Managerless Cheltenham Town are our Carabao Cup opponents tonight as Dean Smith's Bees look to progress to the Third Round of the EFL Cup for the second successive year.
Brentford vs Cheltenham Town
Carabao Cup Second Round
Griffin Park, Kick-Off 7.45pm
The Robins, under caretaker boss Russell Milton, picked up their first win of the season on Saturday as Sam Jones netted the only goal at The Abbey Stadium against Cambridge United.
That previous four-game winless run to begin the campaign was enough to see Gary Johnson lose his job last Wednesday after nearly three-and-a-half years with the Gloucestershire club. Under Johnson, The Robins returned to the EFL in 2016 before back-to-back successful battles against relegation. However, just one point from a possible 12 to begin the season saw the axe come down on the 62-year-old's head.
Progress for Town to tonight's Second Round tie came via a penalty shoot-out win against Colchester United a fortnight ago. Former Bee Courtney Senior missing the decisive spot-kick following a 2-2 draw in normal time at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.
The Bees made 11 changes for the First-Round victory over Southend United and it is expected to be another much-changed Brentford XI tonight following three Sky Bet Championship games in six days last week.
Dean Smith remains without Emiliano Marcondes and Rico Henry through injury but Chiedozie Ogbene, Tom Field, and Moses Odubajo all got minutes for Brentford B in their win over AFC Bournemouth last week. Neal Maupay will miss out tonight as he serves the second of his three-match ban.
For the visitors tonight, Manny Duku is set to miss out with a shoulder injury but Chris Clements may get his first involvement after signing for The Robins yesterday.
Russell Milton began his playing career as a Trainee at Arsenal before four years in Asia, first with Japanese side Hitachi and then in Hong-Kong with Double Flower Football Association. The midfielder returned to Blighty in 1993 and spent four years with Dover Athletic, where he earned two England C caps, before joining Cheltenham Town. With The Robins he made 118 appearances, scoring 14 goals, in the Football League before dropping back into the non-league to finish his career with Bath City.
After retiring, Milton took a degree in sports science, ran a football coaching school with links with Arsenal, and lectured at the University of Gloucestershire. He was named as caretaker-manager of Cheltenham Town in February 2015, staying on as Assistant to Gary Johnson, who was appointed a month later, before reprising the caretaker's role last week following Johnson's departure.
There will be Pay on the Day tonight at Griffin Park, with tickets priced at:
Adults £5/£10 Seating
Visiting fans can buy Terrace Tickets from the Ticket Office in Braemar Road while home tickets will be available on the turnstiles.
HEAD TO HEAD
Brentford wins: 1
Cheltenham wins: 4
Last competitive meeting:
Brentford 2 Cheltenham Town 1, Carling Cup First Round, 10 August 2010
Brentford: Moore; Osborne, Balkestein, Legge, Woodman; Simpson, O'Connor, Bean, Wood; Alexander, Forster (MacDonald)
Woodman and Simpson get the goals as Andy Scott's Bees progress to Round Two.
Mark Burridge is your host from Griffin Park tonight. He'll be joined by Dave Morley and Marcus Gayle, bringing you live match commentary from 7.15pm. Please note, due to Carabao Cup regulations, there will be no video stream of tonight's game for domestic or international supporters.