Brentford hosts Wolverhampton Wanderers in round 23 of the English Premier League. The match will be played on Saturday, January 22nd at Brentford Community Stadium (London)
Thomas Frank’s team is ranked 14th in the Premier League standings with 23 points. Brentford gained six victories and five draws and suffered 11 losses. The Bees showed a quite good start to the new year. They coped with Aston Villa (2-1) and hammered Port Vale in the FA Cup (4-1). But then Frank’s players couldn’t earn points in three matches in a row. Brentford lost to Southampton (4-1) and Liverpool (3-0) with big scores, and on January 19 it was weaker than Manchester United on the home pitch (1-3). In the match against the Red Devils, the Bees showed a good game in the first half. Only bad luck and reliability of goalkeeper David De Gea prevented the home team from opening the scoring. However, Frank’s team did not have enough strength for the 2nd half, and this predetermined their defeat. Ivan Toney’s goal did not affect the course of the match.
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Bruno Lage’s team takes 8th place in the standings with 31 points. Wolverhampton has nine victories, four draws, and seven defeats after 20 matches. The last defeat in the Premier League was recorded over a month ago in the away match against Manchester City (1-0). After that, the Wolves played five matches in the Premier League and the FA Cup. They gained four victories and one draw against Chelsea (0-0). On January 15, Wolverhampton scored three points in a home confrontation against Southampton (3-1). The Wanderers perfectly used a few dangerous chances. Namely, they squeezed out three goals of five shots on target. The opponent’s goalkeeper was upset by Raul Jimenez, Conor Coady, and Adama Traore.
These opponents have already sorted out their relationship in the current championship. Wolverhampton hosted Brentford on September 18, 2021, in the match of the 5th round. The match at Molineux Stadium ended with a 2-0 victory for the visitors. Ivan Toney and Brian Mbemo scored for Brentford. The Bees were one man down from the 64th minute, but this did not affect the outcome of the game. As for the upcoming match, Wolverhampton has a little more chance of success. The Wolves are in good shape and are among the top six Premier League teams in terms of points scored on foreign pitches. In ten away matches, they suffered only three defeats. The main weapon of the Wanderers is a strong defense. In terms of goals conceded (15 in 20 rounds), Wolverhampton is second only to Manchester City. It will be difficult for Frank’s team to convert their chances in the opponents’ penalty area.