Brentford will play host to Hull City at Griffin Park on Saturday with the two sides prepared to face off at 3pm. Currently separated by goals scored at this early stage of 2019/2020, with Hull in thirteenth and Brentford just one spot below, there’s little between the pair. However, Hull will be seeking redemption after being pummeled 5-1 by their upcoming opponents in February last season.
Brentford’s Championship campaign began at home to Birmingham City in a game which saw them defeated by a solitary goal in the first half. Kristan Pedersen was the man who hit the net only eighteen minutes in, leaving home supporters disappointed after what should have been an exciting afternoon. Next up was a visit to the Riverdale Stadium, and in that encounter Ollie Watkins made sure that Brentford wouldn’t come away from this matchup empty handed. Early in the second half, Sergi Canos provided an assist for his teammate and that goal was all they needed to take home maximum points and their first win of the season.
Despite suffering a 2-1 loss at Swansea in early August, Hull have actually been enjoyable to watch so far. They had plenty of opportunities to score more in the opening affair in which Kamil Grosicki got the opener three minutes in, outdone by Borja Baston and Mike van der Hoorn during the second half. Two strikes in the first forty-five minutes versus Reading proved to be enough to overcome their opposition, with Jarrod Bowen and Jackson Irvine the heroes that day. New Reading signing George Puscas was kept at bay, and whilst they couldn’t prevent a consolation from Lucas Joao, overall it was a solid display.
Ethan Pinnock and Said Benrahma are not expected to play any part during this match due to their respective injuries, however the rest of the squad should be fit. Pinnock was probably the best player for Brentford until his unfortunate ankle issue, so he will definitely be missed if he has to sit this one out. Watkins is on the hunt for more goals after netting the crucial winner versus Middlesbrough, while teammates Rico Henry and Emiliano Marcondes will be determined to put in better performances.
Angus MacDonald is likely to watch from the sidelines or at home for this one due to a calf injury. Former Liverpool midfielder Kevin Stewart – who was involved in the deal which saw defender Andy Robertson go the other way – is looking for more from himself as the season wears on after an average beginning to 2019/2020. With one goal and a single assist, Irvine will ready to get amongst the goalmouth action here in his bid to propel Hull towards the top half of the table. Grosicki is another who’s been good so far with a couple of important pieces of play, notably his strike on the opening day which nestled neatly in the bottom corner.
Although they have both been beaten this season, we don’t expect a poor game from this one. Both sides have real quality in attacking areas and can cause all sorts of problems for opposition, as has been demonstrated already. Grosicki’s wonderful goal in the loss to Swansea City is a perfect example of a well-worked team goal from Hull, and if they play like that here the goals will flow. That’s why we’re looking to Hull to win and BTTS @ 8.00 as our opening tip for this clash. Brentford also possess some brilliant individuals such as Watkins , however with just one goal scored we can’t see them out-scoring this Hull side. Our second tip comes in @ 15.00 for Hull to win 1-2, just as they did versus Reading. Considering their two results thus far have been that exact score-line, this bet doesn’t seem too far fetched at all.