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Match Preview – Brentford vs W Brom

Last Updated: 15/03/19 12:09pm

Brentford goalkeeper Daniel Bentley is still unavailable

Brentford goalkeeper Daniel Bentley is still unavailable

Brentford goalkeeper Daniel Bentley is still unavailable

Brentford will again be without goalkeeper Daniel Bentley for the visit of West Brom.

Bentley missed the midweek defeat by Sheffield United after suffering a shoulder injury at Middlesbrough on Saturday, so Luke Daniels will deputise again.

Full-back Rico Henry will miss out again with a foot injury. Midfielder Lewis Macleod is close to returning after a hamstring problem.

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West Brom caretaker boss Jimmy Shan expects to have defenders Craig Dawson and Mason Holgate available for the trip to Griffin Park. Both players were substituted during the second half of the midweek win over Swansea with unspecified fitness concerns, but have improved enough to be in contention again.

Winger Matt Phillips continues to be assessed on an ankle problem, while Tosin Adarabioyo is ruled out because of a hamstring injury. Defender Kieran Gibbs (hip) should step up his recovery over the international break ahead of a return to action.

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Highlights from the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Brentford.

Highlights from the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Brentford.

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Brentford haven’t hosted West Brom since August 1998 in a League Cup match – the Bees won 3-0.

West Bromwich Albion are unbeaten in five league games against Brentford (W3 D2 L0), though those five games are spread across 70 years (between 1948 and 2018).

Brentford are looking to win six consecutive home league matches for the first time since May 2014 (a run of seven).

West Brom won 3-2 away at QPR in February – they haven’t won consecutive away league matches in London since March 2007.

Said Benrahma has been involved in 16 goals in 12 Championship starts at Griffin Park for Brentford this season (7 goals, 9 assists), having a hand in at least one goal in 11 of those starts.

West Brom striker Dwight Gayle has scored three goals in two Championship starts against Brentford.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship clash between West Brom and Swansea.

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship clash between West Brom and Swansea.

Prutton’s prediction

Brentford’s defeat at Sheffield United in midweek means they may have just a little bit too much to do to reach the play-offs now, even with a game in hand on most of the sides above them.

West Brom won their first game without Darren Moore, but Swansea aren’t in great nick at the moment and this will be a tough trip for them. Home win for me.

David Prutton predicts: 2-1 (8/1 with Sky Bet)

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