Brentford are set to take on Championship league-leaders West Brom at Griffin Park on Friday evening.
The Bees head into the game sat fourth in the second tier standings, and will be hoping they can make it back-to-back wins, after they beat Fulham at Craven Cottage 2-0 on Saturday.
Whereas West Brom moved to the top of the Championship table after a goalless draw with struggling Birmingham City, with second-placed Leeds falling to a surprise defeat against Cardiff City later in the weekend.
It’s set to be a closely-fought battle between the two sides in front of the Sky Sports cameras, and Slaven Bilic’s side will be looking to take a sizeable step towards promotion into the Premier League with a positive result against the Bees.
Sky Sports’ EFL pundit David Prutton issued his thoughts ahead of the game, and couldn’t separate the sides, as he predicted a 2-2 draw at Griffin Park.
“If Brentford were to have any hope of automatic promotion then they needed to take maximum points from their first two games following the restart. They have done half the job by beating Fulham last week, and now they need to close the gap to West Brom.
“It is hard to talk too much about recent form, considering the three-month gap, but Slaven Bilic’s side have now failed to score in their last three Championship games. They will be sharper than they were against Birmingham.
“This could go either way, but I can’t split the pair. Score draw.”
A win for Brentford could see Thomas Frank’s side move to within five points of the league-leaders, which will have the Baggies looking nervously over their shoulders heading towards the conclusion of this year’s campaign.
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I have to agree with Prutton here.
West Brom haven’t scored a single goal in their last three league matches, which will obviously be a concern for Slaven Bilic heading into this one.
Brentford have already shown that they can challenge any team in this division on their day, having beaten promotion rivals Fulham in their last match.
I think this one will end a draw, as both sides will be reluctant to take too many risks, as they look to avoid defeat in a crucial clash at Griffin Park.