Brentford travel to Wigan Athletic in the Championship tomorrow for their final game before the international break, and Thomas Frank will be looking to go into the break in the top-half of the table.
After three-straight wins in the Championship, Brentford were brought back down to earth by Danny Cowley’s Huddersfield Town last weekend.
It was a meeting between the league’s two form sides – no team had more points that the Terriers had in their last five games (11) going into the fixture at Griffin Park, with Brentford a close second in the form table (10 points from five before the weekend).
But a single goal from Karlan Grant proved decisive on the day, and it saw Brentford miss a chance to go into the top-half of the Championship – they sit in 13th now, four points off Bristol City in 6th.
A trip to Wigan presents Frank’s side with a winnable, but still very tricky fixture.
Here we take a look at the likely XI that will face the Latics tomorrow:
Consistency is key to success in most aspects of life, and for Brentford, a back five of David Raya in goal, Christian Dalsgaard on the right of the defence and Rico Henry on the left, with Pontus Jansson and Julian Jeanvier in the middle has remained untouched for the past seven fixtures.
Expect an unchanged defence tomorrow, and a largely unchanged midfield-three in a familiar 4-3-3 set-up for Brentford.
Kamohelo Mokotjo will play on the right of the three, with Christian Norgaard the holding midfielder.
Josh Dasilva has been playing on the left of the three, with the youngster breaking through with a couple of goals already this campaign.
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He was brought off against Huddersfield though and with Frank needing a win tomorrow, he could select the more experienced head of Mathias Jensen in there.
The front-three for Brentford is one of the best in the Championship. Like the defence, this three has been largely unchanged since Frank’s switch to 4-3-3 back in September.
Ollie Watkins, the Champioship’s second-highest scorer with ten will play down the middle, with Bryan Mbeumo on the right and Said Benrahma on the left – the trio have scored seven of Brentford last nine goals.