Brentford were amongst the more entertaining sides in last season’s Championship and whilst they ultimately fell short of the play-off places by a considerable margin, they nevertheless finished some thirteen points ahead of this weekend’s opponents Nottingham Forest, the Tricky Trees enduring a miserable campaign which saw them cling onto their Championship status on goal difference alone.
In all honesty Nottingham Forest don’t head into 2017/18 in much better shape than they did at the start of the last campaign, at least in terms of squad. They have added Barrie McKay and Daryl Murphy to the line-up but they bizarrely made the decision to dispense with the services of Britt Assombalonga without reinvesting the money from his sale back into the squad.
Nevertheless that aside, they did open their season in creditable enough fashion with a 1-0 win over Championship new-boys Millwall last weekend with Barrie McKay impressing in his first competitive match for Forest following his move from Ibrox. They followed this win with a 2-1 League Cup victory over Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday evening and the visitors will be confident of making it three on the bounce when they travel to Griffin Park.
For their part, Brentford lost to newly-promoted Sheffield United in their opening game and whilst they managed a midweek win over AFC Wimbledon in the League Cup, it needed extra-time to secure the victory over their lower-league opponents on that occasion.
Nevertheless the last six meetings between these sides have see Brentford win all-but-one and four of these matches saw both teams find the back of the net. Brentford games averaged around three goals last season while Notts Forest matches weren’t too far behind at an average of 2.9. For these very reasons we’ll be backing a high-scoring affair at Griffin Park this weekend with a draw and over 2.5 goals looking excellent value at 9/2 with Coral.