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Match Previews

Brentford v Albion match preview

24 June 2020

Slaven Bilić’s Baggies will take on fourth-placed Brentford in the Sky Bet Championship on Friday night at Griffin Park (ko 7.45pm).

Their last outing

The Bees claimed a brilliant win against their promotion rivals Fulham in their first game back following the restart.

Brentford were without Bryan Mbeumo, who tested positive for coronavirus, but late goals from Saïd Benrahma and Emiliano Marcondes earned Thomas Frank’s men a 2-0 win on the road and closed the gap to third-placed Fulham to just a point.

BRENTFORD: Raya; Dalsgaard, Jansson, Pinnock, Henry; Jensen (Marcondes 70), Nørgaard, Dasilva (Valencia 85); Fosu-Henry (Baptiste 70), Watkins, Benrahma.

Substitutes: Thompson, Mokotjo, Dervisoglu, Jeanvier, Daniels, Rasmussen.

In the dugout

Thomas Frank’s current spell at Griffin Park has been a successful one, with the Bees currently in fourth position in the Sky Bet Championship.

The Danish boss stepped up from the Assistant Head Coach role to take the reigns in October 2018 and despite a tough start that saw him win one of his first 10 matches, a strong second half of the season meant they ended up 11th.

Frank’s maiden senior management job was at Brondby where he achieved 4th and 3rd placed finishes to qualify for Europe, but he was dismissed towards the end of the 2015/16 term.

One to watch

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Saïd Benrahma has 11 Sky Bet Championship goals to his name this season, most recently firing the Bees ahead against Fulham in their last outing.

The 24-year-old winger has now matched his goal tally from last term, which was his first campaign with Brentford after joining from French side, Nice.

Despite firing in 11 goals, Benrahma is the Bees’ third top scorer - with Ollie Watkins currently on 22 Championship goals while Bryan Mbeumo has 14 league goals to his name.

Our last meeting

The last clash between the Baggies and the Bees was in late December and ended in a 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns.

Brentford captain Henrik Dalsgaard headed the visitors in front as the first half drew to a close, yet Darnell Furlong restored parity just minutes later, nodding home following Matt Phillips' corner.

The last time Albion visited Griffin Park, Kyle Edwards scored his first Sky Bet Championship goal with a superb solo effort which was enough to secure a 1-0 away win for the Baggies.

Stats

Albion

• Slaven Bilić’s men have conceded just one goal in their last five league games.

• Albion have won three of their last four away games (W3, D1, L0).

• The Baggies have picked up 39 points on the road, the highest total in the division.

Brentford

• The Bees are the division’s top scorers with 66 goals - Albion have the second-highest tally, netting 64 times.

• Ollie Watkins is the second-highest scorer in the Championship, with 22 goals to his name.

• The Bees have lost just one of their last nine league games (W4, D4, L1).

Head to head

 

Albion wins

Draws

Brentford wins

League

9

4

2

FA Cup

1

0

0

League Cup

2

0

1

Total

12

4

3

Our man to watch

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Kieran Gibbs was recalled to Albion’s starting 11 against Birmingham City, playing all 90 minutes of the 0-0 draw on his return from injury.

The experienced defender now has 84 appearances to his name for the Baggies - who are yet to lose a league game Kieran Gibbs has been involved in this season.

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Season tickets holders who have claimed an iFollow package can again watch Albion play live when the Baggies take on Brentford.

Please ensure you have your redeemed your code and logged in to your account well in advance of the game. IFollow coverage starts one hour before kick-off.

Once logged in, supporters should visit our Match Centre and click 'Watch Now'. 

We are aware of a technical issue that saw a number of supporters, across all Clubs’ iFollow platforms, unable to access the stream on Saturday. We have sought reassurances from the EFL that this issue has been rectified and will not happen again.

If you have any problems with iFollow please contact ifollow@efl.com

The game is not available to watch with a match pass for non season ticket holders, but they can purchase an audio pass for £2.50.

Supporters can find the latest iFollow information here.

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Blues is also available in our Match Centre, where you can listen to live commentary on WBA Radio or follow our live text feed.

WBA Radio is the only service that allows Baggies fans around the world - from Smethwick to the Sahara - access to uninterrupted live commentaries from every one of our competitive games. iFollow subscribers can join Gez Mulholland and Andy Johnson for Baggies-biased live commentary on Friday.

International supporters who have an iFollow subscription may be able to live stream the game depending on where they are located around the world. To find out, click here.

You’ll also be able to find score updates on the club's social media channels.

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Match Reports

Brentford 1 Albion 0

26 June 2020

Albion fell to a 1-0 defeat at Brentford in their first away day since the Sky Bet Championship restarted.

The Baggies remain top of the league on goal-difference ahead of the weekend’s fixtures with Leeds hosting Fulham on Saturday afternoon.

The hosts took the lead on 16 minutes when Ollie Watkins scrambled in a close-range effort from Josh Dasilva’s low left-wing cross.

The Bees might have got a second moments later but Said Benrahma fired a tame shot straight at Sam Johnstone from Tarique Fosu’s ball in.

Grady Diangana stung the gloves of David Raya with a 25-yard free-kick just after the first-half drinks break but the Brentford stopper recovered to gather comfortably after initially spilling from the set-piece.

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Albion’s best passage of the first-half came just before the interval with Matty Phillips darting down the left but his cross was stolen from the brow of Hal Robson-Kanu by Raya. 

Slaven Bilić made two changes at the break with Phillips and Robson-Kanu making way for Filip Krovinović and Kenneth Zohore.

The Baggies showed attacking intent seconds after the restart with Matheus Pereira driving just over the bar from 20 yards.

Zohore struck the woodwork on 52, turning on the edge of the ‘D’ before unleashing a fierce right-foot strike onto the crossbar with Raya well beaten.

Albion broke again two minutes later when Pereira played in Diangana who struck well over with a mishit left-foot effort.

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The Baggies were getting closer with Brentford growing nervous, particularly ‘keeper Raya who twice nearly played in Zohore.

Bilić’s men continued to knock on the door with Gibbs heading wide from a Furlong cross before Pereira saw a low drive comfortably saved by Raya. Rekeem Harper was introduced in place of Jake Livermore as Albion searched for a way back into the game.

Fosu almost doubled the hosts’ lead against the run of play on 72 but his left-foot volley dragged wide of the right upright from 12 yards.

Minutes later Dianagana’s drive was blocked by Ethan Pinnock, who threw his body in front of the ball, with Sawyers only able to fire the rebound well over.

Diangana made way for Callum Robinson, and Kyle Edwards replaced Pereira as Bilić tried to find a way through the Bees' stubborn defence, but Thomas Frank's men held on for all three points.

ALBION: Johnstone; Furlong, Ajayi, Hegazi, Gibbs; Livermore (Harper 65), Sawyers; Phillips (Krovinović 46), Pereira, Diangana (Robinson 78); Robson-Kanu (Zohore 46).

Substitutes: Bond; Bartley, Austin, Edwards, O’Shea.

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