Bilic preparing for decisive Brentford clash

26 June 2020 20:12:20 GMTPlus10

West Brom coach Slaven Bilic insists Friday’s crunch clash with Championship promotion rivals Brentford is "more than a three-point game" and it is important not to lose as they put their title credentials on the line.

With eight games remaining, the Baggies are top the pile at the expense of Leeds on goal difference but are without a league win in three and are in need of a positive result at fellow high-fliers Brentford.

West Brom played out a goalless draw with Birmingham last weekend which was the eleventh time from 19 home league outings in which they had dropped points.

The Baggies’ dip in form has lightened the mood at fourth-placed Brentford, who can bridge the gap on Bilic’s boys to just five points with victory at Griffin Park.

Brentford celebrated their return to action with a convincing 2-0 win at London rivals Fulham last weekend and Bilic is full of praise for his Friday night opponents.

Speaking to Birmingham Live, Bilic said: "Their name is a bit of a surprise, but not their team.

"They are a top team and we have big respect for them. It’s going to be a very big test and we will have to be on top of our game."

However, Bilic is not hiding away from the challenge: "We are not big time Charlies. We are confident but we are humble. But we are number one and for the whole season we have been number one or number two.

"We have to just concentrate on ourselves. This game is bigger than the other one. It’s more than a three-point game. Key thing is not to lose.”

Championship leaders West Brom are 3.00, with hosts Brentford 2.40. The draw is available at 3.30.

Albion are 12122.00 to win the Championship title with Leeds United 1.005.

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