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Pinch yourselves, but if Mark Warburton and his magnificent Bees can defeat Russell Slade’s Cardiff in South Wales this weekend, and three other results go our way, Brentford could be this year’s Championship Number One club.

For the headline of dreams to come true it would take an unique set of scores to align: Bournemouth would need to lose to Blackpool at Bloomfield Road, Derby would need to drop points against Norwich, whilst the clash between high-fliers Middlesbrough and Ipswich would require a stalemate… unlikely perhaps, but a distinct possibility.

Whether or not being top of the pile suits our preferred ‘under the radar’ promotion attempt or not is for us all to debate, but the plain fact that Brentford’s impressive performances this campaign make the achievement even remotely possible is quite simply remarkable.

Blackburn Rovers were the latest club to come away smarting after coming up against the Bees’ brand of football – another impressive scalp in a season to celebrate, no matter whether this amazing form continues into the New Year or not.

And that is not to underestimate the threat of Cardiff in what will be an intimidating atmosphere – The Blue Birds looked shaky against Bournemouth and conceded five goals against a side that likes to play a bit, just like us, but City are strong up top with Kenwyne Jones, Adam Le Fondre and Peter Whittingham all accomplished strikers.

Russell Slade will undoubtedly receive some good humoured banter from the travelling Bees fans, who will be keen to remind the new Cardiff manager of the comments he made following our win at Orient last season – the portly manager claiming that Mark Warburton celebrated like his side had won the FA Cup – let’s hope the scoreline Saturday is similar to that game at Brisbane Road though!

It should be a cracker!

Dave Lane