Wolverhampton Wanderers v Brentford

23 Sep

Scott Hogan

Brentford striker Scott Hogan is the Championship’s joint-top goalscorer, with six goals

BBC coverage

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Commentary on BBC WM (Black Country DAB and Freeview 722), live text commentary on BBC Sport website

Wolves boss Walter Zenga is likely to again make changes following Tuesday’s 2-0 EFL Cup exit at Newcastle.

Nouha Dicko, who scored for the club’s Under-23s against Middlesbrough in midweek, is close to full match fitness after a year out with a knee injury.

Brentford boss Dean Smith has no new injury worries as he looks to extend their unbeaten run to five matches.

Defender Callum Elder (knee), left-back Rico Henry (shoulder) and midfielder Alan Judge (leg) remain sidelined.

Former Walsall boss Smith enjoyed a successful first return to the West Midlands when his sixth-placed Bees snatched a late equaliser in their most recent away game, the 1-1 draw at Aston Villa.

Brentford head coach Dean Smith told BBC Radio London:

“We won’t get too many better weeks than we did last week, with really good performances and good results off the back of it.

“Our level of performance has to be right to get something out of the game. It is nice to be an underdog and go and surprise people.

“The confidence is really good and the players believe in each other and what they are doing.”

Match facts

  • Wolves have drawn a blank in three of their last four league meetings with the Bees, failing to score in each of the last two.
  • In contrast, Brentford have netted 10 times (2.5 goals per game), winning three of those four clashes.
  • Wolves, in 10th, have drawn six of their last nine league games at Molineux.
  • Bees striker Scott Hogan has scored 13 goals in his last 12 Championship games, including a hat-trick in his last game against Preston.
  • Only three of Wolves’ 10 league goals this season have been scored at home.
  • Brentford, unbeaten in four games, have more ever-present Championship players than any other side this season. Hogan, John Egan, Ryan Woods, Daniel Bentley and Harlee Dean have all played a full 720 minutes so far.


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