Brentford manager Thomas Frank says he expects his side will dominate Derby County on Saturday, Brentfordfc.com report.
The Rams head into the clash with the Bees coming off the back of a 3-0 defeat at rivals Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup. Phillip Cocu made several changes to the side that made the trip to the City Ground.
Against Brentford, the Dutchman will be calling upon his senior players to return and put in a strong performance.
But Frank seemingly hasn’t been too impressed with the Rams this season. The Dane told Brentford’s official website he expects his side will dominate after analysing their games.
I expect an open game. I have a feeling we will dominate the game. I’m pretty sure we will do that when I look at the two teams and I look at Derby’s games this season. It’s two teams on the day which will have spells with the ball where one team will suffer and the other will attack. But I have a feeling and after analysing the two teams that we will dominate.
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Derby started Phillip Cocu’s reign with an impressive 2-1 victory over Huddersfield Town. However, since then the Rams have managed just one win in their subsequent six games in all competitions.
A lack of creativity has been a major weakness for Derby so far this season. The departures of last season’s loan duo Harry Wilson and Mason Mount has had a big impact on the team.
Cocu’s side have scored just three goals in open play in their last six games. Brentford, however, have been just as shy going forward with just two goals in their five Championship games to date.
Last season’s fixture at Griffin Park ended in a thrilling 3-3 draw. Evidence on both teams early this season suggests we won’t be in for a repeat score line on Saturday despite Frank’s prediction of an open game.