Blues will make the trip to West London this evening to face up against sour opposition: Brentford, in what will be a cagey affair as Blues will try to get the last laugh to silence the poor Bees lot that are still recovering from the loss of those that left Griffin Park to join a much more atmospheric ground in the form of St. Andrew’s in the summer.
Both Colin and Jota won’t be expected to feature, so it may just be Harlee Dean asking the home fans to cut him some slack. Along with their fans being unable to let go of their beloved Jota, they also think Cotterill is going to steal not only their kitman, but also Harry Potter too. More on the madcap bunch later…
But as this is a preview, I think a few facts would be appreciated:
Brentford are having a much better season than us, as they are currently placed tenth in terms of the league standings, whereas we are currently 19th, with the chance to move up a matter of a place or two if results were to go our way tonight.
Anyway, on to the team news!
David Davis is likely to miss this one on his birthday after recovering from that knee injury at Villa. Maikel Kieftenbeld also misses this one after picking up a two-game suspension thanks to his tenth yellow this campaign. Grounds and Vassell remain sidelined.
“He’s (Davis) getting better,” said Cotterill. “Whether it’s quick enough or not I am really not sure for this game.”
Bees winger Sergi Canos continues his three-game suspension. Midfielder Kamohelo Mokotjo will be hoping to retain his place after scoring just 13 minutes into his debut at Sunderland at the weekend. Rico Henry remains sidelined.
GLK: Daniel Bentley
DEF: Andreas Bjelland, John Egan, Henrik Dalsgaard
MID: Josh McEachran, Romaine Sawyers, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Josh Clarke
FWD:Neal Maupay, Oliver Watkins, Florian Jozefzoon
Cotterill believes Blues have to up their game tonight:
“Against Brentford it will be a different game for sure, that’s the Championship. “They are a good team, a good football team and it’s a difficult place to go.
“But if we can replicate the performances against Sheffield Wednesday, away at Reading, away at Preston then we will do well in the game. But we have got to replicate that.”
As for their fans feeling sorry for themselves that we went and stole three of their ‘prime assets’, let’s not forget ‘Arry was probably getting a kicker from his London pals and we were very much on the wheelings and dealings route at the time. Oh how we’d love a Jota winner in the 90th minute though…
Whatever the outcome, we can expect a very hostile atmosphere that will no doubt be drowned out by our renditions of Keep Right On. We’ll leave you of live pictures of Harlee Dean trying on his armour ready for battle.
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