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Brentford v Nottingham Forest: Stats, predicted line-ups and more…

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Brentford host Nottingham Forest this weekend in what should be an entertaining match.

Both sides play nice football and are just getting warmed up this season, with the Bees sitting in 8th place and Nottingham Forest currently in 13th position, although just one point separates the two teams.

Here, FLW provides you with a stat pack ahead of this weekend’s game at Griffin Park.

With Neal Maupay still suspended, Brentford have to weigh up their options up front with either Ollie Watkins or Marcus Forss starting up front.

The defence is expected to remain the same as last weekend’s loss to Blackburn Rovers, although Ezri Konsa Ngoyo could be replaced by Julian Jeanvier, who impressed in the EFL Cup in midweek.

Lewis Macleod and Josh McEachran could replace Nico Yennaris and Kamohelo Mokotjo in central midfield.

Nottingham Forest may be forced into replacing Sam Byram, who picked up an injury in midweek, with Tendayi Darikwa waiting to take his place.

Joe Lolley will be hoping for a start after scoring against Birmingham but Joao Carvalho, Gil Dias and Matty Cash are playing well, while Daryl Murphy has scored two in his last two to push Lewis Grabban for a start.

Nottingham Forest will be hoping to reverse a poor run of form against Brentford, which has seen them win just one of their previous six meetings with the West Londoners.

But Brentford are without key marksman Maupay, who has scored five goals in four games, and will be looking to Watkins – who has three strikes to his name – for the end product.

For Forest, Murphy and Hillal Soudani both have two league goals to their name.

In terms of the stats, Brentford are enjoying more shots per game and aerial duel success than the Reds, but Aitor Karanka’s men edge the Bees in dribbles per game and tackles per match.

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