Brentford have made brief flirtations with the Championship play-off places this season although overall they were never really in the picture as regards potential promotion to the top-flight. Instead a mid-table finish to the campaign looks to be the best on offer for Dean Smith’s side and they can move further towards that aim by collecting all three points at Griffin Park on Saturday afternoon.
Visitors Bristol City are in a much more precarious position with just a single point separating them from the relegation zone as things stand. Lee Johnson’s side have endured a thoroughly miserable season so far and should they fail to win this weekend, they could move into the bottom three.
That said, they helped their cause no end on Friday evening with an excellent 4-0 thrashing of promotion hopefuls Huddersfield Town and this came on the back of a 1-0 victory over Wigan Athletic the previous weekend. Can the Robins make it three on the bounce in west London on Saturday afternoon?
It’s possible but we don’t feel that it’s very likely. The bigger picture would suggest that City’s back-to-back wins were a blip in an otherwise unremarkable campaign and that normality will return at Griffin Park this weekend. Don’t get us wrong, their victories over the Latics and the Terriers were impressive and they could prove influential in keeping Johnson’s side in the second tier, however Brentford will have been boosted by their 5-3 win at Burton Albion last weekend and we feel that the hosts will prove too strong for struggling Bristol City.