Kick-off: 1945, 28/01/2019
Stadium: The Hive
TV: BT Sport
The Hive will be buzzing for Monday night’s FA Cup clash between Barnet and Brentford, not least because both teams are nicknamed the Bees!
Non-league Barnet will welcome a £150,000 fee for hosting this televised tie and are fancied to further boost their coffers by earning a replay at Griffin Park.
Punters can get 3/1 for a draw in this intriguing first contest and that is our opening Barnet vs Brentford prediction.
A Look At Barnet’s Betting Odds
Barnet are only 16th in the National League following a 4-0 defeat at Braintree last weekend, but they did have keeper Mark Cousins sent off in the fourth minute there.
The north London outfit do have up to four games in hand on other teams in this division, so that is a false position.
Darren Currie has done well since replacing veteran boss John Still at the helm, picking up five wins and a draw from seven previous fixtures in all competitions.
The pick of those results was obviously a heroic 1-0 success at Sheffield United in this competition, with Shaquile Coulthirst converting a first-half penalty, before some resilient defending kept the Blades at bay.
“I am proud as punch of the boys,” beamed Currie at Bramall Lane. “Chris Wilder said we deserved it after too.
“We had a game-plan to get through the early part of the game and nullify them and we grew into it. There were one or two scary moments, but we came through it.”
The hosts have only failed to hit the back of the net in two of 17 home games this term, so 17/4 for a score draw takes the eye from the Barnet vs Brentford odds.
A Look At Brentford’s Betting Odds
It must be noted that Brentford have hit form in the Championship since just before Christmas, with three wins and as many draws from their last six league fixtures.
Saturday’s 4-2 success at Rotherham lifted them 11 points clear of the drop zone, with Thomas Frank now helping to ease the pain of Dean Smith’s departure to Aston Villa.
However, Brentford needed Neal Maupay’s late penalty to see off League One strugglers Oxford United at Griffin Park in the last round of this competition.
That suggests their priorities lie in climbing further up the Championship table, so Frank may have one eye on next weekend’s visit of Blackburn.
This battle of the Bees could be tighter than many people expect and 7/1 for a 1-1 stalemate is added to our Barnet vs Brentford betting tips.
Braintree 4-0 BARNET
Rotherham 2-4 BRENTFORD – Kamohelo Mokotjo (2), Said Benrahma, Neal Maupay
Head-to-head: Barnet 0-0 Brentford, Brentford 1-0 Barnet, Barnet 0-1 Brentford
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