Brighton and Hove Albion make the short trip to Griffin Park tomorrow.
Brighton and Hove Albion make the relatively short trip to Griffin Park tomorrow (Saturday) without any fresh injury concerns.
A number of the club’s players were involved with their respective national teams during the recent league break but they seem to have negotiated the international fixtures without suffering any side effects.
Gordon Greer, Aaron Hughes, Jake Forster-Caskey and Christian Walton were all called up to national squads - with Forster-Caskey and Walton both representing England at under-21 and under-20 level respectively.
Forster-Caskey in particular will be looking forward to tomorrow’s game having impressed in his recent Albion outings.
The arrival of midfield linchpin Danny Holla has helped Forster-Caskey flourish in the increasingly fluid attaching approach being developed by Sami Hyypiä.
Forster-Caskey should keep his place alongside Holla and Andrew Crofts, with the Wales international this week having celebrated signing a contract extension which ties him to the Albion until June 2016.
Hyypiä’s midfield options remain slightly limited due to the continued absence of Dale Stephens, Solly March and Kemy Agustien, none of whom will be in contention for tomorrow’s match.
That leaves Rohan Ince and potentially Bruno as alternatives to the Holla, Forster-Caskey, Crofts fulcrum, with Portuguese livewire Joao Teixeira almost certain to continue in an advanced role in tandem with two from Craig Mackail-Smith, Adrián Colunga, Sam Baldock and Kazenga Lua Lua.
Brentford may be newly-promoted but the Bees should represent a difficult challenge for Hyypiä’s improving Albion having enjoyed a promising start to the season.
Mark Warburton’s men sit in eighth place in the Championship with two wins and just one defeat - against recently-relegated Fulham - from their opening five games.
Centre back James Tarkowski has been a strong figure at the heart of a Bees defence which has leaked less than a goal a game and has also benefited from the presence of talented goalkeeper David Button and 21-year-old emerging left back Jake Bidwell.
The home side should include the influential Scott Dallas, who picked up a slight thigh injury while on international duty with Northern Ireland, and one-time Albion transfer target Moses Odubajo who joined in the summer from Leyton Orient.
Brentford have tended to favour a defensive-looking 4141 formation in the league this season but have struggled to stop opponents from getting a sniff of Button’s goal, with the Bees giving up an average of 17 shots a game in the league so far, giving some indication as to the ability of their number one.
At the opposite end, the Bees lack an obvious goalscorer. In fact, no single player has registered more than one goal in league action this season. Andre Gray and Nick Proschwitz are likely to compete for the central attacking slot, unless Warburton opts for a more traditional 442 with two-pronged front-line.
Likely line-up: Stockdale, Bruno, Greer, Dunk, Bennett, Holla, Forster-Caskey, Crofts, Colunga, Teixeira, Baldock.
Likely subs: Ankergren, Hughes, Calderon, Ince, Gardner, Lua Lua, Mackail-Smith.