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In Focus: Brentford

21 December 2017

Norwich City begin their busy festive schedule on Friday night when they take on Brentford at Carrow Road.

The two sides have already met this season in the Carabao Cup and the Bees head into the match occupying 13th place in the Sky Bet Championship.

Key players
Summer recruit Ollie Watkins (pictured) has hit the ground running since moving from Exeter City for a reported fee of £1.8 million.

The 21-year-old scored 16 goals for Exeter last season and he’s carried on his form despite moving up two divisions.

He already has seven goals to his name this campaign and he’ll be Brentford’s main goal threat on Friday.

Out wide, Florian Jozefzoon is Brentford’s main provider of opportunities and goals. The former PSV Eindhoven man has scored two and assisted five so far.

In defence, captain John Egan has been a real rock for Dean Smith’s team. The Irishman has made his breakthrough for the national team this season and his reputation is ever-growing in the Championship.

Form guide
After a slow start to the season, Brentford’s season picked up during October and into the start of November. However, The Bees’ form has dipped and they’ve only won one of their last five games.

On November 21, Burton Albion visited Griffin Park and managed to hold their opponents to a 1-1 draw with Ben Turner cancelling out Jozefzoon’s opener.

Two stoppage-time goals from QPR’s Matt Smith and Luke Freeman denied Brentford victory in their next match as the west London rivals drew 2-2 at Loftus Road.

They began December with a home win against Fulham but a defeat to Hull and a stalemate at home to Barnsley mean Brentford are looking to turn around their form heading into the New Year.

Previous meeting
The two sides met back in September in the third round of the Carabao Cup with City heading into the match unbeaten in three matches.

And the Canaries carried on their upturn in fortunes with another positive display on the road to set up a fourth round tie at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal.

Mario Vrancic (pictured) got the ball rolling from the penalty spot after a foul on Marley Watkins before the Bosnian midfielder doubled City’s lead with a sensational free-kick.

Josh Murphy sealed the win in the second-half which rendered Josh Clarke’s late strike as a mere consolation goal.

In the squad
Goalkeepers: David Bentley, Luke Daniels
Defenders: Rico Henry, Andreas Bjelland, John Egan, Henrik Dalsgaard, Yoann Barbet, Ilias Chatzitheordoridis, Chris Mepham, Mads Bech Sorensen
Midfielders: Lewis MacLeod, Nico Yennaris, Josh McEachran, Ryan Woods, Alan Judge, Romaine Sawyers, Josh Clarke, Theo Archibald, Reece Cole, Zain Westbrooke, Kamo Mokotjo
Forwards: Florian Jozefzoon, Neal Maupay, Oliver Watkins, Lasse Vibe, Justin Shaibu, Sergi Canos

Coral are offering odds of 27/20 on a Norwich win on Friday. To make your bet, click HERE.


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