2019-20 Sky Bet Championship: Week 45 – Saturday

Stoke City face a tough test as they welcome automatic promotion chasing Brentford to the BET365 Stadium.

Stoke can climb to 17th position with a win whilst victory or a draw would see Brentford leapfrog West Bromwich Albion into the final automatic promotion spot. 

 

Team News

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Nick Powell and Sam Clucas are doubts for Stoke after being subbed with injuries during their draw at Bristol City on Wednesday.

Jack Butland (neck), Ryan Shawcross (groin), Tom Edwards (foot), Joe Allen (Achilles) and Thibaud Verlinden (knee) are sidelined. 

Brentford could welcome Shandon Baptiste back from a knock that saw him miss their last two games. 

Nikos Karelis remains a long-term absentee with a knee injury. 

 

Stat Attack

  • Stoke are winless in their last five regular seasons meetings against Brentford in all competitions (D2, L3). 
  • Brentford are winless in 12 previous trips to Stoke (D4, L8).
  • Said Benrahma has scored three goals in three away appearances for Brentford post lockdown. 

 

Prediction

Following West Brom’s loss at Huddersfield, this is a huge chance for Brentford to put promotion in their own hands ahead of the final day and they do have the momentum behind them to do so. 

Stoke however have been the Bees’ hoodoo with zero wins in 12 previous trips so I am expecting the Potters to provide a tough defence, although this is surely Brentford’s time and there is no better way to put themselves closer to promotion than to end their hoodoo. 

Prediction: Stoke City 0-2 Brentford

Result: Stoke City 1-0 Brentford

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