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Bristol City vs Brentford Betting Tips

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Bristol City
    Brentford

      Tip Reasoning

      Brentford won both games the last time these two were in the same division in 2013/14. At the time the West Londoners were buoyant and very much upwardly mobile and heading for promotion while City were in crisis and languishing in the middle of League One.

      Two seasons on and there is perhaps a sense of role reversal about this game. It’s too early to describe this as a crisis at Griffin Park but Brentford, who were involved in the Championship Play-Offs last season, were crushed 4-0 at home by League 2 Oxford in midweek in the Capital One Cup and the pressure is already on new boss Marinus Dijkhuizen who replaced the popular Mark Warburton in the summer.

      They scored twice in injury time at the weekend to rescue a 2-2 draw at home to Ipswich in their Championship opener but problems with the Griffin Pitch has somewhat ridiculously caused the postponement of their league game next week with Birmingham. It’s all a little bit messy given the club were on the brink of the richest league in the world just a few months ago.

      Bristol City meanwhile romped to the League One title last season and there will be a big crowd at Ashton Gate for their first home game back in the Second tier. They were beaten on the opening day at Sheffield Wednesday and lost to Luton in the Capital One Cup in midweek but back in Bristol they could be a different prospect.

      There were 21 home wins for the Ashton Gate crowd to celebrate last season and they scored 8 times in their last home match so confidence should still be high for this one and they have a good chance of racking up their first win of this season against an out-of-sorts Brentford.

      Callum Robinson, a young forward on loan from Aston Villa scored on his full debut in the midweek loss at Luton and may hope to retain his place for this one. Bristol City have also had a large bid accepted for Crystal Palace forward Dwight Gayle and will be hopeful of concluding a deal in time for the game and he would certainly be a major coup.

      The likes of Wolves, Southampton, Norwich and opponents Brentford have all put together highly encouraging first seasons in the Championship after promotion in recent years. Two of those sides achieved back-to-back promotions and Bristol City have the ambition to match them and possess a fair amount of quality.

      They are somewhat surprisingly underdogs at 17/10 to win this game and look to be well worth a punt at those odds.

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