Our prediction for this Championship match:
Stoke City did not kick off the new Championship campaign in style, with the team suffering a 3-1 loss to Leeds United at Elland Road at the weekend. The Potters aim to make amends for the defeat and we predict that they will go all guns blazing at Brentford when the two teams face each other at Bet365 Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Xherdan Shaqiri is no longer part of the team, but coach Gary Rowett has a number of top-class players to choose from, who are definitely capable of beating the Bees in front of home fans. Brentford rolled over newcomers Rotherham United at home (5-1) in their opener, but Stoke City are likely to pose a much bigger threat for the visitors than the Milers. The Potters are a real force to be reckoned with at home and, taking everything into account, home win should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Joe Allen):
Joe Allen is another high-quality footballer from the new generation of Wales internationals, who was part of the team that took Swansea from League One to the Premier League, and he had no problems adapting to arguably the strongest league championship in Europe.
Allen operated as a deep-lying playmaker as the Swans impressed upon reaching the elite division, with his excellent passing skills persuading Liverpool to splash £15 million on his services. The central midfielder didn’t exactly manage to develop into an indispensable member of the side at Anfield, but he is considered an important squad player and has always performed well when called upon.
Meanwhile, he has been one of the pillars of the most successful team in the Wales history together with Gareth Bale, Ashley Williams and Aaron Ramsey, while even representing Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Allen started five games for the Dragons as they secured the first ever appearance at the European Championship finals.
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 their history of crowd violence. The colour of Brentford’s shirts is red and white and they wear black shorts.