After narrow defeat last weekend against a high-flying Charlton side, Brentford are presented with a match that may require them to slog away again, given that they are playing host to another promotion-hopeful: Derby County.
The Addicks were required to defend stoutly against Lee Bowyer’s men. Considering Derby’s recent form, if they are to take anything away from the game, gutsy, gritty, and gruelling is what they’ll have to be.
Nevertheless, our Brentford vs Derby predictions and betting tips are wagering that Phillipe Cocu and his team will edge the clash at Griffin Park in what should be a thrilling affair.
Want to read up more on where these two intriguing sides might finish come May? Check out our 2019/20 Championship season preview.
But first things first…
Brentford vs Derby Predictions
The performance that Thomas Frank’s men put in against Charlton last weekend was unfortunate to not end in victory.
Indeed, for all their dominance of possession, and hammering of their opponent’s goal, the Addicks were heroic in the face of wave after wave of Brentford’s attacking force trying to slip through the back four.
Considering how sharp, cohesive, and creative the side appeared, Brentford will wonder how they managed to lose the game, despite exhausting their offensive options with barrages against the Charlton defence.
But if such a display that featured magnificent plays of football wasn’t enough to topple Charlton, they may have to face a similar predicament this Saturday against Derby.
The Rams also faced defeat in their latest encounter in the Championship. A 2-1 loss to Bristol City, though, does not tell the whole story.
Just as with Brentford’s tale, the likes of Jack Marriot and Martyn Waghorn were sublime with their touch, skill, and creativity. But again, a side that defended for large swathes of the game came away with the points.
In that sense, this weekend’s clash will be all the more intriguing; here are two sides that play free-flowing attacking football, who are not conservative in defending. Our Brentford vs Derby predictions expects a treat of a performance from both teams.
Nevertheless, given Cocu’s style of play, the Rams look to be better suited to steal the win from under Brentford’s nose.
The manner in which Frank’s men conceded proved that for all their attacking prowess, they could be done by a moment of slopiness in the back. What’s more, lack of communication, which was evident between Ben Purrington and Phillips in the previous game showcased a knack for giving away possession – the kind that Derby’s midfield will latch onto with ease.
A one-sided game isn’t in the forecast. But aside from Brentford’s attacking verve, they won’t be able to hide their defensive shortcomings against a side that look to be in the playoff runnings once again.
Brentford vs Derby Head To Head
The last time Brentford won in this fixture was three years ago. That particular encounter saw the Rams suffer a 4-0 larruping at the hands of Lasse Vibe and Jota.
But ever since that tumultuous game, Derby have been on the up. The last four clashes have seen Cocu’s men win three times, drawing on one occasion, which happened to be in the post-4-0-romping period.
Yes, the latest encounter between the two teams which took place earlier this year finished in a 3-3 draw. But given Derby’s recent form, there’s a better chance in our Brentford vs Derby predictions coming true than that scoreline repeating.
Brentford Team News
One positive for Frank’s men is the return of their summer signing Nikos Karelis.
The striker has been awaiting international clearance for some time now, but it looks like a timely ending to the saga could see him be involved in this weekend’s squad.
Likewise, Kamohelo Mokotjo could also be available after playing for Brentford B in the draw against West Ham’s under-23’s on Tuesday night.
Aside from these two positives, there are no injury concerns to report of, which will provide Bees fans with some hope. But alas, our Brentford vs Derby predictions don’t foresee them coming away with three points, even with all their attacking options.
Derby Team News
Meanwhile, the Rams have bigger fish to fry.
Jayden Bogle, Craig Forsyth, Andre Wisdom, and Ikechi Anya are all in serious doubt to start – music to the ears of Brentford fans.
But the return of Duane Holmes, which will surely feel like a new signing, should be the perfect dampener.
Expect the likes of Lee Buchanan and Morgan Whittaker, who started in the midweek Carabao Cup clash against Nottingham Forest, to make way from Marriott and Jason Knight.
Brentford vs Derby Betting Tips
The odds don’t look too good for the hosts, who are tipped as 49/50 outsiders in the race to claim all three points.
Meanwhile, our Brentford vs Derby predictions deals Cocu’s men with similarly short odds, though their form and talent make them the outright favourites.
Any chances of a draw playing out in our Brentford vs Derby County match bets are not the kind of odds most will punt on (51/20), so the wisest betting choice may be to place your money on Derby.