- Brentford and Wycombe meet in the EFL Cup.
- The first-round tie begins at 12 p.m. BST on Sunday.
- The game will be a competitive fixture at Brentford Community Stadium.
- Brentford lost the Championship play-off final.
- Wycombe won the League One play-off final.
On Sunday, the first round of the Carabao Cup features a matchup between Wycombe Wanderers and Brentford, both of whom play in the Championship. The Brentford Community Stadium will play host to its very first competitive match with this event.
While Wycombe were on the other side of the fence and were successful in winning promotion from League One, play-off final heartbreak was inflicted upon Brentford by the promotion of Fulham to the Premier League.
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The final hurdle was too high for Brentford, as they were defeated by Fulham 2-1 in extra time in the Championship play-off final. Fulham went on to earn promotion to the Premier League. The Bees had a chance to earn automatic promotion, but they ended up finishing in third place after dropping their final two matches.
When they kick off the new campaign with a matchup in the League Cup against Wycombe, the team coached by Thomas Frank will be looking to put the previous season’s disappointment firmly in the rearview mirror.
In their three preseason friendlies, Brentford’s results were as follows: a 3-0 victory over Derby County, a 2-1 defeat at the hands of West Ham, and a 2-2 draw with Oxford.
The latest from the Brentford team
Nikos Karelis and Kamohelo Mokotjo are just two of the players who have been allowed to leave Brentford by the club. In addition, Jaakko Oksanen, Luka Racic, and Julian Jeanvier have all left on loan for the remainder of the season.
The Bees have made a splash by purchasing Peterborough forward Ivan Toney, signing Northampton’s Charlie Goode and AS Beziers defender Tristan Crama, and snatching up free transfer signings Mads Bidstrup, Ben Hockenhull, Wraynel Hercules, Fin Stevens, and Lewis Gordon. In addition, the Bees have spent money to acquire free transfer signings Mads Bidstrup, Ben Hockenhull, and Wraynel Hercul
Formation of the Wycombe Wanderers
Wembley Stadium played host to the League One play-off final, which Wycombe won against Oxford by a score of 2-1 to claim promotion to the Championship. When the regular season resumed in July, Gareth Ainsworth’s team had already won the semi-final match against Fleetwood Town by a score of 6-3 on aggregate.
Since they were promoted, Wycombe have participated in three pre-season friendlies, and they have lost two of those matches by significant margins. After beginning with a victory of 1-0 over Southampton U23s, they went on to suffer defeats at the hands of Premier League West Ham (5-1), followed by top flight Aston Villa (5-2).
Team News for the Wycombe Wanderers
In preparation for life in the Championship, Wycombe have made six signings. They have brought in goalkeeper Curtis Anderson from Charlotte Independence, defenders Giles Phillips from QPR, Jason McCarthy from Millwall, and Ryan Tafazolli from Hull, winger Daryl Horgan from Hibernian, and forward Uche Ikpeazu from Hearts.
Since the team won the play-off, Jacob Gardiner-Smith, Sido Jombati, Craig Mackail-Smith, and Jamie Mascoll have all resigned from their positions.
Wycombe Wanderers take on Brentford in a head-to-head matchup.
In their most recent contest, which took place in League One in 2012 and was won by Brentford by a score of 5-2, Wycombe came out on top only once in the previous six meetings between the two teams. Since 2012, there have been a total of four exhibition matches played, and the Bees are undefeated as a result of two wins and two draws.
Brentford vs Wycombe Wanderers Odds
- It has been determined that the odds of Brentford advancing to the second round are 1.50 to 1, with Wycombe sitting at 6.00 and the draw sitting at 4.50.
- Statistics for the match between Brentford and Wycombe Wanderers
- Six of Brentford’s last seven home matches have resulted in victory for the club (Championship).
- Wycombe has defeated Brentford in only one of the last six competitive matches between the two teams (all competitions).
There was at least one goal scored in each of Wycombe Wanderers’ last five matches (League One).
In each of their last five matches, Wycombe Wanderers have seen more than 2.5 goals scored against them (League One).
In four of their last five matches, Wycombe Wanderers have had more than 3.5 goals scored against them (League One).
The disappointment of not being promoted to the Premier League is a wound that needs to be healed for Brentford. They ought to have little trouble defeating Wycombe and getting off to a winning start at the Brentford Community Stadium.
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