Brentford missed a chance to make it two wins on the spin in the Premier League on Boxing Day as football resumed play in the aftermath of the 2022 World Cup when Thomas Frank’s Bees surrendered a two-goal lead against comeback kings Tottenham at Brentford Community Stadium.
Goals from German midfielder Vitaly Janelt and in-form English striker Ivan Toney set the club off and running to what could have been another credible scalp for Frank, but Antonio Conte’s penchant for a dramatic comeback rose to the surface once again, keeping Brentford to just one win in their last six league fixtures, though they have managed four draws in that same time frame and represent one of the more difficult opponents on the league fixture list at current.
There is no better time to face West Ham United, though, with the Hammers dropping five of their last six in league play while boasting the worst run of form in the Premier League. As Brentford currently sits mid-table in tenth, the mission for a very credible top-half finish in 2022-23 is still on.
Predicted Brentford XI
Brentford team news
- Kristoffer Ajer, Thomas Strakosha, Aaron Hickey, and Shandon Baptiste (out)
- Frank Onyeka (doubt)
Thomas Frank is expected to go with an unchanged matchday XI tomorrow against West Ham despite Brentford frustratingly having to accept a 2-2 draw on Boxing Day against Tottenham after jumping to a 2-0 lead over Antonio Conte’s Men.
There are no fresh fitness concerns for the Bees, however, with Nigerian international midfielder Frank Onyeka possibly available to make the match-day squad pending his upcoming assessment. Apart from the continued absence of Norwegian defender Kristoffer Ajer, Brentford should be capable of fielding their strongest possible team.