Sheffield Wednesday primed for Brentford test in their play-off push

Two of the Championship's play-off contenders will go toe-to-toe at Hillsborough on Saturday afternoon.

Thursday, 5th December 2019, 11:45 am
Updated Thursday, 5th December 2019, 12:50 pm

Sheffield Wednesday entertain the league's form team Brentford this weekend knowing three points would lift them above their West London opponents and possibly into the top-six if results go their way.

Garry Monk's side currently sit in ninth position, two places and one point adrift of the Bees.

But it promises to be a stern examination of the Owls' promotion credentials, with Brentford having won six of their last eight matches.

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The Bees head to S6 on the back of their biggest win in 25 years, having thrashed Luton Town 7-0 last weekend. Josh Dasilva (3), Bryan Mbeumo, Ollie Watkins, Mathias Jensen and Said Benrahma registered as they sealed back-to-back home wins for the first time this season.

Reflecting on the first hat-trick of Dasilva's career, Brentford head coach Thomas Frank said: “I’m happy for him as he has improved so much. We know he can score goals. We knew that when he arrived he had offensive qualities but he needed to get in to top fitness."

It is highly likely Frank will name an unchanged side. Exciting winger Sergi Canos is edging closer to full fitness after recovering from knee surgery but the trip to Hillsborough may come too soon for the Spaniard. Greek striker Nikos Karelis remains a long-term injury absentee.

Brentford have the joint second meanest defence in the Championship along with Nottingham Forest, having conceded a miserly 14 goals.

Brentford boss Thomas Frank. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

Their away record reads five wins and five defeats.