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  1. Brentford 1-1 Leicester: What Frank saidpublished at 18:24 18 March

    Brentford boss Thomas Frank to BBC MOTD: "[It was] Fairly even throughout the game. I felt that we started the game well and [in the] first half we were on top and we got a well-deserved lead. Second half unfortunately they showed that moment of quality to get the lead.

    "After that we were even but both teams lacked that final cross and pass. On the day the final bit on the offensive part of the pitch we couldn't produce.

    "I think if you look at Leicester and Brentford and before the game you say that you will draw 1-1 with Leicester but be 17 points ahead after 26 games in the season I would have taken that.

    "I think we are in a very good position in many ways, performance-wise but we need to look at ourselves and see if we can add extra layers. We will look at this game and say we can do more."

    [On Mathias Jensen's injury]

    "Nothing serious, a little with the hip but he will be fine."

  2. Analysis: Brentford 1-1 Leicesterpublished at 18:04 18 March

    Joe Rindl, BBC Sport

    Brentford should have had the game won in the first half.

    Before Mathias Jensen's opener Bryan Mbeumo had seen his close-range header fly just wide and both the winger and fellow forward Ivan Toney had a flurry of efforts blocked.

    But in the second half, Thomas Frank's side struggled to break down their opponents and it was Leicester who looked the likelier to find a winner.

    There were further areas of concern for the Bees late on. Jensen limped off with a knock, while substitute Shandon Baptiste was needlessly sent off for two bookable offences.

    Still, the Bees are eighth, level on points with seventh-placed Brighton and Liverpool in sixth.

    The European dream continues.

  3. Brentford v Leicester: Team newspublished at 16:36 17 March

    Brentford are without midfielder Vitaly Janelt, who suffered a knee injury during the midweek win at Southampton.

    Kristoffer Ajer is sidelined with a calf issue but Mads Roerslev could return after a two-match absence because of a hamstring problem.

    Leicester City captain Jonny Evans is a doubt after suffering a setback in his return from calf and thigh injuries.

    Wout Faes serves a one-match suspension and Victor Kristiansen is likely to miss out with ankle ligament damage.

    Ryan Bertrand, James Justin and Youri Tielemans remain long-term absentees.

    Predict the Bees' line-up

    Who will make the Foxes XI?

    Ivan Toney and Wilfried NDidiImage source, Getty Images
  4. Sutton's predictions: Brentford v Leicesterpublished at 16:33 17 March

    For this week's Premier League and FA Cup predictions Chris Sutton faces Black Honey guitarist Chris Ostler.

    Chris Sutton columnist graphic

    Sutton's prediction: 2-1

    Brentford to win this, all day long.

    Leicester are in a relegation battle now. They have got some talented forward players, but they leak far too many goals.

    The Bees, in contrast, are well organised and streetwise. They are also ruthless from set-pieces, which is one of the areas where Leicester look vulnerable.

    Chris Ostler's prediction: 2-1

    I'm really surprised to see Leicester doing so badly this season, while Brentford have been outstanding.

    Find out what Sutton and Ostler predicted for the rest of the weekend's games and cast your vote

  5. Toney England call-up a 'no-brainer'published at 08:36 17 March

    Ivan ToneyImage source, PA Media

    Gareth Southgate's decision to select Ivan Toney in his latest England squad was "a no-brainer", argues The Mirror's chief football writer John Cross.

    The Brentford forward has 17 goals in 26 games this season, and is only behind Erling Haaland and Harry Kane in the Premier League scoring charts.

    "He has been unplayable at times this season," Cross told BBC Radio 5 Live's Football Daily podcast.

    "Aside from Kane, he is the most in-form and dangerous English number nine in the Premier League right now.

    "He is in irresistible form, powerful, strong, so intelligent and so skilful. It's a really exciting call-up."

    Despite his impressive displays, his place in the national set-up has been under threat with the possible FA disciplinary proceedings hanging over him after accepting breaking betting rules.

    "The FA charge is the obvious discussion," said Cross. "And the case is ongoing. Sooner or later, we will find out the outcome.

    "I do think Southgate called this one right. It would be the wrong thing to do to pre-judge that and in the meantime he is playing for Brentford so is available for selection."

    More on Toney from 23'39 on BBC Sounds

  6. What's the best Brentford save you have seen?published at 18:45 16 March

    Wojciech SzczesnyImage source, Getty Images

    Ian Westbrook, Beesotted podcast, external

    The best save I’ve seen a Brentford goalkeeper make was a stunning one-handed stop by on-loan Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny in 2010.

    Near the end of an unremarkable goalless draw at Bristol Rovers, in which the Poland international had already kept the scores level, he somehow stuck out a hand while diving the other way to deny Chris Lines a late winner from point-blank range.

    We were sitting right behind that goal and were left open-mouthed, not believing what we had just seen.

    Szczesny was one of the best goalkeepers to ever play for the Bees, making many astonishing saves as he kept 10 clean sheets in his 28 games in League One.

    However, none was as good as the one on that sunny April afternoon.

    Pick your favourite Brentford save here

    Which saves did our other Premier League fans choose? Read the full piece here

  7. Frank on injuries, Toney call-up and Europepublished at 15:53 16 March

    Thomas Frank has been speaking to the media before Brentford's Premier League game against Leicester on Saturday.

    Here are the key lines from his news conference:

    • Vitaly Janelt is "not available for Saturday" and they are awaiting more information. Kristoffer Ajer is also unavailable with a calf injury and Mathias Jorgensen is "touch and go for the weekend".

    • On Ivan Toney being called up to the England squad, Frank said: "I am very proud, happy and pleased on behalf of Ivan. He truly deserves it. I said in front of all the players how pleased we are as a club, how happy we are on his behalf and how well deserved it is. I don’t know many people or players with his mentality with so much going on."

    • He added: "He is third on the list for goals and assists in the Premier League with 20 goal involvements. That top 10 has four Arsenal players and two Manchester City players, Marcus Rashford, Harry Kane, Mohamed Salah and Ivan Toney from… Brentford... wow."

    • When asked how Toney found out about the call-up, Frank said he got an email on Thursday morning from the Football Association and he wanted to go downstairs and speak to Toney. He saw Saman Ghoddos and asked where he was so he could tell him the good news. Once he found him, Ghoddos had already told Toney the news.

    • On the possibility of Europe, he said: "We are a club with big dreams we are thinking, believing and very optimistic in the way we see life and the world. We want to achieve as much as possible. It has never been a clear target. However, we saw against Everton if we aren’t completely on it, especially in the first half, it is difficult. I just want to focus on Leicester and get the three points."

    • He said they "aren’t talking about European football but we are allowed to dream to achieve as much as possible."

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  8. Leicester v Brentford: Pick of the statspublished at 12:16 16 March

    Graphic stating Leicester City have suffered 16 Premier League defeats this season, which is Brendan Rodgers' most league defeats in a single campaign in his managerial careerImage source, Getty Images
    • Brentford have won none of their three Premier League games against Leicester (D1 L2), though they did come from 2-0 down to draw in the reverse fixture on the opening weekend of the season.

    • Only Ivan Toney (eight) has scored more home goals for Brentford in the Premier League this season than Mathias Jensen (four), with the Dane netting three in his past four at the Gtech Community Stadium.

    • James Maddison has more goals (nine) and more assists (five) than any other Leicester player in the Premier League this season but has gone three games without a goal involvement for the first time since April 2022.

  9. 'Three-year ban? Racist abuse should bring a ban for life' - Antoniopublished at 10:46 16 March

    A three-year ban for the man who racially abused Brentford striker Ivan Toney on social media is not enough, say fellow Premier League forwards Callum Wilson and Michail Antonio.

    Speaking on The Footballer's Football Podcast they co-host on BBC Sounds, the duo said inherent racism was a cause behind the small number of black managers in the professional game and suggested this length of ban was ineffective.

    "It's almost impossible to police," said Wilson. "There are that many people to monitor. How are they going to know that you're not going back into the stadium?

    "The detrimental effect it [the racism] may have on their mental health lasts longer than three years. Some people don't just brush if off- it goes deeper than that."

    Antonio agreed, questioning why the ban length was not akin to pitch invasions.

    "It needs to be a ban for life," he said. "If you come on the pitch and punch someone in the face, then it's a ban for life.

    "You've been racist? Ban for life. This is what it is."

    Listen to more on BBC Sounds

  10. 'I think it would be really harsh to leave Toney out' - Suttonpublished at 09:11 16 March

    Ivan ToneyImage source, Getty Images

    Former Premier League striker Chris Sutton says he would be "really surprised" if Brentford's Ivan Toney misses out on the England squad set to be named today by Gareth Southgate.

    The 27-year-old has scored 16 goals this season in the Premier League but recently accepted breaking Football Association betting rules.

    “I think it would be really harsh to leave him out, his form has been exceptional. He is an important goalscorer for Brentford,” Sutton told the Football Daily podcast.

    "However as we’ve seen this season he is far more to Brentford than just the goals. His link-up play is top drawer. I would be really surprised if he wasn’t in the squad."

    Toney was charged with 232 breaches of betting rules in November and a further 30 in December. He missed out on selection for the World Cup and is yet to be capped despite making the squad in September.

    Ex-Premier League midfielder Charlie Adam added: "I don’t think he will be allowed to be in it as it will add pressure to the squad and more pressure to Gareth. As that is the only questions he will get asked. I don’t think he will be in the squad for that reason.

    "I think that is the only thing keeping him out of the England squad because his numbers are brilliant. He is in as good as form as any striker, he is up there with Marcus Rashford.

    "I don’t think the FA will want that circulating while the investigation is going on."

    Listen to the full episode on BBC Sounds

  11. 'I love the bounce-back mentality' - Frankpublished at 07:45 16 March

    Thomas Frank after Brentford recovered from Saturday's loss at Everton to beat Southampton: "I love the bounce-back mentality from the players. The difference between good and great players and teams is the ability to get through setbacks.

    "I think these players and this team are great in many, many ways and I love the way they bounce back."

    Did you know? Since the Premier League returned on Boxing Day this season, Brentford have picked up the fourth-most points in the division (22) and have lost fewer games (1) than any side in that time. In addition, the Bees have scored 18 goals via set pieces in the Premier League this season, the most of any side. Four of their last seven goals in the competition have come from set pieces

    On Ivan Toney's chance of an England call-up (Thursday, 14:00 GMT): "I don't expect anything from football. It's up to Gareth [Southgate] to pick the right squad but Ivan has done more than enough to be giving him a headache in a positive way.

    "If you look at pure goalscorers for England, he is the second highest behind (Harry) Kane. If you look at clear number nines, he should be thinking very much about calling him up.

    "A big player and character for us - great goal tonight. He could have got more out of the set-piece chance from earlier. And then setting [Yoane] Wissa up for the goal was very good."

    Did you know? Since the start of last season, only Harry Kane (37), Mohamed Salah (34) and Son Heung-Min (29) have scored more Premier League goals than Toney (28), who has now scored 14 goals at home and 14 away from home in the competition.