Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk delivers his verdict on in-form Brentford and the Championship promotion race

Owls boss Garry Monk has tipped in-form Brentford to maintain their promotion challenge.

Thursday, 5th December 2019, 5:00 pm
Updated Thursday, 5th December 2019, 5:32 pm

The Bees have garnered 18 points from the last 24 on offer to move up to seventh in the Championship.

Should Brentford defeat Wednesday at Hillsborough on Saturday, Thomas Frank's men could move into the play-off positions.

The West London outfit head to South Yorkshire in high spirits, having thumped Luton Town 7-0 last time out.

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Asked if he expects the Bees to be "there or thereabouts" in the promotion race, Monk told The Star: "I think so.

"Looking at the tweak they have made to their plan this season with the investment they have made, it is clear their ambition is for promotion this year.

"But as I have said many times, there are 10, 12 or 15 clubs that all think the same.

"You see week in, week out how tight it can be.

Brentford's Ollie Watkins (left) and Swansea City's Connor Roberts battle for the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea. Photo credit should read: Steven Paston/PA Wire.

"A couple of wins can move you up to a really healthy position, a couple of losses puts you down a bit.

"I think that will probably be all the way up to February and March until it is really, really clear, especially with the play-off positions which are probably the most open."

One player the Owls will have to keep close tabs on is Brentford forward Ollie Watkins, who has notched 12 goals this season.

Monk, who has yet to taste a home league defeat, said: "We know their strengths with [Ollie] Watkins but they can score from all different types of positions.

"It is not only the attacking players. It is their build up from the back. They have got good, technical players throughout their team.

"It will be a tough game but we know we are capable of beating anyone in this league if we do the details right like he did on Saturday.

"They [Brentford] are coming off a really big win but we are coming off the back of a good win. We are at home and we have done well so far at home and we want to continue that.”