The only Friday night fixture in the Championship is a top half of the table clash between Brentford and Burnley.
The home side are looking to regain a better position in the Championship after a recent decline in form which saw them slide to eleventh place.
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Burnley are currently fourth in the Championship, but could slip out of the top six if they fail to get a win on Friday.
Brentford will be playing their heart out for a better outcome at Griffin Park. Brentford’s home form has recently seen them narrowly lose to top of the table Middlesbrough and go out of the FA Cup to Walsall.
Burnley will be a tough test – but one which must be overcome if Brentford are to put pressure on the top 6 at any point over the rest of the season.
Brentford have started 2016 on a bad run of three straight losses. Their most recent loss, a narrow 1-0 defeat at home to Middlesbrough, was frustrating for Dean Smith.
The Brentford boss expressed his mixed feelings after the game – stating that the result was disappointing but the performance showed a number of positives. Brentford will know that, if they can keep morale up and play the type of football they did against Middlesbrough, then they stand a reasonable chance of getting something from Friday’s match.
Long term cruciate injuries keep Scott Hogan and Andreas Bjelland out of the home side but Tarkowski will feature – despite being linked with a possible transfer to the visitors.
Burnley have been on a rampage across various competitions as of late. Most recently, Sean Dyche’s men were able to absolutely take apart the MK Dons 5-0.
The big result was far from a one off – Burnley beat both Bristol City and Charlton Athletic by 4-0 during the month of December. The vulnerability in the side was shown up in a 3-0 away defeat to Hull City. There are no new absentees for Burnley and they are likely to name an unchanged starting XI as is their preference.
Dean Marney and Michael Duff could possibly return to the matchday squad following injury.
Neither team are strongly favoured to win. The home side are narrow favourites but will need to reverse their recent decline in order to live up to expectations.
Burnley have been one of the most entertaining sides in English football as of late and Brentford will face a tough task to slow their onslaught.
Both teams are very capable of winning and Griffin Park is set to enjoy a cracking contest.