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In Focus: Brentford

26 January 2018

Norwich City will look to bounce back from Saturday’s defeat to Sheffield United with a visit to Griffin Park in the Sky Bet Championship.

Norwich play in-form Brentford for the third time this season, with the Canaries beating the Bees at Griffin Park in the Carabao Cup in September but losing 2-1 at Carrow Road in the Championship in December.

Key players
Summer signing Ollie Watkins (pictured) has adapted well to life in the Championship since making the move from Exeter City.

Watkins, 22, scored 16 goals for Exeter last season in League Two and has shown no signs of slowing down despite the move up two divisions.

He already has eight goals to his name this season and he’ll be Brentford’s main goal threat on Saturday. However, Neal Maupay and Lasse Vibe – who struck twice at Carrow Road in December – both have seven goals to their name.

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

In defence, captain John Egan has been a stand-out for the Bees. The Irishman has made his breakthrough for the national team this season and he has a growing reputation in the Championship.

Form guide
The Bees sit ninth in the Championship after an impressive run which has seen them win five of their last six Championship matches, pushing them to just three points off the play-off positions.

That run was kicked off by their 2-1 win at Carrow Road in December, and includes victories over Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday. Their only defeat in the league during their current run came away at Wolverhampton Wanderers, a 3-0 loss at Molineux.

However, Brentford were surprisingly knocked out of the Emirates FA Cup in the third round earlier this month, losing 1-0 at home to League One high-flyers Notts County at Griffin Park.

That was a rare home defeat for the Bees, who have lost only once in the Championship at Griffin Park this season – a 4-3 loss to Nottingham Forest in their first home game of the season. They were also beaten 3-1 by the Canaries in the third round of the Carabao Cup.

Last meeting at Griffin Park
The two sides met back in September in the third round of the Carabao Cup with City heading into the match unbeaten in three games.

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, latching on to a terrific Tom Trybull through-ball, 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, Emiliano Marcondes

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


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