Following another fantastic win on Friday night at home to Swansea, Blues travel to South-West London to face Brentford at the Brentford Community Stadium on Tuesday night (7pm KO).
What a difference three weeks and a new manager makes! Blues look like a completely different team – rejuvenated and fighting for every inch of ground. There is not one player over the last three games that has not put a shift in and that is what Blues fans wanted – a team that would fight to the end.
Going into this run of four games against teams in the top six, I do not think a single Blues fan expected anything. If Blues nicked a point, we would have been lucky. Having taken six points from a possible nine, the feeling around this side has changed dramatically and the squad should be going into these last seven games knowing they can beat anyone.
Blues face a Brentford side whose form of late has not been where they would like it. They have drawn the last three games on the bounce and have lost ground on Watford in the race for automatic promotion to the Premier League. However, Brentford are the highest scorers in the league and have only lost seven games all season, so it will be yet another tough test for Lee Bowyer’s Blues.
Blues will have to be particularly watchful of Ivan Toney, the man Brentford bought in to replace the Villa-bound Ollie Watkins in the summer. Toney has scored 28 goals in 36 appearances for Brentford. That is some return.
Last Time Out
Blues are one of the seven sides to beat Brentford this season, and it came on the opening day. A Jeremie Bela header from an Ivan Sanchez corner. Brentford dominated possession and had the best of the chances but could not find the back of the net.
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Asked about player availability for the clash with Brentford, Bowyer stated:
“Ivan Sanchez has trained the last couple of days so he is back in contention. Sam Cosgrove took a knock on Friday when he came on but he is okay, he trained today (Monday) and he’s come through it OK. Apart from that, we’ve got a full squad – I’ve never had so many players!”
Current Form – Last 6 Games (in all competitions)
Blues – W L W L L D
Brentford – D D D W L W
Blues wins: 24
Brentford wins: 12
Last four meetings between Blues and The Bees
Championship 12 Sep 2020 – Blues 1 Brentford 0
Championship 15 Feb 2020 – Blues 1 Brentford 1
Championship 03 Aug 2019 – Brentford 0 Blues 1
Championship 29 Dec 2018 – Blues 0 Brentford 0
Referee: DEAN WHITESTONE
Assistant Referees: Mark Pottage and Steven Meredith
Fourth Official: Charles Breakspear
Another tough test against one of the promotion hopefuls for Blues. Blues will be high on confidence and will believe they can beat anyone. Brentford are not in the greatest run of form, but will be dangerous and won’t want to lose further ground on the top three – especially with Watford dropping points away to Middlesbrough.
I am going to go for a 1-1 draw.
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