Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
All eyes will be on St. Mary’s Stadium when Southampton and Brentford face each other in the EFL Cup round 3. The Saints failed to impress in their Premier League opener, with the team losing 1-0 at Crystal Palace. Southampton aim to give fans something to cheer about, and we are positive that the hosts will take Wednesday’s Carabao Cup clash very seriously. The likes of Stuart Armstrong and Mohammed Salisu are the only absentees in the home team.
The Bees, on the other hand, continue life without key attacker Olie Watkins, who joined Aston Villa in the summer transfer window. Since Mohamed Benrahma is on the verge of leaving the squad as well, it is no wonder Brentford kicked off the new Championship campaign with a loss at Birmingham City. Anyhow, the Saints should take advantage of the current atmosphere in the away team’s dressing room.
Highlighted Player (Shane Long):
Shane Long is an Irish international striker who has so far made over 60 appearances for the Republic of Ireland national team, scoring more than 15 goals in the process. The forward began his professional career at Cork City, but only made one league appearance for the club ahead of the switch to Reading, where he would go on to spend next seven years.
During that time, Long established himself as one of the best Irish strikers plying their trade in England, and also went on to represent West Bromwich Albion, Hull City and Southampton.
Despite not exactly boasting an enviable goalscoring record for a centre forward, Long was always held in high regard by both managers and his peers, with his incredible work rate and never-say-die attitude winning him plenty of admirers. Long will also go down as one of the most prolific scorers in the history of the Republic of Ireland national team, which he represented at the Euro 2012 and Euro 2016 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.