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Match Preview: Rangers U23 vs Brentford B

All the information ahead of Brentford B's clash with Rangers U23 in Scotland

13 March 2018

Brentford B face Rangers U23s at The Gers' training ground on Wednesday 14 March 2018. Kick-off is at 1pm.

The Bees head into game number 34 for the season against a Rangers side that beat them 5-2 back in October.

That day, Scottish veteran Kenny Miller appeared in light blue at Jersey Road as Bradley Clayton and Theo Archibald scored for Brentford. The home side's comeback came too late, as they were already three goals behind at the time. A Ryan Hardie hat-trick was the highlight for a Rangers side that left West London victorious.

The B team will be without Theo Archibald and Tom Field, who both returned to Jersey Road on Monday after playing 90 minutes each against Kelty Hearts.

The Kelty game ended in a 4-0 win for Kevin O'Connor's side. Two goals for Marcus Forss started things off in the first half, before Jarvis Edobor and Herson Rodrigues Alves added one each in the second half.

Pre-Match Thoughts

Kevin O'Connor pointed out some of the positives from the performance during his post-match interview with iFollow. He said: "When we played our way and passed the ball quickly then we got through them quite well, but it was a really good challenge and I’m pleased to have a clean sheet and obviously the four goals."

His full interview can be found here: Kevin O'Connor looks ahead to Rangers game

Mads Bech Sorensen also spoke to iFollow after the game, returning from training in Edinburgh to talk to us. He said: "It’s going to be a great game. It’s a great opportunity for us but hopefully we will play better than last time. We are just going to play our own game and do what we are good at, then we'll try not to think too much about the opponents.”

His full chat is available now on iFollow here: Mads Bech Sorensen on 'a great opportunity'

Player Stats

Lukas Talbro, the B Team's most used player with 63 appearances, crossed the 2,000 minutes barrier against Kelty. He's the fifth player to do so this season. The player who got there first is also the one who has played most of the minutes available to a B Team player so far in 2017/18. Kevin O'Connor has played Bradley Clayton 91.1% of the time.

Clayton went past 50 games for Brentford B against Barnet and made appearance number 51 on Sunday. The next player likely to hit that milestone is Herson Rodrigues Alves on 48. If he plays against Rangers, app number 50 could come against Manchester United at Griffin Park.

Jarvis Edobor is a defender in form in front of goal at the moment, he has three goals in his last four starts. Marcus Forss goes one better, scoring four in his last three.

Forss is the leading goalscorer this season on 15, Theo Archibalf following closest behind on 12. Currently out injured, Joe Hardy is third on eight. Bradley Clayton and Herson Rodrigues Alves are joint-fourth with seven each, however Alves remains the all-time B Team scorer. The nine he netted last season keep him on 16 in total, just one above Forss.

Video: Training in Scotland

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