Get ready for the Brentford and Southampton teams to meet. While the first team has become one of the brightest discoveries of this EPL, the second team is at the bottom of the standings. What do you need to know before the starting whistle?
Brentford this season is very good, both in terms of quality of play and results. Thomas Frank has built a decent disciplined and coherent team, which can compete even for the European Cup zone. Right now the Bees are eighth in the table, higher than Chelsea and Liverpool. The team is separated from sixth place by only one point, and only six points to the fifth place.
But Southampton this season is the worst team in the championship, which is absolutely on the last place in the table and it seems that the new season will play in the Champion’s League. In 20 rounds of the AFL, the Saints have suffered 13 defeats. I think they will lose to the tough “bees” on the road.
For me in this match the hosts are the clear favorites and should take three points. The team is long unbeaten, and in the previous four rounds of the APL lost points only in an away game against Leeds (0-0). At the same time confidently beat West Ham and Bournemouth 2-0, as well as Liverpool 3-1. The victories over Bournemouth and Liverpool were both home victories. Southampton, on the other hand, had suffered seven defeats in their previous eight league games!
On the road in the current season the team lost 7 out of 10 league games, and also three of the last four such. Because of the cup tournaments the “Saints” have to play on three fronts at once, and that means we should not forget about the fatigue factor of the visiting players. True, they were eliminated from one of the cups, losing twice during the week to Newcastle. In their last encounter, Brentford thrashed the Saints 3-0 on home field. Since then the home side have been noticeably stronger, while the visitors have been in a big decline. In this match I expect only victory “bees”!