After an entertaining international break which saw England qualify for the Nations League semi-finals, domestic duty resumes with an exciting home game against second placed Middlesbrough. A home win is priced at 5/4 at LeoVegas SPORT, while a credible draw is also available at 11/5.
Brentford went unbeaten against Middlesbrough last season, with the Bees managing two draws, matching their opponents well during both encounters. This season, Brentford will face a very different opponent. They have strengthened and Tony Pulis' men are now unbeaten in five league games. They have fallen to only two defeats this season and, perhaps typically from Pulis, have built from the back. Boro have conceded a league-low eight goals this season and a stubborn defence is fuelling their promotion charge.
The opponents are well drilled and well organised, but Thomas Frank has now had some more time to help his new squad gel further under his stewardship. Boro will face a sell-out Griffin Park and with the fans behind the Bees, magic can happen. Neal Maupay remains the Championship's top scorer and has averaged a goal every 104 minutes. He has grabbed 12 goals and 6 assists in only 15 games and is priced at 19/5 to score the game's opening goal.
This game is one of two home games on the trot, and it gives the players that bit of time to settle further under Frank. Home support is key at this stage and we’re looking forward to hearing the terrace chants inspiring the team.
Leo's Prediction: Brentford 0-0 Middlesbrough, priced at 17/2
Leo's Tip: Brentford can take inspiration from the two draws last season, against a very strong opposition