It wasn’t long ago that these two were going hammer and tongs for an automatic promotion spot in the Championship. West Brom won that battle, though it’s not been plain sailing for the baggies on their return to top flight football.
Successive three goal defeats in the league has left them propping up the table, and although they split those games with a three goal victory of their own against Harrogate Town in the second round, that was to be expected and Brentford will be much more of a challenge.
The Bees got their season off to a slow start having scraped past Wycombe on penalties in the first round before losing their Championship opener to Birmingham.
They’ve since bounced back though with an impressive 2-0 victory over a full strength Southampton side in round two of this competition, before taking Huddersfield to the cleaners last weekend with a 3-0 victory and they’ll be looking to get one over on the side that pipped them to the post last year.
However, West Brom’s promotion means they have been able to reinvest in their squad, notably making the loans of Grady Diangana and Matheus Pereira permanent, as well as bringing in Chelsea youngster Connor Gallagher on loan and former blues Champions League winner Branislav Ivanovic on a free.
The latter two are likely to get game time here and will be looking at this as a platform on which to prove themselves to Slavan Bilic, though we’d expect the Croatian manager to field a much changed side and that could play into Brentford’s hands.
The Championship side haven’t had the funds to heavily invest in the off season, and have lost star striker Ollie Watkins to Aston Villa. Said Benrahama is rumoured to also be on the move to the Premier League, while replacement striker Ivan Toney is yet to get off the mark since his move from Peterborough.
With that said, Thomas Frank still has the bulk of his promotion challenging side from last season, with Josh Da Silva in particular seemingly having stepped it up a gear from then, so we’d expect this to be a tight encounter.
Multibet 1-1, 2-2 or 3-3
West Brom have never lost at home to the Bees in 11 outings, though that record will be the furthest thing from their minds going into this. Both recent matches here over the last two seasons have finished in 1-1 draws, while all four recent meetings have seen a maximum of two goals.
West Brom haven’t been as secure at the back this season as they were last, conceding eight in just two Premier League games, so we wouldn’t be confident on the unders, but the multibet exact score on a 1-1,2-2 or 3-3 draw looks worth getting behind at the prices.