Brentford are fourteenth in the Premier League after twelve games played. It’s probably a position that Thomas Frank would have taken before a ball had been kicked this season, even if the Bees amassed the majority of their points in the early games of the campaign before experiencing a serious downturn in form.

Indeed, the London side had twelve points on the board from the first seven matches played including victories over Arsenal and West Ham, while they also drew with Liverpool. Frank’s side also played Chelsea off the park despite losing that clash although this triggered a four-game losing run before stopping the rot with a 3-3 draw at Newcastle.

Ivan Toney returned to the scoresheet in that game and we’re going to back Brentford to claim a victory in this match and rise several places up the standings. While the Bees have failed to win any of their previous five clashes at the Brentford Community Stadium, they look primed to return to the winners enclosure.

We shouldn’t forget that this is a team on the rise and their expected goals figure illustrates that they have the capability to rack up wins in fixtures such as this one. Although they recently lost at home to Norwich before the international break, they mustered seven shots on target and Frenchman Bryan Mbeumo has been a constant threat this term.

Frank will be confident this is a good time to be clashing with an Everton side who are potentially going to get dragged into a relegation scrap this season. There’s a feeling of resignment at Goodison Park right now, with Farhad Moshiri turning to Rafael Benitez to replace Carlo Ancelotti although funds are scarce at the Merseyside club.

The Toffees began the campaign brightly enough and their season has followed a similar pattern’s to Brentford. Since beating Norwich in late September and then drawing at Old Trafford, it’s been two woeful months where a single point has been grabbed in five clashes and that was against a Tottenham side just finding their feet under Antonio Conte.

We’re not sure that Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Abdoulaye Doucoure or Demarai Gray will be available for this clash and the team have found the net just three times in the previous five fixtures, with a safety-first approach likely to be taken in this particular clash. Although Andros Townsend and Richarlison can offer moments of magic, there could be defensive issues.

Brentford showed plenty of attacking invention against Newcastle and it wasn’t an easy time to be playing this fixture when you consider that the Magpies have recently been taken over and also appointed a new manager. There might be an alternative angle by backing BTTS Yes when you consider some of the Bees’ recent matches.

For example, seven of Brentford’s last eight games have seen both sides find the net. The two teams will also look upon this game as one where they can land a victory and there could even be merit in backing the home side and both teams to find the net.




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