Game: Brentford v Aston Villa
Date: Wednesday 13th February 2019
Competition: Sky Bet Championship
Venue: Griffin Park
At a glance
Dean Smith’s record in games between Brentford and Villa at Griffin Park is played two, won two.
Unfortunately that’s from his time with the Bees as he clocked up a 3-0 win in January 2017 and a 2-1 win in December 2017.
He’s more than aware that his own personal record must continue but this time in favour of his beloved claret and blues.
The game pits him against his former assistant, Thomas Frank, who is now No.1 at Brentford.
Smith is relishing the prospect of coming up against Frank.
"At Brentford, we seemed to beat Villa. Now Villa have to go and win," he said.
"I've got to try and beat them and tactically out-think Thomas, who worked with me very closely for two years."
Tom Carroll is unlikely to be fit to face Brentford this week.
Carroll injured himself in training ahead of the Sheffield United game – and looks set to miss the Bees game.
Jack Grealish, Axel Tuanzebe, Ørjan Nyland and Henri Lansbury are all out of the midweek fixture, too.
James Chester will be assessed to see if he’s fit to be considered after resting his knee issue over the past few weeks.
Ways to watch
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From the dugout
“I need to turn the record around that I had for Brentford against Villa – and hopefully I can do that.
“I know a lot about that club, the players and the staff. I loved my time there, they are great people and I’m looking forward to it immensely.
“But I have a job to do here. I will have my ‘game-head’ on. I have to.
“I am employed by Aston Villa and it’s the club I love.
“I want to go there and get a good result.”
We’ll, once again, be backed by a sell-out away support.
The claret and blues have 1,600 cheering us on at Brentford’s Griffin Park as we look for three points on the road.
Please don’t travel to the game without a ticket as there will not be any available on the night.