Barnet v Brentford Betting Tips & Predictions – Monday 28th January 2019

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Previous Match Tips

The battle of the Bees takes place on Monday night with Brentford and Barnet going head to head in the final of the FA Cup fourth round matches. A sting in the tale awaits for one of the two sides but for the other, they will join the swarm of clubs already in the fifth round draw.

Barnet are the last remaining non-league outfit still left in the competition. They have had to defeat four teams to reach this point including Championship side Sheffield United. Having claimed one second-tier scalp already, the north London club will be hopeful they can grab another this Monday.

Top Tips

Brentford to Win @ 8/15

Brentford to Win to Nil @ 7/5

Odds correct at time of writing but may have changed since. Check site for latest prices.

Barnet News: Cousins hit with suspension

The Hive Stadium
Katie Chan, Wikimedia Commons

Braintee secured only their fifth win of the league campaign last weekend as they hammered Barnet. A red card shown to Bees’ keeper Mark Cousins just three minutes in played a huge part in the heavy defeat. Substitute goalkeeper Rihards Matrevics had a debut to forget as he shipped in four goals against the lowest ranked side in the division. The young Latvian shot-stopper will hope for a more pleasurable outing this time as he fills in for the suspended Cousins.

Brentford News: Mepham departs for Bournemouth

Brentford Free Kick
Paul Wilkinson, flickr

An impressive series of displays this season from Welsh international Chris Mepham has not gone unnoticed. Bournemouth were one of the sides tracking his progress and the defender did enough to attract a bid in the region of £12m. Too large a fee to decline, Brentford accepted to the offer, paving the way for their versatile defender to get a taste of Premier League action. While bad news for the Bees supporters, stand-in replacement Julian Jeanvier will be relishing the opportunity of getting even more Championship experience.

Judge decides to leave

Back in the summer of 2014, Brentford agreed a deal with Blackburn for the services of Alan Judge. He was a regular pick during his first three season at Griffin Park but failed to return to favour since a 20-month long recovery from a double leg break. Having been only a bit part player since his comeback last year, the midfielder decided to make the switch to Ipswich on loan until the end of the season. The Tractor Boys have the option to extend the deal by a further 12 months too, should the 30-year-old impress at his new club.

Analysis: Barnet facing a massive challenge

Although we’ve witnessed non-league clubs beat Championship foes in the past, it’s not something you see very often. There is quite the gulf between these two clubs, one that stretches three whole divisions. Playing at home will not help bridge the gap either for Barnet as the north London club have actually collected more points on their travels in the National League this season.

Brentford to show their class

A half-strength Brentford side did enough to see off Oxford United in the last round but not without a struggle. A relieved Thomas Frank will have learnt a lot from the hard-fought win, in what was his first ever FA Cup clash. Careful not to take too many chances this Monday, the visiting Bees should have enough to get the job done at the Hive Stadium. They are well priced for the win at 8/15 especially given they have hit a decent patch of form of late. The Championship side are on a run of seven games unbeaten, their best patch of form since late last season, confirmation that their Danish manager has steadied the ship.

Low goal threat to be Barnet’s undoing

An average of just one goal per game in the National League is a poor one to have. Putting the ball in the net has been a big issue for Darren Currie’s men and they will not be handed any easy opportunities here. Although they did beat Sheffield United in the last round, it was a second-string side and their only goal came from a penalty. Up against a more full-strength opponent this Monday, chances will rarely come Barnet’s way. Brentford have lost influential defender Mepham to Bournemouth but they have already adjusted to his absence. The Welshman had not featured this side of Christmas so his departure should not stop the visitors winning this game to nil (available at odds of 7/5).

Recent Matches

Barnet fans best look away when looking at their head to head record versus Brentford. Only once have the north Londoners triumphed from their last 13 clashes against the now established Championship side.

6th December 2011: Barnet 0(p) – 0 Brentford

There was nothing to separate these teams after 90 minutes in this EFL Trophy match so a penalty shootout was needed to decide a winner. Barnet held their nerve from 12 yards, winning 5-3, handing them their first win over Brentford in over 20 years.

20th March 2009: Brentford 1 – 0 Barnet

Brentford moved seven points clear at the top of the League Two table after narrowly coming out on top in this gruelling battle at Griffin Park. Barnet almost levelled though Albert Adomah but Ben Hamer, later part of Leicester’s title winning squad, expertly tipped his effort onto the post. Paul Furlong also came close but his late header was cleared off the line.

23rd August 2008: Barnet 0 – 1 Brentford

This game ended up being a tale of two penalties involving the same two players. Adomah brought down Brett Johnson in the box with Glenn Poole dispatching the resulting penalty for the visitors. Johnson would then be the guilty party as he felled Barnet’s Ghanaian midfielder. Adomah picked himself up to take the penalty but had his attempt kept out by Hamer.

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