Match Previews

Team news: Welbeck, Gross and Maupay to return

Albion welcome the Bees to the Amex on Boxing Day.

By Charlie Hanson • 22 December 2021

By Paul Hazlewood
Danny Welbeck is available to face Brentford this weekend.

Albion face Brentford on Boxing Day with a number of key players returning to the fold.

Graham Potter’s team sit 13th after 16 games with 20 points. Last time out Albion went down 1-0 at home to Wolves, but two of their last three matches have been postponed.

That enforced break may have been a blessing in disguise for Potter, with the head coach expecting a few players to return to first team duties.

Albion have only suffered three defeats in their last 11 games, but the other eight have ended in draws.

One of their four league wins did come against the Bees, who sit a place above Albion with only goal difference separating the teams going into Sunday’s encounter.

By Paul Hazlewood
Leandro Trossard scored the winner for Albion against Brentford back in September.

Thomas Frank’s side have impressed since their promotion via the Championship play-offs last season. Albion inflicted the Bees’ only defeat in their opening seven games, before they lost four in a row.

The Bees have improved recently though, beating Everton and Watford in their last two home League matches.

The club are implementing enhanced travel plans for the game. More information can be found here.

Team news

By Paul Hazlewood
Adam Webster has been back in training this week.

Shane Duffy will be back in contention following his one-match suspension, while Graham Potter is also expecting a few players to return from injury.

Potter said, "There’s a couple of Covid related situations that are ongoing. Joel Veltman will be assessed in the build up to the game, but Danny Welbeck, Pascal Gross and Neal Maupay are back and available for the game against Brentford.

"Adam Webster has been training this week, so providing he comes through the next few days he will be available as well.

"With Lewis Dunk we're looking at him returning between the middle and end of January."

Our last meeting

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PL Highlights: Brentford 0 Albion 1

Leandro Trossard fired in from the edge of the box in the last minute to ensure Albion went home with all three points when we travelled to Brentford in September, making it three wins from Albion’s opening four league matches.

Brentford player to watch

Striker Ivan Toney cut his teeth in the EFL with Northampton and Peterborough before signing for the Bees in 2020. His four Premier League goals so far this season take his career tally up to 130 in 334 appearances.

Match officials

Referee: Andy Madley.

Assistants: Eddie Smart, Mark Scholes.

Fourth official: Keith Stroud.

VAR: Andre Marriner.

Assistant VAR: Sian Massey-Ellis.