Last weekend’s defeat against Norwich was a tough one to swallow for the Bees, whose unbeaten run at home was broken by an excellent early goal from James Maddison.
Brentford pushed for an equaliser, registering 27 shots but were unable to find the back of the net and were left to suffer the club’s second defeat of 2018.
Attention now turns to Saturday’s trip to second-placed Derby, where Brentford will be hoping to bounce back against their high-flying opponents. Derby are eyeing promotion and have not lost at home since a 0-1 defeat to Ipswich Town in early November last year.
Brentford have shown enough quality to go into this game with plenty of belief, and can look to the last encounter with the Rams, when the Bees earned a 1-1 draw, for inspiration. Ollie Watkins scored a late equaliser to frustrate the Rams that day and the 22-year-old attacker is 7/1 to open the scoring this time around.
With Brentford keen to bounce back and move closer to the play-offs once more, a Bees victory is available at 12/5, while the draw is available at the same price. A repeat of the 1-1 scoreline is available at just over 5/1.
Leo’s Prediction: Derby 1-1 Brentford, 11/2
Top tip: Brentford to win first half, 14/5