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Brentford v Arsenal – Match Preview

Brentford take on Premier League leaders Arsenal this weekend in an all-capital clash in west London.

Here is all you need to know about Sunday’s fixture.

Form

Brentford: LWDDW

Brentford will have been delighted with their start to the Premier League season. The Bees were tipped to struggle following the exit of Christian Eriksen, but sit eighth in the table after losing just one of their opening six league fixtures.

Ivan Toney has been in fine form and hit a hat-trick as Leeds were thrashed 5-2 last time out, with the 26-year-old having scored five goals in six games this term, form which has earned him a first call up to the England squad.

The Bees’ home form has been particularly impressive, with ten goals scored in three games. Those fixtures include thrashing Manchester United (4-0) and Leeds and Thomas Frank’s team will be hoping to claim another scalp when the league leaders arrive this weekend.

Arsenal: WWWLW

Arsenal will travel to Brentford as the league leaders, having won five of their first six games. The Gunners began with five consecutive wins, before a 3-1 loss at Manchester United provided a setback despite encouragement in the performance at Old Trafford.

The trip to Brentford represents a test of how far Mikel Arteta’s team have come, after the Gunners were bullied and beaten when visiting Thomas Frank’s team on the opening weekend of last season.

Thomas Partey has returned to first-team training this week in a huge boost for Arteta, whose options in his two-man midfield pivot are limited. The north Londoners failed with a deadline day move for Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz as the club sought to add depth.

Last Meeting

Arsenal 2-1 Brentford, February 19th 2022

After a humbling defeat on the opening weekend, Arsenal secured their revenge with a 2-1 win over Brentford that moved the club within a point of the top four.

Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka scored second-half goals to earn Arsenal three points, with the former opening the scoring with a measured finish past David Raya.

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Saka scored a second to provide Arsenal with breathing room and the Gunners held on despite Christian Norgaard’s response in added time. Defeat at the Emirates extended the Bees winless run to seven Premier League games.

Predicted Lineups

Brentford: Raya; Hickey, Jansson, Mee, Henry; Vanelt, Jensen, Dasilva; Mbuemo, Lewis-Potter, Toney.

Arsenal: Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Partey, Xhaka, Odegaard; Saka, Martinelli, Jesus.

Who is the referee?

David Coote.

What channel is Brentford v Arsenal on?

UK and Ireland: Sky Sports Main Event.

USA: fuboTV.

What time is kick off?

Sunday 18th September, 12:00pm BST.

Odds

Brentford – 16/5

Draw – 11/4

Arsenal – 5/6

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