Brentford are making their final season at Griffin Park a memorable one, and look nailed on for a Play-Off place with nine matches to go. They had, though, endured a blip in form prior to lockdown as they went on a five game winless run, but they got out of that funk in style in their most recent match, dispatching Sheffield Wednesday 5-0. The Bees have not been shy in documenting their friendly matches in the build-up to the restart, beating Arsenal 3-2 before losing by two-goal margins to Watford and Luton Town.
The Whites have been boosted by the presence of several familiar faces back in training in recent weeks, with Alfie Mawson, Maxime Le Marchand, Joe Bryan and Josh Onomah all spotted at Motspur Park.
During lockdown it would seem that Brentford have managed to get their entire playing staff back into contention, with head coach Thomas Frank declaring that he now has “a fully fit squad.” Pontus Jansson and Mathias Jensen were major concerns going into the originally scheduled game at Craven Cottage, but the duo have come through recent friendly matches unscathed. Sergi Canos was a long-term absentee, but the Bees have been boosted by his return to training last week.
Scott Parker confirmed that he will have full use of his squad, even after June 30th: “It’s very important to have kept hold of the loan players. They’re not an issue and will all stay here for the remaining part of the season. Regarding the players out of contract, there has only been an issue with one young player, who we have not come to a conclusion with. Everyone else is here for the remaining nine games and it’s all hands to the pump. Contracts-wise it’s pleasing to know we are in a situation we can use everyone. It’s nine games in 30-odd days and we are going to need the depth of the squad to get through this run.”
Season Ticket Holders who selected the live stream option will be able to watch the match on FFCtv. All other FFCtv subscribers will have access to live commentary from Gentleman Jim and Jamie Reid. The game will also be shown live on Sky Sports.
Players and staff will take part in a period of applause prior to kick-off, to show appreciation for the job done by the NHS and key workers during lockdown.
Digital programmes for Saturday's game can be downloaded here.
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“Our aim is to get promoted. We are in a good position in the league. We don't take anything for granted but we trust ourselves and believe in ourselves.” – Brentford head coach Thomas Frank
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