Bolton Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson and Brentford boss Dean Smith could be fighting for their jobs when the two clubs meet each other at The Macron Stadium in the Sky Bet Championship next weekend.
Both Wanderers and The Bees have not managed a league victory in 16 matches between them so far this season and the pressure is understandably rising on both clubs’ managers.
The Trotters boss Parkinson has seen his side lose on all of their last five league outings and with the club cemented to the bottom of the table with just two points, there is little margin for error against The Bees if he is looking to avoid the axe.
Draws have been Brentford’s Achilles heel with Smith’s men drawing four and losing four of their opening eight league matches. With the club’s hierarchy well known for wanting success, Smith may have little time to redevelop a winning habit at Griffin Park and Saturday’s blockbuster fixture against Bolton Wanderers could be key in buying him more time to succeed this season.
Recent results between the two sides have seen two draws produced in the last three meetings in Sky Bet Championship. A third draw in four matches would do little to help either side’s cause and Saturday’s fixture will certainly not be one for the faint-hearted.