Last weekend, Southampton overcame first place Swansea after 120 minutes to reach the fourth round of the FA Cup this season. However, in return, Southampton had to pay a pretty expensive price when defender Yan Valery received a direct red card. In addition, the number of Covid-19 positive cases in the squad continued to increase. It is estimated that more than half of the main squad of the home club St Mary’s is in quarantine.
Fortunately, however, coach Ralf Hasenhuttl is still able to use some extremely important players, capable of turning the situation around in just a moment. That is the case with midfielder James Ward-Prowse, or the pair of strikers who are in high form Armstrong-Broja.
Besides, Southampton also partly showed its ability to overcome difficulties. The last match in the Premier League against Tottenham, Southampton earned 1 point despite being sent off at the end of the first half. Even experts believe that 3 points will have to belong to Southampton if they have enough people on the field. Or in the last victory against Swansea, The Saint also had to play without people from the 30th minute.
On the other side of the front line, Brentford made a strong impression in the first half of the first leg of the Premier League this season. But when the surprise and surprise passed (this was the first season Brentford played in the Premier League), this rookie was gradually deciphered.
So Brentford is now satisfied with the position of a relegation team: 11/20 teams and 12 points ahead of the group holding the red light (Southampton is 2 points less than Brentford). This team is also playing unstable away from home: unbeaten in the last 5 times away from home in the Premier League (lost 3). Moreover, tonight Brentford is also absent some important players for different reasons.