Our prediction for this Championship match:
Buoyed by a thrilling 5-1 win over Nottingham Forest, Swansea City will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they take on Brentford at their Liberty Stadium. The Swans are eyeing their fifth consecutive win in all competitions, but the game against the fellow promotion-chasing side will be anything but a walk in the park for the home team. Both Lowe and Ayew should be recalled to the starting XI, after the duo was rested in the FA Cup triumph.
The Bees, on the other hand, are undefeated in four of the previous five meetings with Swansea. Brentford aim to bounce back from the FA Cup loss to Leicester City, but given the Swans’ current form, we predict that the visitors will return to London empty-handed. In their last meeting at Liberty Stadium Swansea defeated Brentford thanks to Andre Ayew’s goal.
Highlighted Player (Korey Smith):
After spending his youth career at Norwich City, Korey Smith made his first-team debut for the Canaries in January 2008 in the FA Cup clash against Charlton Athletic. Smith played 67 league games for Norwich City and he scored 4 goals for the club, but in 2013 he signed a two-year deal with Oldham Athletic.
The midfielder who was born on 31 January, 1991, scored one goal in 42 appearances for the club in the 2013/2014 campaign and on 27 June, 2014, he joined Bristol City for an undisclosed fee. It has to be noted that he won Johnstone’s Paint Trophy with the Robins in his first season with the team.
Korey Smith was born in Hatfield, England and he has two younger sisters, Alice and Harriet. Smith is a defensive midfielder, but he is capable of operating as central midfielder and right back as well. The Bristol City footballer also represented the likes of Barnsley and Yeovil Town (on loan) in the past.
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.