Behind Enemy Lines: Brentford

FOLLOWING Millwall’s 2-1 win over Hull on Tuesday night, the Lions now sit just six points of the play-offs.

If results go their way this weekend, they could cut that gap and also move up to ninth.

Steve Morison looks set to come back into the starting XI after being rested at the KCOM Stadium. Neil Harris has plenty of options, with only Byron Webster out of contention.

And there could be another senior player left out of the match-day squad if Aiden O’Brien returns.

Brentford beat Millwall 1-0 in the reverse fixture, in a controversial game when the referee blew for  a penalty as Lee Gregory was scoring. The Bees are just one point above Harris’ side in the league, making this an enticing fixture all round.

Lucas Ball spoke to Brentford fan DJ Jamie G this week.

Twitter: @DJJamie_G

Why do you support Brentford?

Being born in Ealing and raised by a family of Brentford fans I probably didn’t have a choice, but I wouldn’t change it for the world and have never regretted one second of it. Red and white is in the blood.

What’s been your favourite season following the Bees?

There have been a few, to be fair, but our first season in the championship, in 2014-15, has to be the best for me.

We were the surprise package and being underestimated by everybody. We just kept picking up points while playing some unbelievable attacking football, not forgetting to mention beating Fulham 4-1 in their own backyard. Good times.

Both sides are currently still in the play-off hunt – would you back your team to get there?

That’s a difficult question because I think we are just as likely to go five games without a win as we are to win five games on the spin.

Consistency in results has been a problem in our team which, until we can get right, I think will mean we will be just outside the play-offs/mid-table.

The last two seasons would back that up, finishing ninth and 10th, but it’s still possible and I would be delighted to make it.

Stranger things have happened.

Millwall are unbeaten in 10 games in the Championship and haven’t lost at The Den in more than four months. Will that fear factor be an issue for Dean Smith’s side?

I believe you have to respect everyone we play regardless of unbeaten runs and Millwall will be one of the toughest away games we’re going to have this season.

You are very hard to beat at home but runs do have to come to an end, so we need to go into this one without fear.

Who are Brentford’s danger men likely to be on Saturday?

The good thing about us at the moment is we have five or six players who can cause real problems for teams.

Ryan Woods can really pull the strings from just in front of our back four.

Romaine Sawyers – who scored the winner against Millwall earlier this season – on his day can pick players out in the box with top-class passing.

Winger Florian Jozefzoon has pace and drives into the box and Sergi Canos on the other side (if he plays) could upset your back four.

Ollie Watkins has scored 11 goals this season is always a handful too.

Which Millwall players will the Bees be keeping a watchful eye on?

George Saville being an ex-Bee could be a threat. Lee Gregory and Steve Morison will also need to be kept quiet if we are to have success at The Den.

What’s your predicted starting XI and formation?



Dalsgaard Bjelland Egan Barbet

Mokotjo Woods

Watkins Sawyers Jozefzoon


Finally, a score prediction?

Don’t like making score predictions as I’m normally completely wrong.

Let’s go for what I’d hope for: Millwall 1-2 Brentford

Graphic: @ShedCreative