Brentford travel to South Wales tonight to face Swansea City in the Championship, as Thomas Frank’s side look for consecutive wins for the first time this season.
The Championship resumed at the weekend after the two-week international break, and it was Brentford who stole the headlines with their 3-2 over Millwall.
Goals from Josh Dasilva, Bryan Mbuemo and Ollie Watkins in the final six minutes of the game gave the Bees a stunning comeback in-front of the Griffin Park faithful, boosting Brentford to 13th in the Championship table.
Tonight they face Steve Cooper’s Swansea who’ve struggled in recent weeks, with just one win in their last six in the league.
But the Swans remain third in the Championship and a force to be reckoned with, and another win for Frank tonight would be their biggest of the season yet.
Here we take a look at 2 weaknesses that Brentford could exploit tonight:
Overload the midfield
Swansea got off to an unprecedented start in the Championship this season, winning seven of their opening eight in all competitions and looking like early contenders for the title.
But a home loss to Nottingham Forest at the start of last month brought an end to their flying start to the campaign, and Cooper’s side have yet to recapture their early form.
The Swans have conceded in their last four Championship games and in each one, they’ve seemed outnumbered on the pitch.
Despite lining-up in a 4-2-3-1 more often than not, Swansea have a distinct lack of solidity in the middle of the park – it’s too easy for teams to play good football against them at the minute.
Brentford’s biggest vantage point against Swansea tonight will be straight down the middle.
Hit them on the counter
Swansea, like most of the bigger clubs in the Championship, often have plenty more of the ball than their opposition, and like to play with it high up the pitch.
This could actually work in Brentford’s favour.
We’ve seen countless times this season, one team having 20-30% possession and ending up winning the game by a couple of goals.
It’s how the underdogs should set-up and will likely be the plan for Frank tonight – let Swansea have the ball, and hit them with a fast counter-attack, it’s how Barnsley equalised against them at the weekend.
They’ve the tools to utilise this tactic tonight, with Watkins, Mbuemo and Said Benrahma likely starting up-front, and it could be the decisive factor in a game that Swansea will be desperate to win.