2018-19 FA Cup: Fourth Round – Monday

Barnet welcome Brentford to The Hive for a London derby as this weekend’s FA Cup Fourth Round action concludes. 

70 places currently separate these Bees in the football pyramid, so which set of fans will be buzzing come full time in what promises to be an entertaining battle?

Team news

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Barnet will be without goalkeeper, Mark Cousins as he serves a one match ban following his red card against Braintree last weekend. 

Rihards Matrevics will therefore make his first start in place of Cousins, having signed from West Ham in the summer. 

Brentford remain without Emiliano Marcondes (ankle) and Lewis MacLeod (hamstring) but changes will be made.  

 

Stat Attack

  • Brentford won the only previous FA Cup meeting between these sides, beating Barnet 3-1 at Griffin Park in November 1925. 
  • Barnet have avoided defeat in just four of last 13 meetings since last winning this fixture 6-3 in December 1991, which remains their only win over Brentford to this day (D4, L9). 
  • Brentford have only reached the fifth round twice this century in consecutive seasons of 2004-05 and 2005-06, beating North East opposition in Hartlepool and Sunderland on both occasions. 

 

Prediction

Barnet have enjoyed a great run and proved more than a match for Sheffield United in last round. 

Brentford however are a solid side who are back to their best after an autumn wobble, making them my tip to secure what should be easy yet comfortable passage to the fifth round. 

Prediction: Barnet 0-3 Brentford

Result: Barnet 3-3 Brentford

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