Brentford vs Arsenal
FRI 13th AUG 2021 – KO 20:00
BETTING & MATCH PREVIEW
The first game of the 2021/22 Premier League season, see’s promoted side Brentford take on Arsenal at home on a Friday night.
The Bees are one of the favourites to be relegated this season having come up from the Championship last season. This is their first-ever time in the Premier League so it’s going to be a tough challenge for them. A win against Arsenal would be huge, but we see them going defensive for this one and trying to start their season off without a loss!
All that Brentford can realistically be hoping for this season is survival. They are going to need to perform well in the games against the teams around them and hopefully big up some big results along the way.
Brentford haven’t yet brought in any experienced Premier League players, which will be key. Ivan Toney is going to be their main threat going forward, having scored 31 goals in the league last season. We can see Brentford looking to use his pace and power on the counter-attack a lot and setting up with the main aim of not losing.
Last season was a disappointing one for The Gunners having finished eighth. They will be hoping to start the season in the right way and should be looking to win this game.
The main aim for Arsenal this season is going to be getting back into the top four, or European football at least. They are too big of a club to spend multiple seasons out of Europe and are going to struggle to sign players if they do.
Arsenal have a strong enough squad to make a charge for Europe this season and have some fantastic young players coming through. Against Brentford we expect the likes of Saka and Smith-Rowe to start and Arsenal looking to control the ball. If they play at their best, or near to it they should have too much, but it would be just Arsenal’s way to drop points to a team that have never been in the Premier League.
Team news available closer to the game.