Amazingly, of the 24 sides in this season’s Championship, 17 have played Premier League football. That leaves seven still chasing top-tier glory, and one of them – Brentford – are going great guns thanks to a stunning run on home turf.
The Bees hammered Reading 4-1 this week to go fourth in the table, and though they will drop to fifth should Newcastle defeat Norwich, the London outfit are looking good for another strong campaign, one which is founded upon a sterling home record.
Brentford have won four and drawn one of their five Griffin Park fixtures this term, hammering in 13 goals in the process.
Preston were hit for five, while Ipswich and Nottingham Forest have also been sent home pointless.
It’s a run of form which actually began at the back end of last season, as boss Dean Smith began to find his feet after joining last November.
The west London club picked up 10 points from their final four home ties, meaning that as they prepare to host Championship-returnees Wigan, they’ve won eight and drawn two of their last 10 at the place they’ve called home since 1904.
Away results may need improving, but should Smith tighten things up on their travels, then it could be very rewarding to back the Bees sooner than later to finally bag a Premier League spot next season.
The bookies make Brentford a tempting 40/1 to win the league, with pre-season title favourites Newcastle and Aston Villa both suffering early defeats.
And a promotion push via any means could be equally appealing at 9/1, with Brentford reaching the play-offs two seasons ago, and missing out by just nine points last time around.
With Griffin Park now something of a fortress, the Bees really should be considered for promotion once again.
Having been their home for over 110 years, Brentford are looking to move into a new all-seater stadium by the 2018-19 season, and it would be a fitting tribute if Griffin Park could play host to Premier League football before saying goodbye.
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