Birmingham City vs Brentford
2017/18 EFL Championship
Date: Wednesday, 1st November 2017
Kick Off: 19:45 UK
Venue: St. Andrew’s Stadium
The Blues will now have their heads held high at St. Andrew’s tomorrow evening, as we will take on 18th side – Brentford, in the Sky Bet Championship.
After Sunday’s well battled affair, a point in my opinion is a fair reflection of the game considering the circumstances. Both side’s equally had their chances in the 90 minute contest, but neither could seem to take them accordingly. Jota surely left many Blues fans travelling home thinking “if only”, after he had what would appear as a clear cut goal, but unfortunately the pressure of the big day must of got to him, and he unfortunately put the ball over the bar, reaching the fans behind the goal in the Tilton Road stand.
Villa on the other side had their chances also, with Keinan Davis hitting the woodwork in what was practically an open goal, following a great initial save from Tomasz Kuszczak. And after back and forth action from both sets of teams, the clash panned out to be a 0-0 draw.
But tomorrow evening we await a new challenge, and we must continue to attack with such finesse as our previous few games, and take our chances against a Brentford side that are a similar calibre to us, and aren’t having the best of results nor luck in the new campaign. But we will have to fight to the best of our abilities no matter what though, as we can never underestimate any opponent that we face, especially when you take into account the poor consistency in form from Blues this season.
Our opponents for the clash are sat in 18th place in the league heading into the game, with an extra 4 points the difference between ourselves and the London based club. Dean Smith has a strong enough team to give us a good game at the very least, where top scorer Ollie Watkins will be ambitious to add to his tally for the season, but with Kuszczak seemingly in his prime run of form during his spell at Blues, he will be a tough and scary bloke to put the ball past. The Polish 35-year-old pulled off some magnificent saves during the derby game, so he will no doubt be keen to add another clean sheet to his record this campaign, in an attempt to save his name in the first team when David Stockdale returns.
Blues top scorer, Che Adams, will also be one to try his hardest to get his name on the score board during tomorrow night’s fixture, as he will most likely see himself play in a more attacking role on the evening. But Blues will be without the assistance of Isaac Vassell, who will be sidelined for 5-6 months after rupturing a cruciate ligament in his leg during the encounter with Aston Villa over the weekend. The game will be tough without Vassell adding extra pace to our front 4, with Sam Gallagher being the most obvious replacement for the 24-year-old, after he came on as a substitute for the former Luton man on Sunday.
I think that with the quality of the players that we have, we can at least get a point if not all three. However it will be anything but easy, and we’ll need to work as a team as we usually do, but this time without the extra asset of pace and skill upfront, yet we have near than enough of quality replacements to endure the 6 month period that Vassell is out for, but lets be frank… it won’t be the same without Isaac for what is practically the rest of the season.
BLUES – Carl Jenkinson still out after having shoulder surgery. David Stockdale remains sidelined following his arm injury. Isaac Vassell could miss the rest of the season after rupturing a cruciate ligament.
BRENTFORD – Nico Yennaris isn’t likely to feature after falling unconscious in the Bees 3-2 win over Preston.
Blues Wins – 22
Games Drawn – 6
Brentford Wins – 10
Biggest Win – Blues 5-1 Brentford
BLUES – WLWLD
BRENTFORD – DDWDW
Blues 1-3 Brentford (2nd Jan 2017)
Played For Both – Jota
Jota is now Birmingham’s most expensive buy in the club’s history, and he hasn’t had to work too hard yet to get backing from the Bluenoses. The Blues fans will always have pride and hope supporting him all the way, despite his unfortunate miss against Villa on Sunday. However, he has recently made his move to St. Andrew’s in the summer, after he endured a lengthy contract with the London side. Let’s hope he can get his goalscoring tally underway with a goal against his former side tomorrow evening.
I think that we still have plenty of quality in the attack to get some goals tomorrow night against what is a shaky Brentford back line at times. And after the way we defended in the derby on Sunday, I honestly can’t see us conceding in the match. So I’m going for a 2-0 Home win.
That’s my score prediction, but I want to hear yours! Comment your predicted score-line below, and feel free to tell us what you think about this Match Preview… K.R.O!!