Brentford to kick on past struggling Cambridge
A Cambridge United side travel to Griffin Park in the first round of the EFL Cup without a goal to their name this season, in what could be the last ever cup tie hosted at the historic stadium. Amongst the favourites to be relegated, it is fair to say this is not fixture that is high on the priority list for the U’s. As for Brentford they are amongst the favourites to win promotion to the Premier League and at least challenge for the playoffs, having despite key departures managed to bolster a strong squad in the second tier of English football.
Tuesday evenings’ visitors come into the cup clash off the back of two solid goalless draws against the much-fancied Bradford City and Newport County in League Two, after a poor pre-season that saw them lose 6-0 at the hands of St. Neots Town in late July, read into that what you will. Brentford followed up a disappointing opening day defeat to Birmingham by a goal to nil with a 1-0 victory of their own travelling to the Riverside and beating Middlesbrough thanks to an early second half tap in from Ollie Watkins. They prepare for back to back home matches with Hull City make the trip to London on Saturday, a game the Bees will also be expected to win. Whereas on the other hand Cambridge have a big test on the horizon in going away to Colchester United who they sit one place and one point above in the table. The Essex-based outfit narrowly missed out on the playoffs last season and will be a tough opponent for Colin Calderwood’s men.
Brentford have the squad to field two competitive teams to face both Cambridge and Hull where the same cannot be said about the U’s, should they take this tie seriously they could blow the visitors away. The Bees may look to give their fringe players a run out and some much needed minutes at the start of the season in this one, but those players will be hungry to impress Thomas Frank given the indifferent start and fortunes the team have had since the departure of Dean Smith in late 2018. Having operated in a 3-4-3 formation in both their outings this campaign, they could overwhelm Cambridge especially with them being expected to dominate possession.
Brentford will expertly deal with the potential banana skin that is Cambridge United in the first round of the League Cup and continue building the foundations in working towards what should be an excellent farewell season for Griffin Park.
Brentford – Cambridge United Betting Tip
Brentford to Win + Over 1.5 goals with Betfred at odds of 3/5.