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In Focus: Brentford

18 September 2017

Norwich City resume their Carabao Cup campaign on Tuesday night as they travel to Griffin Park to face Brentford in Round Three.

Brentford are currently without a victory in the league but have had scored seven goals in their two cup wins so far. Here’s what to expect from our next opponents.

Summer signings
Like City did this summer, the Bees looked abroad for squad improvements in the transfer window, as well as trying to unearth talent in the domestic divisions.

They spent just under £2 million to sign striker Ollie Watkins from League Two Exeter City – the 21-year-old scored 16 goals and assisted 13 last season as Exeter just missed out on promotion via the play-offs.

Brentford also spent a similar amount to bring striker Neal Maupay to the club from St. Etienne. The Frenchman scored 13 times on loan at Ligue 2 side Stade Brest last season and has already netted three times in a red and white shirt since joining the Bees.

Kamo Mokotjo (pictured) and Henrik Dalsgaard were the other two overseas signings. Mokotjo, a South African defensive midfielder, joined from Eredivisie side FC Twente whereas, Dalsgaard, a Danish right-back, joined from Belgian side Zulte Waregem.

Brentford also signed goalkeeper Luke Daniels on a free transfer from Scunthorpe United.

Form guide
Brentford are yet to win in the Sky Bet Championship this season. They’ve drawn four and lost four of their eight league matches and are currently 22nd in the table.

The Bees have drawn with Bristol City, Wolves, Aston Villa and Reading so far. All their defeats have been by a single goal with the exception of their 2-0 loss to Ipswich Town on Saturday 19 August.

However, the Bees have found their form in the Carabao Cup. In Round One, they were tasked with a tough trip to AFC Wimbledon but came through in extra-time, despite going a goal down.

Paul Robinson put the hosts ahead in the first-half but Romaine Sawyers equalised with 20 minutes to play to send the tie into extra-time. Ollie Watkins and Justin Shaibu scored the decisive goals in the extra 30 minutes to send Dean Smith’s side through.

In Round Two, Brentford had another away trip, this time to fellow Championship side QPR. They led 3-1 at the break and Josh Clarke sealed the win in the second-half to set up a third round tie with the Canaries.

Canary connections
The main connection between the two clubs at the moment is striker Sergi Canos. The Spaniard spent most of the 2015/16 season on loan at Griffin Park before joining Norwich City the following summer.

Canos failed to break into the City squad and rejoined Brentford in January 2017 after making a total of just three league appearances for the Canaries.

Meanwhile, former City manager Chris Hughton played in defence for Brentford between 1992 and 1993 and City Hall of Famer Efan Ekoku played for the Bees in 2003.

In the squad
Goalkeepers: David Bentley, Luke Daniels
Defenders: Rico Henry, Andreas Bjelland, John Egan, Henrik Dalsgaard, Yoann Barbet, Ilias Chatzitheordoridis, Chris Mepham
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

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