Brentford v Sheffield Wednesday - Saturday 15:00
Sheffield Wednesday were being talked about as ready-made promotion contenders before a ball had been kicked this season, now Carlos Carvalhal is being forced to concede that the balance of his team isn’t quite right. The last two performances - both defeats by two-goal margins against Burton and Leeds - have been disjointed and mediocre.
The problem might be one of expectation. The Owls were patient last term because they were allowed to be. The margins were usually fine and a sizeable chunk of their 74 points were gleaned late in the second half. Now the onus is on them to make the running, and it’s something they’re not entirely comfortable with.
We should expect Carvalhal to go back to basics at Griffin Park but clear favouritism for the visitors here is a stretch. Brentford had a season to forget last season. They would have rebooted and started all over again by the end of September had they been able. But as a club, they’re still gradually heading in the right direction.
Hot prospects Dan Bentley, John Egan and Romaine Sawyers have been added over the summer, all of whom should grow in stature with each passing game, while striker Scott Hogan found his mojo in the final few weeks of last season and netted the winner in their last home game against Nottingham Forest. Take the 19/10 on Brentford to win and throw in the 4/1 on Brentford to win to nil.