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Tonight’s clash at QPR could be the turning point in Brentford’s season

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Brentford travel to fierce local rivals Queens Park Rangers tonight in the Carabao Cup, with the west London rivals experiencing very opposite starts to the new season.

After a promising preseason filled with quality signings, the Bees find themselves rooted to the bottom of the Championship table, having picked up just a single point from their opening four encounters.

The R’s however have enjoyed an extremely bright start, and seven points from their opening fixtures will leave manager Ian Holloway delighted with the way his side have conducted themselves in the opening weeks.

To most in football this will be considered a meaningless second round cup tie, but to these two clubs, this is shaping up to be one of the games of the season.

Brentford need a confidence boost following their poor start to the season, and actually haven’t won a game in 90 minutes this semester, with their only victory an extra time defeat of League One AFC Wimbledon.

A huge match up against one of their biggest rivals is the perfect opportunity for Dean Smith to instil new confidence into his side, and taking the win at Loftus Road is the perfect opportunity for the club to put together a run of form.

The Bees have enjoyed great success over Rangers in recent years, and a morale boosting victory for both players and fans is exactly what is needed following a disappointing start.

Fans will flock in their droves to Shepherd’s Bush for the game, but the result is equally important for Holloway’s men, who themselves will look to draw confidence from a positive outcome this evening.

Nothing riles up clubs like a clash against your local rivals, and if Brentford can take the spoils away to Holloway’s men tonight, expect the Bees’ form to improve in the coming weeks.

How much does this west London derby mean to you, Bees and R’s fans?

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