Nigel Clough’s Burton welcome Brentford to the Pirelli Stadium looking to continue their recent good form. The Brewers are currently on a six game unbeaten run which has seen them put some distance between themselves and the bottom three. They’re currently three points clear of the drop zone and they’ll be confident that they can stay up. Brentford make the trip to Staffordshire six points better off than their opponents but they’ve struggled in recent weeks. Tuesday’s defeat to Wolves sealed a second loss in as many games and The Bees have a fight on their hands if they’re to seal a top half finish.
Burton going from strength to strength
This is a historic season for Burton, embarking on their first ever year in the second tier and it was always going to be tough. The Brewers have the lowest budget in the division and it’s a huge step up from the third tier, but they’ve performed above all expectations. They were expected to finish bottom of the table but as it stands they’re set to stay up and Nigel Clough has made them a hard working, determined & hard to beat outfit. As it stands they’re three points clear of the drop zone – which isn’t the biggest of gaps but they’re grinding out results.
On Saturday they claimed a crucial three points against local rivals Nottingham Forest. The Pirelli was bouncing for that clash with The Tricky Trees, there’s just 30 miles separating the two sides and it was close on the pitch. A sole Cauley Woodrow effort midway through the first half was enough to seal the three points and it confirmed a third home win in four games. They’re hitting form just at the right stage and we’re expecting that to continue through here. The performances of Fulham loanee Woodrow have been a big reason behind their results at home – netting three goals in Burton’s last four games on home soil. He’s priced at a very good 29/10 to add to his tally and we’re backing him to do so.
Inconsistency haunting Brentford’s game yet again
It’s been a topsy turvy season for Brentford and manager Dean Smith. The Bees are a side capable of beating any team in the division on their day but you just don’t know which Brentford is going to turn up. Just as they’re starting to build up a head of steam they always seem to fall away and it looks like they could end up finishing in the bottom half. As it stands they’re currently just a point away from twelfth placed Aston Villa but with some tough games coming up over the remaining weeks of the campaign they need to up their game. And their recent results won’t do much to inspire confidence, losing each of their last two league games.
They were last in league action on Tuesday when they welcomed Wolves to Griffin Park for a game they were expected to win comfortably. Their opponents came into the clash just a point above the drop zone on the back of ending a run of six games without a defeat. Smith’s men got off to a good start with Maxime Colin opening the scoring on the half hour mark and it looked like they’d go onto get the three points. But some slack defending in the closing stages saw them concede twice in the 86th & 89th minute to the anger of the home support. It’s going to be interesting to see what effect that has on confidence but we’re expecting them to struggle here. Burton don’t give many opportunities away and they’re desperate for the three points