THERE may not be a better time to face highly placed Brentford.
Confidence is on the wane as the Bees have won just one match in seven and suffered a humiliating 3-2 defeat to Scunthorpe in the FA Cup last week.
Their last win was against non-league Morecambe in the first round of the same cup, but manager Steve Coppell is confident his side can climb the division they've led for much of the season as they face the sides in the bottom three places starting with Wrexham at Griffin Park on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).
How long the Bees stay at Griffin Park is a serious matter. Chairman Ron Noades, who was once manager of the team, has put the ground up for sale and aims to make a killing by developing houses on the land.
But where Brentford would move to has yet to be resolved. This uncertainty has made Noades tighten the purse strings, meaning Coppell has no money to spend to halt his side's slide.
The former Crystal Palace boss has been forced to be canny with his loan signings. One success has been striker Ben Burgess, signed for the season from Premiership outfit Blackburn Rovers. The big target man has already bagged nine goals this season and has formed a partnership with another lanky hitman, Lloyd Owusu.
While things look good in defence, keeper Olafur Gottskalksson has been under pressure after a number of high profile blunders. He should start, though, as reserve stopper Paul Smith is inexperienced.
Coppell favours a 4-4-2 formation and the defence should line up with youngster Michael Dobson at right-back. Ijiah Anderson, formerly of Southend, should return at leftback following injury and his pace is a great asset to the Bees backline.
In the centre is Darren Powell, a strong figure since his move from Hampton a few years ago, and Icelandic international Ivar Ingimarsson, a versatile player operating in the back line.
The return of Anderson may see youngster Paul Gibbs pushed into a left midfield role from his normal left-back position. He is likely to be joined on the opposite side by Arsenal prospect Steve Sidwell, who has another month of his loan spell to run.
But it is in the centre of the park that Brentford carry most threat. Paul Evans is a Welsh under-21 international with an eye for goal, having scored 11 already this season despite missing a large part of the campaign through injury.
Fellow midfielder Gavin Mahon is another exciting talent, recruited from non-league Hereford. He has been the subject fo a bid from Crystal Palace and the Bees may have to cash in because he, Evans and Owusu are all out of contract at the end of the season.
Owusu has bagged 10 goals already this season and his partnership with Burgess is a powerful one - something Wrexham will have to keep a tight tab on if they are to take anything from the game.