Marcus Forss remains at the top of the scoring chart with his 17 this term, while Bradley Clayton and Theo Archibald are following as best they can on 10 and 13 respectively. Reece Cole is on a run of five goals in six games and will be hoping to add to his tally of eight for the season.

Raphael Assibey-Mensah made it 60 appearances in total for Brentford B when he came on as a substitute earlier this week. Jarvis Edobor is edging closer to 70 with his 68 total, Lukas Talbro is slightly behind on 67.


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