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Brentford make the trip to St. Andrew's Stadium on Saturday for the Championship game with hosts Birmingham City.
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Birmingham City will be looking for an improved result here after a 0-1 EFL Cup defeat last time out to Cambridge United.
In that game, Birmingham City had 66% possession and 9 shots at goal with 2 on target. Cambridge United had 4 shots at goal with 2 on target. Robbie Cundy (19') scored for Cambridge United.
It’s been seldom in recent times that Birmingham City haven’t conceded. It will be a concern for them that The Blues have been scored against in 6 of their previous 6 clashes, leaking 12 goals during that time. It will be interesting to see if that trend can be sustained here.
Previously, Brentford drew 1-1 in the EFL Cup match with Wycombe Wanderers.
In that match, Brentford managed 71% possession and 13 shots on goal with 4 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Brentford was Ethan Pinnock (32'). Wycombe Wanderers had 8 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target. Daryl Horgan (76') was the scorer for Wycombe Wanderers.
Looking at their form, and Brentford have been scored against in 6 of their last 6 games, seeing opposing sides hit 8 goals in all. At the back, The Bees have some weaknesses to address.
Head to head
Looking over their prior head-to-head meetings dating back to 01/11/2017 tells us that Birmingham City have won 1 of them and Brentford 2, with the number of draws being 3.
An aggregate of 12 goals were produced between them during those clashes, with 3 of them from The Blues and 9 netted by The Bees. That’s an average goals per game figure of 2.
The last league clash between these clubs was Championship match day 33 on 15/02/2020 when the final score was Birmingham City 1-1 Brentford.
On that day, Birmingham City had 35% possession and 11 shots at goal with 4 of them on target. Their only player to score was Lukas Jutkiewicz (13').
For their opponents, Brentford had 11 shots at goal with 4 on target. Ethan Pinnock (17') was the scorer.
The match was refereed by Stephen Martin.
Team News: Birmingham City
Birmingham City boss Aitor Karanka has zero fitness worries to speak of ahead of this match thanks to a fully injury-free group ready to go.
We think that The Blues may well use the 4-2-3-1 formation in the match featuring Andres Prieto, Kristian Pedersen, George Friend, Harlee Dean, Maxime Colin, Maikel Kieftenbeld, Adam Clayton, Charlie Lakin, Dan Crowley, Jérémie Bela and Ivan Sanchez.
Team News: Brentford
With a fully injury-free group available to select from, Brentford boss Thomas Frank doesn’t have any fitness worries to speak of coming into this game.
We believe The Bees might utilise a 4-3-3 system with a starting lineup of Luke Daniels, Henrik Dalsgaard, Pontus Jansson, Ethan Pinnock, Rico Henry, Emiliano Marcondes Hansen, Christian Nørgaard, Mathias Jensen, Bryan Mbeumo, Ivan Toney and Tariqe Fosu.
Our feeling is that Birmingham City might need a bit of good fortune to find the net against this Brentford team who should do enough to score at the other end and edge ahead.
Our tip is therefore for a very even match with a 0-1 advantage for Brentford at full-time.
Looking forward to watching this one unfold.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: St. Andrew's Stadium (29,409)
Captain: Harlee Dean
Manager: Aitor Karanka
Competitions: League Cup (First Round)