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ON THE RADAR | BRENTFORD (A)

29 November 2019

The Hatters could claim back-to-back wins with a victory against Brentford in the Sky Bet Championship tomorrow afternoon, so here’s all you need to know about our opponents.

With three wins in their last five matches, the Bees currently sit eighth in the Championship, three points off the play-off places.

Brentford have the third-best defensive record in the league thus far, conceding 14 goals in 18 games.

In-front of goal they’re particularly sharp as well, having scored three or more goals in six different games this season.

Victory for the Hatters could seem them move up to 18th place and would mark their first away victory since beating Blackburn Rovers in September.

 

The manager

Thomas Frank joined Brentford in December 2016, originally taking up the role of assistant head coach.

The Danish coach predominately spent his years working in youth football before the Bees, which included time with Denmark’s under-16 and under-17 teams.

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His first senior management role was with Brondby IF in Denmark and he achieved two successive top four finishes with them.

The 46-year-old became head coach at Brentford in October 2018 after Dean Smith left to join Aston Villa.

 

The ones to watch

Strong in all areas of the pitch with a tight-knit defence and a potent attack, Brentford are a team with plenty of good players.

Having moved to a central role since Neal Maupay left in the summer, Ollie Watkins has taken up the duty of goalscoring – netting 11 goals for his team so far.

The pacey forward has been in great form and ranks as the league’s third top goalscorer, often provided opportunities by the two wingers beside him – Saïd Benrahma and Bryan Mbeumo.

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The latter arrived this summer and has hit the ground running in the Championship with four goals and four assists to his name. Benrahma is a tricky winger that has also been vital to Brentford’s form – scoring two goals and providing two assists.

 

History 

Brentford were founded 130 years ago in 1889.Their most successful period as a club came in the 1930s, when they achieved three consecutive top-six finishes in the top-flight – including winning the Third Division title and the Second Division title.

Since their promotion from League One in 2014, they have been an established Championship outfit.

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(Former Hatters midfielder Alan McCormack was an integral part of the Brentford side that won promotion in 2014)

The ground

Griffin Park has been the place Brentford have called home since 1904, however the Bees will bid farewell to the ground at the end of the season, which once held 38,000 fans in 1949 – hosting an FA Cup sixth round tie against Leicester City.

 

The current capacity crowd of 12,000 will hope it can be a memorable season as they wave goodbye in style before moving to their new 17,500 seater stadium just around the corner.

 

The stats

  • Brentford were 2-0 victors the last time the two sides met in May 2009.
  • Luton beat Brentford 6-2 in 1964, the biggest winning margin between the two sides but the most goals in one game was a 5-5 draw in 1933.
  • James Collins is Luton’s top goalscorer with six, whereas Ollie Watkins has 11 for Brentford.
  • The Hatters have scored 25 goals in the Championship, three more than Brentford have managed.
  • Izzy Brown ranks joint-second in the league for most assists (6), while Mathias Jensen is Brentford’s most prominent creator with three.

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