Brentford vs Stoke preview
Last Updated: 11/01/19 10:53am
Neal Maupay will return to the Brentford starting line-up for the visit of Stoke.
The sought-after forward, who has scored 16 goals this season, climbed off the bench to hit the winning penalty against Oxford in the FA Cup last weekend.
Defender Chris Mepham is expected to be available after an ankle injury. Emiliano Marcondes, Lewis Macleod and Marcus Forss remain sidelined, although the latter is not far from a return to fitness.
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Nathan Jones will take charge of Stoke for the first time after being appointed as Gary Rowett's replacement this week. Defender Ryan Shawcross and midfielder Ryan Woods will be assessed after missing the FA Cup draw at Shrewsbury through illness, while Joe Allen sat out with a knock.
When asked for an injury update Jones said that there were one or two issues which he did not want to expand upon. Jones inherits a side without a win in their last four games and lying 14th in the table.
Brentford last hosted Stoke at Griffin Park in March 2002 in a league match - the Bees won 1-0 via a Steve Sidwell goal.
Stoke have lost one of their last nine matches against Brentford in all competitions (W6 D2).
Brentford, who have not lost in any of their last four league games (W1 D3), are looking to remain five unbeaten in the Championship for the first time this season.
Stoke have failed to score in their last three league games (D1 L2), last going four league matches outside the top-flight without netting a single goal back in February 2006 under manager Johan Boskamp whilst in the Championship (five).
Stoke City have not won a league match away in London since a 2-1 victory over Tottenham back in November 2014, with the Potters drawing seven and losing 12 of their last 19 such visits.
No player has made more substitute appearances in the Championship this season than Stoke City's Peter Crouch (19 - alongside Matt Smith).
Brentford aren't winning enough games yet, but at least they have arrested their slump with three draws in a row.
Nathan Jones is coming straight in at Stoke for this one and will want to hit the ground running. I'm going to back a bit of 'new manager bounce' and plug for an away win.
David Prutton predicts: 1-2 (10/1 with Sky Bet)