For Brentford boss Mark Warburton, their showdown with Sheffield Wednesday is a dangerous assignment but a test that gives them an opportunity to make a real statement.
Three points for the Bees tonight could see them move into the Championship play-off zone but Warburton, who guided them to promotion last season, is under no illusions at the size of the task facing his team.
He said: “Sheffield Wednesday have made a very good start. They have a good manager.
“They are hard to beat. We’re well aware of the threat they’ll pose.
“But we’re at home in front of a packed Griffin Park. We’ll look to impose ourselves as we have done this season.”
Warburton will have to make one enforced change to his defence. James Tarkowski is ruled out due to suspension, having collected his fifth caution of the season in their goalless draw at Wigan Athletic last weekend. The Bees boss has backed Harlee Dean, who who has not featured since a 4-0 defeat at Middlesbrough in mid-September, to fill the void left by 21-year-old’s absence.
“Harlee Dean is an outstanding pro who has worked very hard in training every day,” he said. “If he wasn’t disappointed at being dropped there would be a problem. But I have no doubts about the quality Harlee will show.”
Tenth-placed Brentford have lost three out of their last six league matches but are just two points shy of the top-six.