Aston Villa vs Brentford – Pre-game Assessment

While our Villans should feel confident about facing the newly promoted Brentford at home on Saturday, they have not had much recent luck against the “Bees”.  In fact, their last success was back in 1953 in the FA Cup, 2-1 in a replay that they won away after drawing 1-1 at home.  That was four years before their famous victory at Wembley over Manchester United.

Since 1953, the teams have met six times and Villa have only three ties and three losses to show for their efforts.  The Bees last visit to Villa Park was on August 22, 2018, when Jonathan Kodja scored a brace for Villa and Neil Maupay matched it for Brentford.  Dean Smith was Brentford’s manager at the time.  He would move to Villa a couple of months later.

Smith will certainly be anxious to get past these upstarts whose total cost is a fraction of Villa’s with no player costing near $10 million.  Still, as Arsenal found out in week 1 of the schedule and Crystal Palace, last Saturday, their defense is quite resilient and they were able to shut out both star-studded London teams.

No question that Smith will make sure his team does not underestimate their task and that Bailey and Watkins will be chomping at the bit to get their seasons going, so expect the Villa to be as focused as they were against Newcastle, but with lots more offense and shots on target.

It will take some quirks of fate to stop Villa from cruising to a solid win over Brentford.

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