Brentford vs Wigan Preview: Bees continue chase for automatic promotion against Wigan

Thomas Frank will be impressed with his Brentford side, who've won all three of their games since the Sky Bet Championship's return to action - with their clash against Paul Cook's Wigan Athletic providing them a chance to keep the pressure on West Brom in the hunt for automatic promotion. 

This clash bears a similar importance to Wigan, with the clubs recent announcement of entering administration and 12 point deduction on the horizon - three points are as important as ever for the Tics.

Key battles

Wigan's USA international Anthonee Robinson will be looking to manage the threat of Bryan Mbeumo, who is one of Brentford's most in-form frontmen. 

The French winger has scored 15 goals and assisted 6 times so far this season - with his most recent goal contribution coming in the Bee's last match against Reading.

Robinson signed for Wigan in 2019 after making his loan deal permanent from Everton, and at the age of 22, he has played seven times for his country. He's been a stand-out player for the Tics, with his performances this season nearly earning him a move to AC Milan. Unfortunately for Robinson, this move fell through.

He has continued to perform throughout this season despite this, and will look to pin Mbeumo back with his overlapping runs. 

Previous meetings

Last time the two sides met at the DW Stadium in November, Brentford emerged the victors as they put three past a poor Wigan side in an eventful game in which either side had a man sent off.

Mbeumo opened the scoring early on, as goalkeeper David Marshall parried the ball towards the Frenchman after initially saving an attack from a corner.

Kamohelo Mokojto doubled the lead for the visitors on the 70th minute with a powerful left-footed strike from 18 yards out. 

Three minutes later, Cédric Kipré's night ended early after he brought down Ollie Watkins

Josh Dasilva pilled more misery onto the Tics, with his brilliant curling effort from outside the box reaching the top corner. 

Despite the Bee's being out of sight, Julian Jeanvier saw red after a clash with Joe Williams.

In their last five encounters, Wigan have only won once, losing two and also drawing two. 

Team news

Both managers are happy to confirm they boast fully fit squads ahead of the clash, and providing no knocks are picked up in training, each side is expected to field unchanged line-ups. 

Predicted Line-ups

Brentford: Martin; Dalsgaard, Jansson, Pinnock, Henry; Marcondes, Norgaard, Dasilva; Mbeumo, Watkins, Benrahma (4-3-3).

Wigan: Marshall; Byrne, Kipre, Balogun, Robinson; Williams, Morsy; Jacobs, Dowell, Lowe; Moore (4-2-3-1).

Managers Thoughts

Frank was impressed after his sides 3-0 win against Reading last time round and is hoping his side can remain focused in their hunt for the automatic promotion places:

"We maintained another high level, especially on the defensive side of our game. That is a most important side of the game to be focused on. You have to be disciplined and stick to your structure. It is my now responsibility to make sure that we maintain our focus."

Speaking after Wigan's 3-0 victory against Stoke City, Cook praised the efforts of their efforts in recent performances:

"The lads are in a good place at the minute. They've come back and it's the desire to work when they haven't got the ball, that's the thing they're doing at the minute."