Southampton have managed to find some form over recent weeks and would leapfrog their Tuesday night opponents Brentford in the Premier League table if they’re able to take three points from this match.
The Saints come into the fixture on the back of a four game unbeaten run, which has also seen them pick up two 2-3 wins on the road over West Ham United in the Premier League and Swansea City in the FA Cup. As a result, confidence in boss Ralph Hassenhuttl has been restored somewhat and the St Mary’s faithful will now be more enthused about the remainder of this campaign.
The visitors to the south coast are a Brentford side that are enjoying life in the Premier League. This is the Bees’ first season in the top tier in 74 years and it’s fair to say they’ve enjoyed the process so far with some fine performances and results against the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool among others.
After a difficult run saw Thomas Frank’s men end 2021 with three consecutive defeats and no goals, the Londoners have bounced back at the start of the new year to beat Aston Villa 2-1 before cruising to a 1-4 victory over League Two Port Vale in the FA Cup on Saturday.
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Southampton vs Brentford: Match Stats
Southampton haven’t managed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last nine games and they could struggle to keep out a Brentford attack that’s found the net six times in two matches since the turn of the year. Encouragingly, the Saints have only failed to score in two of those nine games and their last four matches have seen both teams find the net.
Brentford boss Thomas Frank called James Ward-Prowse “the world’s best free-kick taker” in his pre-match press conference ahead of this game and the Southampton skipper is certainly enjoying a hot streak in front of goal right now. The 27 year old has three goals in his last three Premier League games.
2 Aug 2009 – Southampton 1-1 Brentford – League One
26 Jan 2010 – Brentford 1-1 Southampton – League One
11 Dec 2010 – Southampton 0-2 Brentford – League One
30 Apr 2011 – Brentford 0-3 Southampton – League One
16 Sep 2020 – Southampton 0-2 Brentford – League Cup
The last time these two teams met in a league fixture it was in the third tier back in 2011. They did face off in the EFL Cup last season though, with the Bees displaying their Premier League credentials despite still being a Championship outfit at the time, seeing off the Saints 0-2 at St Mary’s thanks to goals from Christian Norgaard and Josh Dasilva.