Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
Colchester United and Brentford square off against each other at Colchester Community Stadium in the EFL Cup last 64. The U’s aim to make amends for a 3-1 loss to Leyton Orient, and they are likely to fight tooth and nail against the Bees. Tommy Smith continues to miss out with a foot injury, while midfielder Emyr Huws has yet to recover from an ankle injury.
The capital club, on the other hand, aim to bounce back from a 3-2 loss to Fulham where their display was anything but poor. Key attacker Ivan Toney should be given a rest against Colchester, while all Frank Onyeka, Mads Sorensen, and Halil Dervisoglu are pushing for sports in the starting XI. All Ajer, Canos, and Pinnock are out of contention through injuries, while there are no suspended players in the away side. Anyhow, away win should be considered as Brentford are eager to bounce back from the London derby defeat.
Highlighted Player (Frank Nouble):
Born in Lewisham, London on September 24, 1991, Frank Nouble is a product of the Chelsea football academy. Despite spending his youth career at the capital club, he did not see any game action with the Blues at senior level. Frank Nouble started his senior career at West Ham United, but he made no more than 13 league appearances for the Hammers.
Nowadays, he plays for Colchester United in the League Two. Frank Nouble, who has eight caps with the England U19 team, made his debut with the U’s on August 4, 2018, in a goalless draw with Notts County. He scored his first goal with Colchester United on September 15, 2018, in a 3-0 victory over Cambridge United.
Nouble’s primary position is centre-forward, but he is used as both left and right winger as well. The 190-cm-tall footballer wears the number 45 jersey at Colchester United, and his preferred foot is right.
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.