Barnet travel to Brentford in this local derby with the Bees still looking for their first win of the season, as are their recently relegated hosts in what promises to be an exciting encounter.
Brentford assistant manager Andy Scott told the club’s website that he is confident the players can get a result against Barnet on Saturday.
He said: ‘We are in a good position. We have been ahead in games and have scored goals. A win on Saturday and we have had a good start in anybody’s book.
‘We are trying to improve in every game and we have done that so far and hopefully we can improve from last week and get a positive result, a win.
‘The lads are well aware of what we have to do to win.’
But despite Scott’s confidence, he knows any team managed by Paul Fairclough will be a stern test.
‘Paul Fairclough is an excellent manager. His team will know what is required and expected of them.
‘The players here want to win games, every game, whoever we are playing. It is nice to get one over on your local rivals but the most important thing is to get three points.’
Meanwhile Fairclough told Barnet’s website the team are in ‘buoyant mood’ ahead of the first league clash between the sides in eight years.
And Fairclough once again reiterated the importance of the Bees’ faithful having a positive impact on the players’ performances.
‘If the support is a fraction of what it has been like so far this season, it will be fantastic for us. I am confident that the Barnet faithful will have another great day supporting their beloved club.’
Brentford Team News:
Lee Thorpe should be handed his debut and partner Alan Connell who has recovered from a minor injury.
Grant Basey should be fit come kick-off but Craig Pead who resumed training this week is not yet ready for a competative match.
Player to watch: Lee Thorpe – Striker
A big, experienced frontman who will be tough to handle by the Barnet defence on his return following suspension.
Barnet Team News:
Ismail Yakubu will face a late fitness test to see if the skipper can play, whilst Sagi Burton will take the armband should Yakubu not make it. Joe Devera serves his one-match suspension but squad concerns were relieved with the triple defensive signing by Fairclough on Friday. Joe O`Cearuill should make his debut at right-back instead of Ian Hendon continuing to cover, whilst Stevland Angus will deputise alongisde Burton if Yakubu isn’t ready for kick-off.
Max Porter will hope to play a full part in the centre of the park this time around with Neal Bishop serving the second game of his three-match ban.
Giuliano Grazioli has resumed full training over the past fortnight and could get a bench place.
Likely Line-up (4-4-2):
CB: Yakubu (c)
Subs: Beckwith, Angus, Seanla, Hatch, Grazioli
Player to watch: Joe O`Cearuill – Centre-Back
The Irish international defender should get his debut in this attractive derby and having made the Arsenal bench a couple of times last season, could prove to be a big hit with supporters this season.
Match Facts & Stats
Michael Leary faces his former club, Brentford, whom his was on loan at last season.
Brentford 3 – 1 Barnet
vs. Braford (home) next Saturday