Brentford make their Premier League debut on Friday night, with Thomas Frank’s side looking to enjoy a flying start in this London derby. Ivan Toney finished Championship top scorer last season and the Bees have a puncher’s chance against an Arsenal side who were mainly unconvincing on the road last term.

Mikel Arteta will hope that the attacking blend of Nicolas Pepe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Andre Lacazette can reap dividends, with Bukayo Saka and Emil Smith-Rowe having enjoyed breakthrough seasons last term, while Ben White should slot into the central defence and looks to be a smart purchase.

However, we’re not sold on Arsenal for this clash, especially at odds-on. It’s not an easy opening fixture for a side who were way off the top four last term and it could be that we see a more even battle than the betting odds suggest. Marcus Forss could be a good foil for Toney, while Sergi Canos is someone who can score from midfield.

If you bet on Brentford with a +1 goal start, then you will get money back if they lose by a single goal, while there’s the chance to land a profit if they draw or beat the Gunners. This is a Bees side who are full of goals, with Arsenal having failed to win nine of their nineteen matches on the road last term.

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