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MATCH PREVIEW: BRENTFORD (H)

14 January 2020

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All the info you need ahead of Brentford visit

- Town vs Brentford preview
- Lowdown on Thomas Frank’s Bees
- Tickets still available for the game

Huddersfield Town welcome an in-form Brentford side to the John Smith’s Stadium in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday 18 January 2020; 3pm kick-off.

The Terriers will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2-1 Yorkshire derby defeat to Barnsley on Saturday.

New signings Emile Smith Rowe and Richard Stearman will be in contention to make their debuts for the Club having missed the game at Oakwell on Saturday, after only completing their moves on Friday afternoon.

Danny Cowley’s side were victorious in the return fixture earlier in the season, picking up all three points at Griffin Park courtesy of Karlan Grant’s second half strike.

The game will see Town return to the John Smith’s Stadium for the first time since New Year’s Day, in search of the Club’s first win of 2020.

THE OPPOSITION

The Bees have been one of the league’s hottest sides in recent weeks, sitting third in the Sky Bet Championship form table over the last five games, having registered 10 points from their last five league matches.

Within that run, the goals have been free flowing with impressive victories over Swansea City and Bristol City before beating local rivals Queens Park Rangers 3-1 last time out.

The London club’s front three of Saïd Benrahma, Bryan Mbeumo and Ollie Watkins all got on the scoresheet in that game and have continued to form a formidable partnership in the front line.

Their recent form has also seen them occupy third place in the Sky Bet Championship table, just six points from the automatic promotion places.

Since that game, Bees’ Head Coach Thomas Frank has signed a new deal, tying him to the Club until at least 2023.

It comes off the back of an impressive first 15 months in charge, having originally been Assistant Head Coach of the Club under Dean Smith, before being promoted to Head Coach in October 2018.

ONES TO WATCH

JOSH DASILVA

The midfielder came through the youth ranks at Arsenal before moving across London to Griffin Park in August 2018. He made his debut three months later in a Sky Bet Championship win over Millwall and went on to make 21 appearances in his first season with the Bees, scoring his first goal in the return fixture against Millwall. Dasilva has become a regular in Thomas Frank’s line-up so far in 2019/20, featuring in 24 games with six goals and three assists to his name.

SAÏD BENRAHMA

Benrahma has been one of the Bees’ key men so far in 2019/20, having joined from French Club Nice in 2018. The Algerian has often lined up on the left of a prolific front three alongside Bryan Mbeumo and Ollie Watkins and is known for his creativity as well as his goalscoring ability. His tally currently stands at five goals and six assists so far this season.

OLLIE WATKINS

Watkins has flourished at Griffin Park since his step up to the Sky Bet Championship from Exeter City. At the Bees, he’s been converted from his traditional attacking midfield/winger role to a ‘number 9’ as the Club’s main attacking threat, particularly under Thomas Frank. That move has paid off as Watkins is currently the Club’s top scorer in 2019/20, and the joint-highest scorer in the Sky Bet Championship with 18 in total, alongside Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrović.

TEAM NEWS – TOWN

Manager Danny Cowley will give an update on Huddersfield Town’s latest team news during his press conference on Thursday 16 January 2020.

Tommy Elphick (knee), Alex Pritchard (knee), and Collin Quaner (hip) were all unavailable for the Barnsley game.

Jonathan Hogg will be unavailable as he serves the second and final game of his two-match yellow card suspension.

New signings Emile Smith Rowe and Richard Stearman are will be in contention to make their Huddersfield Town debuts in the game.

TEAM NEWS – BRENTFORD

Midfielder Sergi Canos missed the weekend’s win over Queens Park Rangers whilst forward Nikos Karelis remains sidelined with a long-term injury.

TICKETS

There are still tickets available for the game at the John Smith’s Stadium – CLICK HERE to get yours!

KIT

Town will be back in the famous blue-and-white stripes for Saturday’s game – CLICK HERE to buy yours ahead of the match!

iFOLLOW HTAFC

Huddersfield Town fans that live outside the UK can watch the game live with an International Match Pass for £5.

Supporters who are in the UK will be able to listen to in-game commentary from the John Smith’s Stadium if they purchase an Audio Match Pass. The audio commentary is also available to those supporters who have monthly or season iFollow HTAFC passes.


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