After such a great run, which saw Brentford go ten unbeaten, the Nottingham Forest defeat was tough to take, especially given The Bees' dominance.
The stats – including Brentford’s 70 per cent possession - paint a picture of strength, and, perhaps given more time, the pendulum would have swung in Brentford's favour. It’s onward and upwards to the next game, where the Bees welcome Aston Villa for a midweek clash under the Griffin Park lights. A 1-0 home win is priced at 9/1 at LeoVegas SPORT.
The Bees fought Forest till the very end and hopefully the disappointment of the defeat will serve as fuel for another unbeaten run. That run starts against Villa and an all-too familiar opponent. Dean Smith now leads the pride at Villa Park, and his men are undefeated in their last four games.
Frank and Smith go a long way back, and we can expect smiles and handshakes all round, but for those 90 minutes, the Brentford players will do well to remind Smith of the talented group he helped build. Villa's last game saw them claw back from 3-0 down to force a 3-3 home draw against Sheffield United.
The last encounter against the Villains was a 2-2 draw back in August and the Bees have not tasted defeat against their opponents in their last five meetings. Villa have lost their last two league visits to Griffin Park and have lost 12 of their last 14 league visits to London.
We can expect similar approaches from both sides, owing to similar attacking mentalities, and with that in mind it is worth looking at the total goals market. Over 4.5 goals is priced at 15/4, while backing a 3-2 home win is yours at 17/1.
Neal Maupay is always sharp and hungry - you can back him at 18/5 to score first. Ollie Watkins is priced at 7/1 to score last while Sergi Canos, who took his goal at Forest well, is priced at 14/5 to score at any time.
Leo's Prediction: We're going for goals here: Brentford 3-2 Aston Villa, priced at 17/1.
Goalscorers: Neal Maupay is priced at 18/5 to score first.
Top Tip: This game should see goals, and hopefully a handful of them! Check out those total goals markets.