Football Predictions

Huddersfield vs Brentford preview, predictions & possible XIs

By James Richards

Published: 10:50, 16 January 2020

Brentford continue to ask questions of the top this season in the Championship after an impressive derby win over QPR.

The London club appear to finally have the right mix to be a consistent force at the top end of the second-tier and will be hoping to keep the pressure on stuttering Leeds when they travel to Huddersfield at the weekend.

Danny Cowley and his brother Nicky have improved the Terriers since taking over and they will be looking to bring in some characters they can rely on to make the squad better in the next few weeks.

Will they be able to stop an impressive Brentford side from making it six wins in the last eight? Here’s our preview, predictions and possible XIs ahead of Saturday’s big game.

When is Huddersfield vs Brentford and where can I watch live?

Competition: EFL Championship

Venue: The John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield

Date: Saturday, 18 January 2020

Kick-off: 3:00 PM (UK time)

TV coverage (UK): This game will not be shown live in the UK.

Last five meetings: Huddersfield vs Brentford

02 November 2019: Brentford 0-1 Huddersfield (EFL Championship)

11 March 2017: Brentford 0-1 Huddersfield (EFL Championship)

16 August 2016: Huddersfield 2-1 Brentford (EFL Championship)

19 December 2015: Huddersfield 1-5 Brentford (EFL Championship)

03 March 2015: Brentford 4-2 Huddersfield (EFL Championship)

Aggregate Score: Huddersfield (WWWLL) 7-10 Brentford (LLLWW)

Ones to watch

Huddersfield: Karlan Grant

The former Charlton man has been a cut above his teammates this season and is the key cog in this Terriers side.

His eye for goal is vital but also his work ethic and pace cause teams a lot of problems. He will be hoping the transfer window will bring in some more attacking support for him but even if Town have to wait until the summer for a proper clear-out and reboot, Grant will be a massive influence on how this campaign transpires.

Key stat: Karlan Grant has netted 12 times in the Championship this season for Huddersfield, more than double any of his teammates.

Brentford: Ollie Watkins

The former Exeter youngster has been superb this season for the Bees. He has been converted into an out-and-out striker after playing both as a central midfielder and out wide earlier in his career.

His strength and power make him so hard to handle and he has more than made up for the loss of Neal Maupay, who left for Brighton during the summer.

If Watkins can maintain this form, Brentford have a great chance of catching Leeds and sealing a place in the automatic promotion spots.

Key stat: Ollie Watkins has scored 18 times in the Championship for Brentford this season, no player in the division has netted more.

Team news

Huddersfield

Richard Stearman and Emile Smith-Rowe could both feature after signing for the Terriers. Danny Cowley will be looking for a reaction following the defeat at struggling Barnsley, which could well see him make changes.

Josh Koroma could start with Frazier Campbell the player likely to miss out while Karlan Grant will be expected to find the goals he couldn’t at Oakwell.

Alex Pritchard is a doubt with a calf injury, while Tommy Elphick and Collin Quaner are both sidelined.

Predicted XI: Grabara; Simpson, Stearman, Stankovic, Brown; Chalobah, Bacuna; Kachunga O’Brien, Grant; Koroma.

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Brentford

Brentford will be expected to name an unchanged XI after such a comprehensive win against rivals QPR.

They remain without long-term absentee Nikos Karelis, while Josh Clarke is also out. Sergi Canos is a doubt but the Bees have enough talent in the squad to be able to cope, as they have proved time and time again already this season.

Predicted XI: Martin; Dalsgaard, Jansson, Pinnock, Henry; Jensen, Norgaard, DaSilva; Mbeumo, Watkins, Benrahma.

Squawka prediction

Despite Huddersfield being a lot tougher since the Cowley brothers took charge, you can’t see them getting much change out of a Brentford side who have got that winning habit this season.

The Bees were unplayable in the first half against QPR and when they are in that sort of mood, no side in the Championship can live with them.

The Terriers will be a tough test but you have to believe Brentford will bag all three points to keep Leeds firmly in their sights.

Scoreline prediction: Huddersfield 1-3 Brentford