Prior to the start of the season, Brentford fans had plenty of reasons to be optimistic about their side’s chances of making the play-offs towards the end of 2018/19, however with popular manager Dean Smith having departed to the West Midlands and the Bees winning just six of their 26 league matches to date, things aren’t looking too rosy for the west London club. As things stand, Brentford sit 18th in the Championship table with 28 points to their name and they will be battling against relegation towards the end of the campaign unless they manage to turn things around quickly. Weekend opponents Stoke City are hardly impressing in the second tier since their relegation from the Premier League at the end of last season, however the Potters will certainly be targeting this match as a chance to start a much-needed winning run, the bookmakers giving away free bets on Brentford v Stoke City.
Neither Stoke City nor Brentford have impressed in the slightest this term, the Bees winning just six times with ten defeats and ten draws along the way. Stoke City have managed just two wins on their travels this season so far with three away defeats during this time, however they have shared the spoils in eight of their games on the road. The Bees have been stalemate specialists in the Championship this season with their last three league outings ending in draws, therefore this evidence points very much towards the spoils being shared when the two sides lock horns at Griffin Park on Saturday afternoon. Stoke City will be desperate to avoid defeat this weekend while Brentford are finding wins hard to come by and the hosts would certainly be more than happy to share the spoils yet again, BetVictor Bookmakers going 11/5 on a draw.