PREVIEW: Brentford -v- Wednesday

PREVIEW: Brentford -v- Wednesday

It’s been a stuttering start to the season for Wednesday, can they erase the Leeds embarrassment in West London? 

The Owls have lost two on the bounce for the first time in ages.

Can they avoid making it three against Brentford?

Last game Opposition Result Shots On target Corners Cards Fouls Possession
WEDNESDAY Leeds (H) L 2-0 16 5 6 1 7 65%
BRENTFORD Rotherham (A) L 1-0 18 4 11 1 6 67%

Wednesday found out that possession is meaningless if you do nothing with it, despite having much more of the ball than their opposition Leeds looked far more dangerous than the Owls, a performance for the players and the head coach to forget.

Wood celebrates - Image: Daily Mirror

Wood celebrates – Image: Daily Mirror

Brentford lacked sting upfront as the porous Rotherham defence held out, ex-Wednesday defender Dean Smith who is now the manager of the Bees bemoaned that his team had more of the ball but lacked a clear cut edge to their attacking play.

Last five games Leeds(h) Burton(a) Norwich(a) Cambridge(a) Aston Villa(h)
WEDNESDAY L 2-0 L 3-1 D 0-0 L 2-1 W 1-0
Last five games Rotherham(a) Forest(h) Ipswich(h) Exeter(a) Huddersfield(a)
BRENTFORD L 1-0 W 1-0 W 2-0 L 1-0 L 2-1

Wednesday have started slowly in the league this year and have struggled to find the net to date in the league, a penalty and an opposition howler the cause of their two goals despite what looks like a talented front line, the midfield have struggled to put their stamp on games so far, a problem that needs to be rectified.

Brentford have been inconsistent so far but have won both their home outings, defender John Egan has been their top scorer so far but maybe the uniquely named Jan 213932 will make an appearance.

HEAD 2 HEAD WEDNESDAY WINS BRENTFORD WINS DRAWS
13 9 12

LAST MEETING

13th February 2016,Hillsborough,Att – 20,921

Wednesday 4-0 Brentford

(F.Forestieri, G.Hooper, K.Lee, L.Joao)

The Owls took full advantage of Barbet’s early sending off in the last encounter notching an emphatic win over the Bees to complete a league double.

Wednesday nicked the last meeting at Griffin Park when Lucas Joao superbly finished in the last throes of a game where Wednesday had been second best.

Older Brentford memories

Older Brentford memories

Perhaps the Owls fondest memories of Griffin Park came in April 2012 as the Owls somehow came away with victory courtesy of Treacy and Llera to put them in second spot in League One ahead of our friends from S2 whose choke job later that afternoon against Stevenage gave the Owls a grip on promotion they wouldn’t relinquish.

 

CARVALHAL’S COHORTS

Glenn Loovens played for the u21s but this game will be too soon for him whilst Marcos Matias and Jose Semedo are still out of action.

The seemingly annual Jordan Rhodes and Ben Marshall talk has resurfaced whilst the Owls are rumoured to be in for another winger, Pedro Santos from Braga in Portugal is the man linked.

A possible departure is Caolan Lavery who is in talks with our friends from S2.

WESTWOOD

HUNT

HUNT

HUTCHINSON

HUTCHINSON

LEES

LEES

PUDIL

PUDIL

WALLACE

WALLACE

ABDI

ABDI

LEE

LEE

BANNAN

BANNAN

FORESTIERI

FORESTIERI

FLETCHER

FLETCHER

 

 

 

KEY PLAYERS

Almen Abdi is someone we haven’t seen the best of as of yet. Perhaps that’s due to Carvalhal’s faith in Bannan and Lee forcing the talented Swiss midfielder out wide but with neither of the aforementioned two hitting the heights of last season yet, you get the feeling Abdi’s chance in the middle will come, it’s up to him to take it.

Ryan Woods is another Brentford player who’s been a regular in the Bees side after signing from a lower level. The former Shrewsbury man does prefer to play in the centre of midfield but is versatile enough to play in defence if need be.

 

THE BETTING BOX: 5 OF THE BEST

BET Wednesday WIN Brentford WIN DRAW Abdi 1st Goal BTTS No
BEST ODDS 17/10 2/1 40/17 14/1 10/9
BOOKIES Bookies Badge Hills Bookies Badge Bet365 Marathon Bet logo Bookies Badge Bet365 Marathon Bet logo

 

HERE COMES D-JUDGE

It’s been a stuttering start but it’s not time to sack Carlos yet (seriously it has been suggested) nor is it time to disassemble the squad but it is time to come up with a bit more of a plan B.

Burton and Leeds had a plan that was simple and effective, let us have the possession but muscle us out of the game, with a lack of an enforcer in midfield and judging by Carlos’ tone, he’s in no rush to get one it’s easy to bully our midfield out of possession so either Lee, Bannan et al need to get tougher or we need to play smarter to feed our forwards.

Sloppy defending hasn’t helped our cause at times either but it’s little tweaks not massive things that we need to change.

Brentford will be tough as always and the Owls should be looking at getting back to the things we did well last season and be more ruthless in the final third.

VERDICT: Goalless draw

Danny
Owls Alive
E-MAIL: owlsalive@gmail.com
Twitter: @OwlsAlive and @MoseleyOwl

 


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