Both teams will be desperate to take the 3 points in this Tuesday night clash at Griffin Park, with Brentford aiming for automatic promotion and Charlton battling to avoid relegation.
Brentford sit in third place, five points behind West Bromwich Albion and six points behind Leeds United. Meanwhile, Charlton sit in 19th place, but only two points from the drop zone.
From looking at previous results, this London derby will likely end in an easy victory for the Bees, as they have amassed four wins in four games since the restart, keeping a clean sheet in each one, with an aggregate scoreline of 9-0. This is in addition to their 5-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday before the lockdown, and these five consecutive clean sheets have set a new club record for Thomas Frank’s side.
Charlton have also returned from the hiatus in fine form, totalling seven points from a possible twelve and conceding only one goal, which came in their latest 1-0 defeat to fellow Londoners Millwall.
This fixture at the Valley in August saw Charlton secure the bragging rights over their London rivals, with a Conor Gallagher strike being the difference between the two sides in a 1-0 victory, despite the visitors having 68% possession and 21 shots on goal. However, it would be surprising to see Brentford, the most in-form team in the league, drop points to Lee Bowyer’s men this time around.
There is no fresh injury news for Thomas Franks’ side, however, playing just four days apart there may be some fitness doubts. Being in such fine form, there is no need to make any drastic alterations to the line-up.
Charlton have been hit with many injury troubles this season, but currently, they seem to have a fit squad, just in time to finish the season strong and maintain their place in the Championship. Similar to the Bees, with only a few days rest between matches, fresh legs may need to be utilised if they want to come away with a result.
Brentford have been on fire since the restart, beating teams at the top and at the bottom, so I do not think this will be a struggle for the Bees. Charlton are resilient at the back, but I think Brentford will be too strong and take the three points.
Match Preview written by Seb Rowland.