Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
All eyes will be on the Hawthorns when West Bromwich Albion and Brentford face each other in the Carabao Cup last 32. The Baggies made a slow start to the new Premier League campaign, and they do not seem to be competitive at this level. WBA experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 5-2 loss to Everton, and, no doubt, they are eager to get back on course. Despite being sent off at the weekend, defender Kieran Gibba is illegible to play against Brentford.
The Bees, on the other hand, continue life without key strike Ollie Watkins, with doubts remaining over the future of Said Benrahma. Brentford kicked off their EFL Cup campaign with a 2-0 win over Southampton, and seeing that they impressed in the Championship victory over Huddersfield (3-0), we predict that the visitors are going to hold the Baggies to a draw.
Highlighted Player (Kieran Gibbs):
Kieran Gibbs is a professional footballer who plays as a left-back for the English National team and Championship club West Bromwich Albion. Born in London on the 26th of September, 1989, Gibbs's football journey began at the Wimbledon Academy in 2001. Three years later, he joined Premier League giants Arsenal and regularly featured for their reserve team.
His performances earned him his first professional contract, which he signed in September 2007. Gibbs then made his professional debut for the Gunners a month later, in a 3-0 away win over Sheffield in the League Cup. Barring his six-month loan stint at Norwich in 2008, the Left-back spent most of his decade long career at Arsenal playing for the club, making over 200 appearances in all competitions.
At the start of the 17/18 season, Gibbs left Arsenal to join West Brom on a four-year deal worth 6.5 million pounds and has since made 79 appearances for the club. His career honors include winning the 13/14 and 14/15 editions of the FA cup and 2014 and 2015 Community Shield. The 30-year-old additionally has capped ten times for England, making his debut in a friendly against Hungary on the 11th of August, 2010.
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.