It’s 5th against 6th in the Championship on Saturday, and EFL pundit David Prutton has predicted Brentford to come out on top in West London against Reading.
Thomas Frank’s side extended their unbeaten run to 12 matches at Watford in midweek, although it was a eighth draw of the campaign for the Bees – only Millwall have more.
And with both Bournemouth and Norwich in excellent form, Brentford must start turning some of those draws into victories if they have genuine top-two aspirations.
Five of those draws have come at home – with Brentford winning just three of their opening 10 matches at the Brentford Community Stadium.
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As for Reading, they’re one point above the Bees despite taking just 11 points from their previous 10 matches following their near-perfect start to the campaign.
These two sides have scored 57 goals combined this term, meaning goals would appear a certainty in the capital, and Prutton would agree with that claim given his 2-1 prediction.
He told Sky Sports: “Brentford have got into a habit of drawing a lot of games at home, and will continue to lose ground on the top two if they can’t start turning those results into wins.
“Reading have a lot of injuries at the minute and not the biggest squad, which may have hindered them a little in midweek against Norwich. I think the Bees will get back to winning ways at home.”
Reading have been solid on the road in recent matches, whilst Brentford are drawing far too often in their new ground.
However, I think that theme will end here, and the quality of the Championship’s top goalscorer Ivan Toney will prove the difference in a 3-1 Bees victory.