Brentford vs Cardiff by Luke
After two consecutive victories, over Burton and Bristol City, players of Brentford suffered narrow defeat last time out away to Leeds with a 1:0 result. However, it must be said that they were actually a side who did more in front of opponents goal and that they had a bit better chances, despite staying with less of ball possession.
However, luck was on the side of a home team this time, since they luckily scored the winning goal in 89th minute via Bartley, leaving no time for the visitors to make a proper response. This defeat was a big setback to Brentord's hopes of reaching the play-off positions as the team now stands only at fourteenth position with twenty-eight points earned, which is nine less than seventh placed Sheffield Wednesday and eight more than relegating placed Blackburn, meaning that the side is in a must win situation.
Home team will be playing in 3-4-1-2 formation with Hogan and Vibe as forwards, plus Sawyers as central offensive midfielder. Offensive midfielder Alan Judge is continuing to be long term absentee without performance so far in the season. Offensive midfielder Lewis MacLeod (13/0) is injured, as well as left back Callum Elder (6/0) and defensive midfielder Alan McCormach (3/0) who has some chances to reach full fitness till the kick off.
Cardiff, on the other side, also comes from a match where they lost it in last minutes, since the team welcomed Barnsley and stood defeated with a 3:4 result in probably the most interesting match of the weekend. They actually had more of the ball possession and more chances created, even taking the lead in third minute already via Morrison, but the things changed soon enough.
Visitors were deadly serious with their chances and had great day in front of opponents goal, quickly reverting the result in their favor in the first halftime via Winnall (19th and 32nd minute) and Scowen in 43rd minute. Second halftime was mostly spent in domination of Cardiff, as they managed to level up the result late via Whittingham in 79th and Pilkington in 89th minute, but stood defeated with an unlucky goal in fifth minute of additional time via Williams. The team is now at 20th position, having just three points more than relegating placed Blackburn.
Visitors will be playing in 4-4-2 formation with Zohore and Lambert as strikers. Central defender Sol Bamba (9/1) is suspended for this one, while forward Anthony Pilkington (18/5) is doubtful, same as left full back Jazz Richards (8/0).
- Brentford have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 5 matches against Cardiff.
Brentford lost the match a bit undeservedly last weekend and the team is now looking to make a respond against a modest opponent. Cardiff were also beaten with a late goal, but their performances away from home are nowhere reliable having just two victories on the road. Brentford is playing a bit hot & cold, but should be able to get the victory here.