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Match Preview: Brentford vs Luton Town

Without a victory in five games, the Hatters are back to winning ways following a 2-1 home win against Charlton Athletic. 

Despite losing to Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday night, Brentford are only three points away from the playoffs sitting 8th in the Championship. 

Luton will be looking to gain some points away from home after no points in four matches, while Brentford look to keep their home form strong with only one defeat at Griffin Park. 

Brentford vs Luton Town Match Info

Kick-Off: 15:00[GMT]

Venue: Griffin Park 

Referee: Tony Harrington  

The Bees 

Position: 8th 

Recent Form: WLWWL 

Top goalscorer: Ollie Watkins [11]

Most assists: Mathias Jensen, Bryan Mbeumo & Sergi Canos [3]

Previous result: Blackburn Rovers 1-0 Brentford 

Brentford vs Luton Town Match Preview 

Brentford 

Following a 1-0 away defeat to Blackburn Rovers during midweek, the Bees will be looking to bounce back at home to Luton Town. The London side couldn’t get a goal back following a first half goal from Bradley Dack. 

With it being Brentford’s last season at Griffin Park, Thomas Frank’s men will do all they can to make it a season to remember in the Championship. Last season the Bees finished 11th in the League despite Dean Smith leaving the club in October 2018. 

The Bees have won five of their previous seven league matches (W5, L2). Four of those wins contributed to a record which has seen them score exactly three goals in six of their eight league victories this season. 

Brentford tend to do their scoring in the latter stages of their matches, netting a goal in the final thirty minutes of six of their previous ten league matches. 

Ollie Watkins is the main man for Brentford this season. The former Exeter City player has scored 11 goals so far this campaign, already beating his goal tally from last season with 10 goals. 

Injuries/suspensions (estimated return)

  • Joel Valencia – Dislocated shoulder (Mid December)
  • Josh Clarke – Injured (Unknown)
  • Nikos Karelis – Knee injury (Unknown)
  • Julian Jeanvier – Suspended

Thomas Frank 

“We need to be ready, good teams bounce back, we are a good team, so we need to bounce back.” 

Predicted line-up 

(4-3-3) Martin, Dalsgaard, Pinnock, Jansson, Henry, Jensen, Nergaard, Dasilva, Mbeumo, Watkins, Benrahma

The Hatters

After grabbing a win midweek against Charlton, the Hatters will be looking to continue that winning feeling away against Brentford. Goals from Mpanzu and Brown earnt Luton a well-worked victory after losing five games in a row. 

Luton are in desperate need to improve their away form after not picking up any points away from home in their last four matches. The Hatters are yet to keep a clean sheet on their travels after playing eight games.

Concerns over the Hatters ability to take control of games are still about – the Town have allowed their opponents to score the opener in 14 of their 18 league matches. Luton are also conceding an average of 1.83 goals per at present, which is the third-highest average in the Championship.

Graeme Jones will be crying out for his side to have some consistency now after winning midweek. The Hatters have only won back-to-back league games once this season. This came when Luton beat Barnsley and Huddersfield back in August. 

Injuries/suspensions (estimated return)

  • Danny Hylton – Knee injury (December)
  • Martin Cranie – Injured (Unknown)

Graeme Jones 

“I want consistency now. You know what we are, we need to perform and so everybody who has the shirt, it’s theirs to lose.”

Predicted line-up 

(4-3-3) Shea, Bree, Pearson, Bradley, Potts, Tunnicliffe, Mpanzu, Shinnie, Cornick, Collins, Brown. 

Brentford vs Luton Town Head-to-head 

Last Three Results:

02 May 2009 Brentford 2-0 Luton Town – League Two

25 Nov 2008 Luton Town 0-1 Brentford – League Two

07 Oct 2008 Luton Town 2-2 Brentford – Johnstones Paint Trophy

Full Head-to-Head Record: 

Luton Wins: 35

Brentford Wins: 25

Draws: 15 

Matches Played: 75

Players to watch:

Ollie Watkins: Brentford forward Ollie Watkins has four goals in his previous seven league matches. 

Pelly Ruddock: Pelly Ruddock has two goals in his previous six league appearances. 

Brentford vs Luton Town stats

There has been under 2.5 goals in 66.67% of Brentford’s league matches.

Brentford have had the third-highest number of league corners (5.59 on-average per game). 

The first scorer has consistently won each of Luton’s nine Championship away games this term (W2, L7). 

What do you think?

Lewis Williams

Written by Lewis Williams

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