Johnson Predicts Even Encounter
Posted: Friday, April 15th 2016
Friday, April 15th 2016
Brentford v Bristol City
Sky Bet Championship
Saturday, April 16th (3pm)
Bristol City could secure their Championship status with win at Brentford, if results go their way.
All you need to know about tomorrow's opponents.
After finishing in the play-offs last season, Brentford have had a steady season and currently lie in 13th position. The Bees lost Andre Gray to Burnley in the summer transfer window but his goals were replaced by an in-form Alan Judge and Danish forward Lasse Vibe. Brentford lost four on the bounce from the end of February to the end of March but have ended their torrid run with three victories in a row, scoring three goals in each game.
Dean Smith - Former centre-back who made over 200 appearances for Leyton Orient during his 16-year career as a player. Smith began his playing days at Walsall and 15 years after leaving the Bescot Stadium, he returned as in the role Head of Youth. Two years later he was appointed first team manager of the Saddlers and last year led the club to their first ever Wembley visit where they lost 2-0 to City in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final. The 45-year-old got Walsall off to a flyer this season and had them well placed to challenge for promotion to the Sky Bet Championship. This caught the attention of Brentford who made him their head coach in November.
Lasse Vibe - Danish forward who signed for the Bees at the start of the season. The 29-year-old began his career AGF before spells with FC Fyn and FC Vestsjælland. A move to SønderjyskE followed and after scoring 19 goals in 47 appearances for the Danish club, he earned a move to IFK Göteborg. The Denmark international, who has 10 caps for his country, notched 31 times in 56 games for IFK which secured him a transfer to Brentford for around £1m. Vibe is the Bees second top goalscorer with 12 goals.
Darren Handley will be the man in the middle. Stuart Butler and Gavin Muge will be his assistants. Nicholas Kinseley is the fourth official.
The match is all-ticket for away supporters.
LAST TIME OUT
Bristol City 2-4 Brentford - Luke Freeman was sent off as City suffered defeat in their first home match back in the Sky Bet Championship. The hosts got off to a great start as Jonathan Kodjia netted in the second minute but Alan Judge equalised after a Ben Hamer mistake. City were back in front when skipper Aaron Wilbraham headed in Marlon Pack’s corner, before Freeman saw red for a high foot. A Derrick Williams own goal restored parity just before the break and Andre Gray turned proceedings on their head on the hour mark. Philipp Hofmann sealed all three points for the Bees from inside the area in the 71st minute.
FA Cup: Third round (lost to Brighton)
Capital One Cup: Second round (lost to Fulham)
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