The build-up to Brentford’s Boxing Day journey to Brighton & Hove Albion was largely centered on off-field issues.
The 2 golf equipment have comparable philosophies and their two homeowners – Tony Bloom and Matthew Benham – have a storied previous and share a rivalry.
Brighton received the race to the Premier League again in 2017 after half a decade of knocking on the door of the highest flight, whereas Brentford must wait one other 4 years to affix them.
Heading into their matchup on the Amex on Sunday, the Bees had been forward of the Seagulls within the desk by advantage of purpose distinction, in any other case equal at this stage of the season. A reasonably snug 2-0 win for the hosts was definitive to say the least, nonetheless.
And whereas Brentford should rapidly lick their wounds forward of Wednesday’s go to of Manchester Metropolis, they will nonetheless take solace in the truth that they’re impressing onlookers the world over of their maiden Premier League season.
In any case, there stays two enormous variations between Brighton and Brentford – the previous have 4 seasons value of high flight expertise, and have near a staggering £200m internet spend within the final 5 years.
Regardless of that lavish spending, Albion haven’t completed larger than fifteenth since reaching the Premier League, although have at the least received over critics with their easy-on-the-eye model since Graham Potter changed Chris Hughton within the dugout.
Benham, a lifelong Brentford fan, would certainly again himself and the Bees to have a greater four-year stretch in the event that they had been in a position to spend as a lot on new gamers.
90min understands that the highest brass in west London are eager on securing their Premier League standing regardless of the specter of relegation hardly looming giant, and will spend greater than £40m within the January window.
Brentford’s competitiveness and tactical flexibility has served them nicely within the first half of the season, however an injection of high quality definitely would not go amiss. Thomas Frank has resorted to naming a number of B staff gamers in his current matchday squads as he searches for methods to cope with their Covid-19 and harm crises.
In current weeks, Shandon Baptiste and Charlie Goode have emerged as key males for Frank. The duo hardly ever featured for the Bees within the Championship, with the previous spending most of his current profession in League One and the latter in League Two and non-league.