Our prediction for this Championship match:
Aston Villa are eager to return to the Premier League, but they have been playing below expectations at the start of the new Championship campaign. The Villans have recorded no more than one win this season and coach Roberto Di Matteo certainly feels pressure ahead of the visit of Brentford. Aston Villa were on the verge of beating Nottingham Forest at the weekend, but Lansbury eventually scored a late equaliser for the Reds. Anyhow, the Villans showed character in a 2-2 draw with Forest and they are certainly capable of picking up all three points from Wednesday’s football clash against Brentford. The Bees are sitting in eighth place in the Championship standings ahead of the trip to Birmingham and they will be looking to build on an impressive 2-0 win over Brighton when they face the Villans on Wednesday evening. However, seeing that Roberto Di Matteo’s troops are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed.
Highlighted Player (Gabriel Agbonlahor):
Gabriel Agbonlahor was born in Birmingham on 13 October, 1986. The English footballer began his youth career in his home-town club Aston Villa and he has been playing for the Villa Park outfit ever since. Agbonlahor, though, played ten league games for the likes of Watford and Sheffield Wednesday in 2005 on loan. The pacey attacker, who is capable of playing as a winger as well, scored 16 goals for Aston Villa in the 2009/2010 Premier League campaign and he helped the team made it to the League Cup final the same season. In 2015 Gabriel Agbonlahor participated in the FA Cup final with Aston Villa, but Arsenal proved to be a big catch for the Villans. The Gunners crushed Aston Villa 4-0 in the title game. Agbonlahor has 16 caps for England U21 team and he played three matches for the senior team. He has yet to score for the England national team. It has to be noted that Gabriel’s father is Nigerian, while his mother is Scottish.
Highlighted Team (Brentford):
Based in London, Brentford compete in the Championship and they were founded in 1898. Griffin Park has been the home ground of the club since 1904 and the capacity of the venue is 12,300.
The Bees have yet to play in the Premier League and it has to be noted that they made it to the FA Cup sixth round on four occasions (1937/1938, 1945/1946,1948/1949, 1988/1989). Brentford played in the League Cup round 4 in the 1982/1983 and 2010/2011 season and that is the club’s biggest success in the competition.
Brentford’s main rivals are Fulham and Queens Park Rangers and they take on each other in the West London Derby. The rivalry with the Cottagers is probably the biggest and you should bear in mind that the clashes between the two teams have always been marred by crowd violence. The colour of Brentford’s shirts is red and white and they wear black shorts.