Brentord travel to Wigan Athletic in the Championship this weekend, as Thomas Frank’s side look for a return to winning ways after last weekend’s defeat.
A win over Huddersfield Town last Saturday would’ve gifted Brentford a fourth-straight league wins for the first time since 2015, but a second-half goal from Karlan Grant granted the Terriers a 1-0 win at Griffin Park.
Expectations were high for Frank’s side going into that game after three impressive wins in the Championship and this weekend before the international break, the Dane will be gunning for a win to keep his side’s recent upturn on the up.
They face a formidable foe in Wigan though. Paul Cook’s side are 20th in the table but not to be taken lightly – Charlton, Birmingham and Forest have all come to the DW Stadium this season and lost to nil.
It’ll be a great test of character for Brentford, having gone on such a good run only to put in a mild performance against Huddersfield, and here we take a look at two ways which Brentford can hurt their opposition on Saturday.
Beat them at their own game
For a lot of the ‘smaller’ clubs in the Championship their best bet is to sit back in games, soak up the pressure and look to land a goal or two on the break.
No doubt, this it what Wigan will look to do on Saturday, even at their own home they’ll be fearing the Bees’ front-three of Ollie Watkins, Bryan Mbeumo and Said Benrahma.
Frank can frustrate Wigan on Saturday by doing it right back at them – Brentford have the pace up-top to be devastating on the counter-attack and should look to soak up whatever pressure Wigan apply, before launching an attack.
It’s difficult to play against teams who are so compact and deep-lying, and Brentford probably wouldn’t have much luck if they tried to control the game on Saturday.
Keep tabs on Lowe
Wigan aren’t blessed with the most technical players in the Championship, but in Jamal Lowe they have a player capable of hurting any defence in the league.
Signing from Portsmouth in the summer, Lowe came to the DW with high expectations and whilst his goals return probably hasn’t been what he’d expected, he’s still proved a fine acquisition from Cook.
His pace and forward-thinking in possession gives Wigan a whole new dynamic to their attack, and they’ll need to utilise him on Saturday to have a hope against Brentford.
For Frank though, keeping Lowe quite is imperative. He played on the left of Wigan’s front-three last time out, and Brentford right-back Henrik Dalsgaard will have his plate full at the weekend.