DAGENHAM AND REDBRIDGE- BRENTFORD
I am not going to waste too long talking about this game. Hosts have fallen off the playoff pace and will have to gamble tonight and look for the three points, I do not think that is ideal against a very well organised Brentford side, that look to be earmarked for promotion. The Bees were rocked by the loss of striker Jordan Rhodes, which coming on the heels of already losing Nathan Elder for the season, left them short of options upfront, despite the recent signing of Sam Williams from Aston Villa.
However, Bees coach Andy Scott has once again acted very quickly and has signed not one, but two strikers, one of whom I know little about, but the second, Billy Clarke from Ipswich, is a Republic of Ireland U21 International and has scored in over 40% of games played on previous loan spells at this level and above. Also returning to his former club is veteran defender Darren Powell, who has joined to provide cover for the backline and an inexperienced hand in the dressing room and on the training field.
The Bees board have to be congratulated, they have done everything in their power to get the club promoted this season and I beleive that these three signings will see them over the finishing line. They have only collected one point from their last two outings, but that was more down to bad luck and their overall performance level has not dropped, captain Kevin O'Connor also returns tonight and the Bees television curse aside, they always seem to underperform on the box, t hey should have enough about them to get a result tonight. 30-40% of the small crowd will be made up of Brentford supporters and I expect them to have plenty to cheer about.
5.5 points Brentford level ball 1.95 asian line.