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  1. Your thoughts on Brentford's transfer windowpublished at 17:35 24 January

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    There's one week to go until the transfer window closes and we've been asking for your thoughts on Brentford so far - who should Thomas Frank buy, sell or keep?

    Here are some of your views so far:

    Jeremy: Our squad is just too small to cope. We need strengthening all over the pitch - full-backs, midfielder or two and a striker to take some pressure off Toney, who has struggled to find the net in the Premier League.

    Trevor: Wonderful that in my 74 years I have seen Bees in the Premier League. Need some assistance in making the chances a little easier. Eriksen may be ideal.

    Callum: Think Eriksen would be a good player for us like he was for Spurs and Denmark.

    Peter: We need a strong creative midfield player and also another forward in the Ollie Watkins mode to support our current two.

    Do you want to see some movement before the window closes? Have your say here

  2. Eriksen signing would be 'fairytale'published at 13:02 24 January

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    If Christian Eriksen signs for Brentford "it will be a fairytale", says The Guardian's Jamie Jackson.

    Boss Thomas Frank is reportedly exploring the possibility of signing his compatriot on a six-month deal after his cardiac arrest playing for Denmark at Euro 2020.

    "To see that Eriksen has the desire and courage to rebuild his life and his career is a little bit of a fairytale," Jackson told BBC Radio 5 Live's Transfer Gossip Daily podcast.

    "Brentford are a really tough, physical, football-playing team and it would be a great move for him.

    "You think he'd have a chance of getting into the first XI and that would be a great story."

    Bees fans, how would you feel about Eriksen joining? Let us know what needs to happen in the last week of the transfer window

  3. 'It's been a privilege every single day'published at 09:48 24 January

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  4. Brentford 1-2 Wolves: Pick of the statspublished at 08:30 24 January

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    • Wolves have started a calendar year with three consecutive league victories for the first time since 1994.

    • Only Watford (8) have lost more Premier League home games than Brentford this season (7).

    • Wolves have shipped just five goals in the first half of Premier League games so far this season, with the Midlands side not conceding in the opening 45 minutes in any of their last 14 matches in the competition.

    • Joao Moutinho has scored more than once in a single top-flight league campaign for the first time since 2016-17 with Monaco (2), while his strike today for Wolves was his first Premier League goal from inside the box.

    • Ivan Toney has scored twice as many Premier League goals as any other Brentford player this season (6), while he’s also become the first player to score in consecutive top-flight appearances at Brentford Community Stadium.

  5. Wolves triumph on bizarre afternoonpublished at 07:22 24 January

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    Wolves continued their excellent recent form with an impressive win at Brentford, but their 2-1 victory will be remembered for matters off the pitch - or above it.

    The drone that appeared over Brentford Community Stadium, coupled with a nasty clash of heads involving Mathias Jensen and Rico Henry, resulted in 19 minutes of stoppage time being added at the end of the first half.

    There was even a brief delay at the beginning of the second when referee Peter Bankes was struggling to get his communication device to work, with Brentford fans singing “this is embarrassing” as they waited for play to resume.

    When it did, Wolves were too hot for the Bees to handle. Joao Moutinho’s opener was richly deserved, but Ivan Toney’s equaliser - which came virtually out of nothing - threatened to earn the hosts an unlikely point.

    However, the magnificent Ruben Neves sealed Wolves’ fourth win in five league games with a typically classy finish.

    Brentford, who had boss Thomas Frank sent off after full-time, remain eight points clear of the bottom three but risk becoming embroiled in a relegation scrap unless they can arrest their slump in form.

  6. Brentford 1-2 Wolves: Frank reactionpublished at 18:49 22 January

    Brentford boss Thomas Frank, speaking to BBC Match of the Day: "That was quite a crazy game. I think if we look at the football, we started fantastic until the break with the drone and the two concussion things. I think we were brilliant, definitely the best team on the pitch.

    "We 100% didn’t deserve to lose at all, it’s at least a draw. They are the two chances we conceded in the game and both are outside the box. We are struggling to get points in this moment in time, but the good news is that they are good performances."

    On his own red card: "I will put my hands up, I tell my players to keep their emotions in check and not get stupid cards and of course that was stupid of me. The first yellow was for confronting a Wolves player and then I, irritated, turned around and [the referee] said it was too aggressive."

  7. Follow Brentford v Wolves live published at 14:00 22 January

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    We're bringing you live text commentary of Brentford v Wolves, plus the rest of Saturday's Premier League fixtures.

    Follow all the action here

    You'll be able to catch up with all the post-match reaction on this page after full-time.

  8. Brentford v Wolves: Confirmed team newspublished at 14:00 22 January

    Brentford manager Thomas Frank makes two changes to the Bees side that lost 3-1 to Manchester United on Wednesday.

    Kristoffer Ajer and Rico Henry replace Mads Bech Sorensen and Mads Roerslev, who drop to the bench.

    Brentford XI: Lossl, Pinnock, Jansson, Ajer, Henry, Jensen, Norgaard, Janelt, Canos, Mbeumo, Toney

    Subs: Fernandez, Forss, Wissa, Ghoddos, Baptiste, Bidstrup, Sorensen, Roerslev, Stevens

    Brentford XI v Wolves in the Premier League

    Bruno Lage also makes two changes to the Wolves team that beat Southampton 3-1 last weekend.

    Striker Raul Jimenez misses out but Ruben Neves, who tested positive for Covid-19 last week, returns to the side alongside Fabio Silva.

    Francisco Trincao is among the substitutes, as is new signing Chiquinho.

    Wolves XI: Sa, Kilman, Coady, Toti, Semedo, Dendoncker, Neves, Moutinho, Ait-Nouri, Silva, Podence

    Subs: Ruddy, Hoever, Marcal, Jordao, Trincao, Chiquinho, Giles, Traore, Cundle

    Wolves XI v Brentford in the Premier League
  9. Lawro's predictions: Brentford v Wolvespublished at 18:00 21 January

    Mark Lawrenson takes on singer and Chelsea fan Call Me Loop in the latest round of Premier League predictions.

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    Lawro's prediction: 0-1

    Brentford are still creating chances but they haven't been scoring as many recently, and they have started letting in a lot of goals - 10 in their past three games to be exact.

    In contrast, Wolves are going great at the moment, and they have got the top six in their sights.

    We know how good Wolves are defensively and, although they don't score lots of goals, they don't concede many either - only 15 in 20 games so far. Manchester City are the only top-flight team with a better record than that at the back.

    Call Me Loop's prediction: I am not going to lie, my knowledge of Brentford and Wolves is not great, but looking at their last few matches Wolves are hard to beat and Brentford are always conceding. 0-3

    Find out how Lawro and Call Me Loop think the rest of the weekend's fixtures will go

  10. Brentford v Wolves: Team newspublished at 17:12 21 January

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    Brentford head coach Thomas Frank can select from an unchanged squad.

    Frank Onyeka remains on Africa Cup of Nations duty, while the game comes too soon for the club's injured players.

    Ruben Neves, who tested positive for Covid-19 last week, is available for Wolves and new signing Chiquinho could also be involved.

    Romain Saiss is on international duty and Hwang Hee-chan, Willy Boly, Marcal, Pedro Neto, Yerson Mosquera and Jonny are still injured.

    Should the Bees make changes from the loss to Manchester United?

    Is there a place for Neves in your Wolves XI?

  11. Brentford v Wolves: What does the form show?published at 12:07 21 January

    Brentford v Wolves form - past five games. Brentford: L Man Utd (h), L Liverpool (a), L Southampton (a), W Port Vale (a), W Aston Villa (h). Wolves: W Southampton (h), W Sheffield United (h), W Man Utd (a), D Chelsea (h), W Brighton (a)
    • Brentford are looking to secure the league double over Wolves for the first time since 2015-16, though this is just the third different campaign in which they’ve met since then.

    • Wolves have failed to score in three of their past four away league games against Brentford (W1 D1 L2), having found the net in each of their previous eight such visits before this.

    • Brentford have won just one of their nine Premier League games on a Saturday this season (D4 L4), while they’re winless in their four such games at the Brentford Community Stadium so far (D1 L3).

    • Having lost four of their first five Premier League games this season (W1), Wolves have lost just three of their past 15 (W8 D4). Only Manchester City (13) have conceded fewer goals than Wolves this term (15), while Bruno Lage’s side are the only team not to concede as many as three goals in a match so far.

  12. Where next for Eriksen?published at 09:39 21 January

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    Christian Eriksen would be a fine addition at Crystal Palace, according to French football journalist Julien Laurens, as the Denmark playmaker continues his recovery from his cardiac arrest at Euro 2020 in June.

    London rivals Brentford were linked with a move for Eriksen earlier this week, although boss Thomas Frank refused to discuss the rumours.

    "I hope Eriksen will find the right project and I'm sure he'll have plenty of offers on the table," Laurens told the Euro Leagues podcast. "Just him coming back to top-level football in any way will be a miracle."

    Palace defender and Eriksen's compatriot Joachim Andersen told the podcast he was "delighted" to see him back playing football and admitted he hoped he'd return to the Premier League.

    "I could see him at Palace," Laurens said. "I think 'Vieira-ball' would suit him and imagine a midfield with Eriksen and Conor Gallagher."

    Listen to the whole discussion about Eriksen from 35'48 on BBC Sounds

  13. 'We have a strong enough squad to compete in the Premier League'published at 18:12 20 January

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    Thomas Frank says he is happy with his current Brentford squad, but is open to bringing in some new players in January if they are "right" for the club.

    Frank said there are no developments around the Christian Eriksen rumours or any other players, but didn't rule out movement before the window closes.

    "I said before the season and also at the beginning of the transfer window, I think we have a strong enough squad to compete in the Premier League.

    "We showed that last night. The first 60 minutes were absolutely amazing and showed what this group of players are capable of.

    "I do think that a player or two would bring energy and extra awareness to the squad but I don’t think it’s essential.

    "We are always prepared, we are always in the market if we can find the right player, for the right position, with the right character then we will do it.

    "The Championship is a good league to look at. I also think that when we were in the Championship that League One was a good league to look in, so that’s natural we do that.

    "But obviously it’s also natural that we look in the European market. It doesn’t have to be Championship or England, it can be Europe. I think the Championship is actually too expensive. I think we pay too much for the quality of the players that you can probably get in Europe."

    Does Frank need to bring anyone else in? Who would you like to see join the Bees? Give us your thoughts here

  14. 'I know I’m an emotional guy'published at 17:43 20 January

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    Thomas Frank admits controlling your emotions is crucial "especially in elite football" as Brentford look to bounce back from three successive Premier League defeats.

    The Dane voiced his frustrations after the Bees were beaten by Manchester United on Wednesday and felt his side deserved more.

    When asked if moving on from these feelings is harder in the Premier League, Frank said: "It’s the same frustration and feelings as in the Championship. For various reasons that just hit me harder.

    "In elite sport and especially elite football it’s a lot about controlling your emotions. I say that to my players and myself.

    "I know I’m an emotional guy and I show them sometimes. I know most of the time I’m consistent and level-headed and positive.

    "That was the first time this season that loss was just harder to take. That feeling, being completely honest, of feeling (the result was) unfair.

    "But that feeling I had in my body because we performed so well that we 100% deserved something from this game.

    "It is what it is. I always say 24 hours, so I have five more hours to be disappointed."

  15. Frank on emotions, transfers & Wolvespublished at 17:17 20 January

    Thomas Frank has been speaking to the media before Brentford host Wolves on Saturday.

    Here is what he had to say:

    • All players who faced Manchester United are fit and there were no injury concerns and Frank added: "I just need to pick the right starting XI".

    • Frank said losing to United was the first time this season that the result was hard to take but "in elite sport and especially elite football it’s a lot about controlling your emotions".

    • He admitted "most of the time I'm consistent and level-headed and positive" but he felt Brentford "100% deserved something from this game".

    • There are no further developments on Christian Eriksen or any other transfer rumours.

    • On potential signings, Frank says his squad is more than capable of competing in the Premier League, but "a player or two would bring energy and extra awareness to the squad".

    • Ivan Toney returning to the scoresheet was "very important for him and very important for the team".

    • Josh Dasilva is roughly four weeks away from being able to be involved with the squad.

    • Frank said he is not concerned that he is entering the last 18 months of his contract, adding "as I know the club are very happy with me. I’m in a fantastic club with a great future ahead".

    • Wolves are a well-structured side who are difficult to break down and run "for each other and fight for each other".

  16. Get the edge on your fantasy football rivals this weekendpublished at 15:10 20 January

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    Alistair Bruce-Ball, Chris Sutton and Statman Dave are back for your weekly dose of fantasy football advice in the Fantasy 606 podcast.

    This week they discuss all the "luck" around at the moment due to postponements in the Premier League, as well as if Aston Villa players could be the way forward for your fantasy team.

    Remember, the deadline for this week is 18:30 GMT on Friday.

    Listen to the full episode on BBC Sounds

  17. Brentford v Wolves: Who makes your Bees team?published at 12:04 20 January

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    Brentford host Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Saturday, but who will make it into Thomas Frank's starting XI?

    A positive first-half performance against Manchester United didn't reap the deserved rewards for Frank's men - but who can help get the team back on track?

    It's up to you how to approach it - you could go for the team you WANT the boss to pick or the one you THINK he will.

    Either way, it's time to choose your Bees team to face Wolves

  18. Brentford 'not clinical enough' in United defeatpublished at 09:48 20 January

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    Former Chelsea and Leicester goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer says Brentford were made to pay for a string of missed chances in their defeat against Manchester United.

    The Bees bossed the first half but were denied by the brilliance of David de Gea as well as poor finishing. After the break, United reasserted themselves to run out comfortable winners.

    "Brentford played with a lot of intensity," Schwarzer said on BBC Radio 5 Live's Football Daily podcast. "They didn't give United much time on the ball and deservedly had the upper hand.

    "The only question was whether they would be left to rue the missed opportunities - and that's how it turned out.

    "Brentford weren't clinical enough when given their chances and generally when you play better opposition then you're more likely to come unstuck."

    Who do Brentford need to strengthen them for the second half of the season? Let us know here

    Listen to full analysis from Brentford Community Stadium from 08'03 on BBC Sounds

  19. Brentford 1-3 Man Utd: The pick of the statspublished at 08:01 20 January

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    • Manchester United have won their 300th Premier League away game, the first team to reach the milestone in the competition.

    • Meanwhile, Brentford have conceded 3+ goals in each of their past three Premier League games, as many times as they had in their first 19 in the competition.

    • United have won at 55 of the 60 different stadia in which they’ve played in the Premier League, with only Liverpool (57) winning at more.

    • Fred has been involved in four goals in his past seven Premier League games for United (1 goal, 3 assist), as many as he had in his first 86 appearances (3 goals, 1 assist).

    • Goalkeeper Jonas Lossl became the seventh different Danish player to play for Brentford in the Premier League. Despite being just over halfway through their first-ever campaign in the competition, the Bees have used more different Danes than any other side in Premier League history.