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Match Preview: West Bromwich Albion vs Brentford

All the info ahead of our first league visit to The Hawthorns in a quarter century

3 December 2018

We head to The Hawthorns this evening for our first league game against The Baggies since 1992. Below you will find all the build-up and information ahead of tonight's game, kick-off 8pm.


Darren Moore has The Hawthorns' faithful smiling again as his brand of attacking football has seen West Bromwich Albion score more goals than anyone other than Manchester City in England's top four tiers this term. 

Following their disastrous campaign last term, which ended in relegation from the Premier League, an instant return to the top tier looks a possibility as The Baggies go into tonight's game in fourth. Moore's side have taken 19 points from a possible 27 so far on home soil, averaging a shade under three goals a game during that run. 

The Baggies did have a wobble in October, winning just one of their six matches, but head into tonight's game on a three-match winning run. Key to their attacking threat this season have been a pair of summer loan acquisitions in Leicester City's Harvey Barnes and Newcastle United's Dwight Gayle, who between them have 16 league goals this term. 

Monday's have been kind to The Bees in recent years, as we go into tonight's game unbeaten in nine games played on a Monday (three wins, six draws), while Neal Maupay has contributed eight goals (six goals, two assists) in eight away games this term. 


Thomas Frank is hopeful of having a number of players back and available to him tonight. Said Benrahma, Ollie Watkins, and Kamohelo Mokotjo have all been missing since the international break but are in the frame to return tonight. The Bees' Head Coach also feels Josh Dasilva and Emiliano Marcondes are not far away from being in contention to start. 

For The Baggies, Kyle Bartley is out injured but Bakary Sako and Dwight Gayle have recovered enough for a likely spot on the bench. 


Darren Moore quit the professional game six years ago, hanging up his boots with Burton Albion before beginning a coaching career with West Brom. Making his way through the ranks with The Baggies, he eventually stepped into the interim manager's role in April last season.

The squad went unbeaten for the rest of the month, with Moore praised for his ability to motivate the squad where previous boss Alan Pardew couldn't. Named the Premier League Manager of the Month, the side were then relegated as he failed to pull off an absolute miracle. On 18 May, Albion made him permanent Head Coach. 


In the build-up to our first game against West Bromwich Albion in 15 years, head back to August 1998 as three second-half goals secured passage past The Baggies in the League Cup First Round.


🗣 Thomas has called for his players to step up tonight

🗣 Chris Mepham: "We have good players who want to improve and do better"

🔶🔴 Darren Bond will take charge of tonight's game

🆚 Birmingham Mail's Paul Suart on the threat The Baggies pose


There will be Pay on the Day at The Hawthorns tonight. Tickets will be available, cash only, from the kiosk next to the away turnstiles block:


(60+)/Under 23/
Students (Full-Time)

Under 18

Under 11
Standard prices £20 £15 £10 £5

Plan your Matchday at The Hawthorns with our Away Day Guide


Matchday Live will be brought to you from Griffin Park with live iFollow commentary and analysis from the New Road Stand. Mark Burridge is your host from 7.30pm.

With tonight's game live on Sky Sports, there will be audio only coverage on iFollow for both domestic and international supporters. Click here for more information. 

Download the Official Brentford FC App to get notifications direct to your phone, plus all the latest news, views and reaction from the game. Visit the Play Store or iTunes App Store now to download. 

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