Brentford (H) – An opportunity to go 12 clear of 2nd

After all the excitement and drama of Ashton Gate which ended 2017 with a bang, we are now back at Molineux where we entertain a Brentford side who have won their last three. We will be without the suspended Danny Batth after his suspension was upheld by the FA after his red card in the clash with Bristol City which is a joke, to be honest. It wasn’t even a foul, but we’re not getting into that again. If the ‘Bees’ were to come away with three points from Molineux, it would leave them outside the playoffs only by three points, so they’re no mugs by any stretch of the imagination. Their last game away from Griffin Park saw them pick up a superb 2-1 win at Norwich where Lasse Vibe got both of the goals.

Three to watch…

Lasse Vibe – The ex-Goteborg man has hit an exquisite run of form at the best possible time as he’s scored six goals in his last five games and one of those games he only lasted sixteen minutes before being withdrawn with injury, so really it’s six in four. It is likely that Vibe will be spearheading the attack once more as he plays up front on his own with the help of the three in behind him.

Ollie Watkins – The much sought after Brentford striker has complemented Vibe brilliantly this season and has adapted to life in the Championship very well after his move from Exeter in the summer. He’s hit a bit of dry patch by his standards as he hasn’t scored since the 2nd of December but Wolves would be foolish to focus all of their defensive energy on Vibe.

Ryan Woods – Woods sits in the middle of the park and tends to be the one dictating play at Griffin Park should you choose to go and watch Brentford and it will come as no surprise that Woods has played every minute of their four-game unbeaten run. He’s only got on the scoresheet once so far this season and he will no doubt be wanting to improve on that tally as the season gets into its latter stages.

Last meeting

Brentford 0-0 Wolves

A drab encounter at Griffin Park saw both teams come away with a point apiece as Brentford shaded more of the ball, yet it could be argued that we looked the more likely of the two to take the lead. It was very much a game where the keepers took the plaudits as Ruddy in our goal and Bentley in Brentford’s performed very well and that’s about that as there’s not a great deal to talk about.

One more thing

I really want to say we’ll win comfortably, but I couldn’t be sure as we are still blowing hot and cold and you have to think that we might come crashing back down to earth after the highs of Bristol City, let’s hope not, though. All things considered, if I was a betting man and luckily I am, I’d be backing us to win to nil @ 5/2.

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