2019-20 Sky Bet Championship: Brentford vs Nottingham Forest

Having suffered FA Cup heartbreak on Saturday, Brentford dive straight back into Sky Bet Championship action as they host Nottingham Forest at Griffin Park.

Victory for either team will lift them into third after Fulham were held by Charlton to a goalless draw last Wednesday. 

 

Team news

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Said Benrahma is in contention for Brentford after missing Saturday’s game for personal reasons.

Ollie Watkins is also expected to feature after being rested at the weekend, having failed to even make the bench as the nine changes to the starting eleven look set to be reversed. 

Nikos Karelis, Sergi Canos (both knee) and Marcus Forss (hamstring) are definitely ruled out but Mathias Jensen (hamstring) and Pontus Jansson (hip) could face late fitness tests. 

Nottingham Forest have no fresh injury concerns to report as Tendayi Darikwa remains sidelined with an anterior cruciate ligament injury. 

 

Form 

Brentford enter this match with one defeat in their last eight league matches (W5, D2, L1), and are unbeaten in seven of their last eight home games in all competitions (W7, L1). 

Nottingham Forest arrive at Griffin Park unbeaten in their last six league games (W4, D2), but have kept just two clean sheets in their last five away league trips. 

 

Stat Attack

  • Brentford have lost three of their last five meetings against Nottingham Forest (W2, L3).
  • Both teams have scored in 13 of their 14 previous meetings at Griffin Park.
  • Bryan Mbeumo has scored in each of Brentford’s last five home league games, with all five goals coming in the first half. 

 

Prediction

Brentford were brilliant on Saturday once they hit their stride so I am expecting another attacking performance, especially with if the BMW (Benrahma, Mbeumo & Watkins) start up front. 

Forest however are currently in decent form so will pose a stern test although I am going for a home win if the Bees can pick up where they left off. 

Prediction: Brentford 2-1 Nottingham Forest

Result: Brentford 0-1 Nottingham Forest

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