Kick-off: 1730, 22/12/2020
Stadium: Brentford Community Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Brentford will hope to take advantage of Newcastle’s recent virus issues when these teams meet in the EFL Cup quarter-finals.
The Bees have already knocked out three Premier League teams and have been in fine form in the Championship of late, so this contest comes at a good time for them.
We’re happy to take 27/20 for a home win as our first Brentford vs Newcastle prediction.
A Look At Brentford’s Betting Odds
Brentford beat Fulham 3-0 on home turf in the last round of this competition, having previously won 2-0 at Southampton before edging out West Brom on penalties after a 2-2 draw.
The Bees made a shaky start to their league campaign but are now up to fourth in the Championship table following Saturday’s 3-1 triumph over Reading here.
That was a fifth win in eight games and stretched their unbeaten run to 13 matches.
Head coach Thomas Frank said of the M4 derby success: “They were fantastic, throwing their bodies on the line.”
Mathias Jensen and a Bryan Mbeumo brace gave the Bees a three-goal cushion before the break over the weekend.
Young Finland forward Marcus Forss may come in for this fixture, though, having scored in each of the last two rounds.
The 21-year-old appeals at 9/2 to break the deadlock from the Brentford vs Newcastle odds.
A Look At Newcastle United’s Betting Odds
After being thrashed 5-2 at Leeds last Wednesday, Newcastle again failed to impress in a 1-1 Premier League draw with Fulham.
It took a contentious 64th-minute Callum Wilson penalty for the Magpies to cancel out Matt Ritchie’s own goal.
The Magpies then rarely threatened to grab a winner despite the Cottagers being down to 10 men for half an hour.
Steve Bruce said: “We haven’t done enough, both with the ball and without it – and even with 10 men, we struggled to find any real quality to open up Fulham.
“We’ve had a difficult week, so I think we’ll take the point and move on, but we certainly have to play better than we played today.”
Lasting effects from the recent coronavirus outbreak at Newcastle’s training ground have left United looking laboured and lacklustre.
They lost defender Federico Fernandez to illness at the break against Fulham and still have several players on the sick list.
Bruce named strong teams when getting past Blackburn, Morecambe and Newport in earlier rounds, but this tougher test has come at a tricky time.
Let’s go with 14/5 for the Bees to lead at half-time and full-time for our final Brentford vs Newcastle prediction.
BRENTFORD 3-1 Reading – Mathias Jensen, Bryan Mbeumo (2)
NEWCASTLE 1-1 Fulham – Callum Wilson (pen)
Head-to-head: Brentford 1-2 Newcastle, Newcastle 3-1 Brentford
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