Brentford predicted the line-up against Brighton


Brentford travel south to face Brighton in the Premier League for the final part of Boxing Day football next Sunday.

A 2-0 defeat in the middle of the week in the quarterfinals of the Carabao Cup against Chelsea marked the club’s first match after a couple of postponements due to covid. But after finishing a 74-year wait to return to the top flight this summer, the 16-day break between Brentford’s latest Premier League matches is a small gap for Bees fans to stomach.

Here’s the line-up Thomas Frank can put in against the side that caused Brentford’s first Premier League defeat ever in September.

Brentford captain Pontus Jansson scored the first Premier League goal of his career in the club’s latest top tour / Sebastian Frej / MB Media / GettyImages

Alvaro Fernandez (GK) – David Rayas’ stand-in would have required his own replacement if Brentford’s match against Manchester United had gone as planned – an absence that would have made 18-year-old Matthew Cox the fourth youngest goalkeeper in Premier League history.

Ethan Pinnock (CB) – Brentford’s most prolific winner of air duels this season, ironically, had his heading ability (or lack thereof) pointed out as a particular weakness of the coach of his sixth team all those years ago.

Pontus Jansson (CB) – The Brentford skipper ended an 80-match wait for his first goal for the club against Watford and has the chance to score in consecutive league matches for the first time in his career in any team.

Mads Bech Sorensen (CB) – After getting his second start of the season in the middle of the week, one of the six-man Danish contingent in the game staff may well be ready for a third outing from off, given the amount of injuries suffered by midfielders Kristoffer Ajer, Mathias Jorgensen and Charlie Goode.

Vitaly Janelt is set to launch / Craig Mercer / MB Media / GettyImages

Sergi Canos (RWB) – The team’s main progressive outlet with the ball at his feet does not avoid the defensive tasks that Frank took time to convince him of when he first raised the topic of a position change.

Shandon Baptiste (CM) – Knee surgery allowed just ten minutes of Championship football in Brentford’s promotion success, but the Reading-born Granada international has grown in stature and confidence with each tour, which increasingly provides the impetus from midfield.

Christian Norgaard (CM) – After a rare rest from the match against Chelsea in the middle of the week, the commanding Dane is ready for a quick return to the line-up.

Vitaly Janelt (CM) – After proving to be able to stand in as part of the team’s back-three in the middle of a number of absent midfielders for Brentford’s latest Premier League outing, the 22-year-old may well be reinstated in his familiar midfield role.

Rico Henry (LWB) – Even the team’s players who earned the longest were not in the last Brentford failed to win a Boxing Day match in 2014 – the club’s one defeat on December 26 in their last 12 excursions the day after Christmas.

Late goal, win, best feeling ✨?

– Bryan Mbeumo (@ BMbeumo19) December 11, 2021

Bryan Mbeumo (ST) – While his ball posture could certainly be improved (no Brentford regular is more likely to mishandle or be expelled than the Frenchman) there is little room for improvement with Mbeumo’s work out of possession.

Ivan Toney (ST) – The goals may not flow in exactly the same stream since promotion, but Brentford’s best goal scorer (with four) is still an integrated attacking point that his side revolves around.

You can read 90mins preview of Brighton vs Brentford here. You can read Brighton’s predicted line-up here.

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