Welcome colleagues. Today’s ramble comes from a train, packed with boisterous males, a screeching hen do, a selection of gypsies, and some bastard robbing all my footspace. It’s the first of three trains today which I’m hoping will leave me in and around Brentford. Looking at the schedule, combining this with crossness and Northampton, this could well be my last game this season. It’s a shame really as things could have been so different, but I can’t dwell on that right now – I have footspace to reclaim and a Steve Phelps to locate.

Some of you may know Steve. He’s a World Cup winning writer and Olympic standard man of height. We’ve travelled to Pork Vale (sic) and Swindon so far that season, and a Franck Moussa stunner aside, we’ve been left a little short-changed. I’m reliably informed however that three is the magic number, so apparently I have to believe that today is definitely going to be different.

Sadly, our form is not great and Brentford are the best team in the league, so the non-mental among you will probably be keen to ignore any sort of numeric prophecy and base your hopes on something else. Sensible stuff.

How are they getting on?

Access to information is a faff while I’m writing this on my phone, so instead I’d like to transcribe the preview from this week’s Lamptey Show. Joey said the following:

We’ve got a game on Saturday. Brentford are quite good. I’d say they’re the best team I’ve seen us play this season when they played at Sixfields. They beat us 2-0. Not many teams have stopped is scoring. Not many have done it quite as compresively and emphatically as they did. I thought they were remarkably rigid and solid.

I now realise transcribing verbatim is outrageously hard. Here’s the lite version:

They have won four and drawn one in their last six.

Decent.

Who could cause us trouble?

Wayne Gretzky aside, they have a nice supply of decent players. Will Grigg, Clayton Donaldson, Marcelo Trotta and Sam Saunders. You do the math.

Sky Blues team news

Michael Petrasso ain’t coming back, unfortunately. This means we’ve got to bring someone else in. Could it be Mark Marshall, who came on and had a proper impact the other day? We also have Franck Moussa and Carl Baker certain that they are good enough for our first team, so we could even go for both of them.

The only other call of note is up front. Does Pressley go for the flight-risk that is Akpom, or does he give Delfouneso a go and see if all his demanding words have an effect? I do wonder, although it will probably be Akpom.

Predictions

London is fast approaching on the horizon, so I best wrap this up. In short, I predict a defeat. I do so with a heavy heart, but Brentford are very impressive, and we’re not a shadow of the team from the back end of 2013.

I do foresee a high class Callum Wilson performance though. So with him on form, we always have a chance.

Neil: Brentford 2 – 1 Coventry
Joey: Brentford 1 -3 Coventry
Paul: Brentford 2 – 0 Coventry

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