Wolverhampton Wanderers will seek to maintain their charge for a coveted top-four place when they travel to Brentford for Saturday afternoon’s Premier League contest.
The Bees suffered a 3-1 defeat to Manchester United in midweek, while Bruno Lage’s side came up trumps by the same scoreline against Southampton last weekend.
If the first half at the Brentford Community Stadium was anything to go by, Thomas Frank’s side may have felt quietly confident of securing a famous win over Man United, with David de Gea called into action on a couple of occasions before Ralf Rangnick’s men came out all guns blazing in the second 45.
Anthony Elanga, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford all struck following the break to quickly extinguish any hopes of a memorable Brentford success, and Ivan Toney’s fifth goal of the season was only a consolation for the Bees in that 3-1 loss.
Despite posting some eye-catching results during their first-ever Premier League campaign, Brentford still have plenty of work to do to cement their status as a top-flight club, with the Bees now 14th in the table and 10 points clear of 18th-placed Norwich City having played a game more.
It would be a surprise to see the Bees dragged into a relegation dogfight at this stage of the season, but Frank has now overseen three successive defeats in the Premier League, with his side shipping 10 goals in that miserable January streak.
The Bees have also recorded just one clean sheet in their last 10 Premier League games at the Brentford Community Stadium, and now is certainly not the time to face a side with a knack for defensive discipline.