Brentford enjoy their first taste of top-tier action as the Premier League gets started with Arsenal paying them a visit this Friday.
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For the first time in their history, Brentford line up for a Premier League match this Friday, having secured promotion through last year’s EFL Championship play-off Final against Swansea City (2-0).
A solid pre-season in the bag – one in which they drew against Manchester United, took the fight to West Ham and toppled Valencia -l helps Brentford start their season on the front foot. The high-intensity, high-tempo, heavy metal brand of football which they’ve become synonymous with, will undoubtedly give their fans – and a Premier League audience – something to look forward to as they take the fight to Arsenal on the opening day of the season.
Although a fixture against one of the Premier League’s “Bix Six” may not be the ideal start for The Bees, the pressure to perform on the opening day will be very much on their opponents. It’s no secret that Arsenal have had a tough time lately breaking down teams, a weakness that Thomas Frank and his players could look to exploit as they try to conclude their initial trial by fire by making a point or grabbing three this Friday.
With an impressive record of 33 goals in the Championship last season, Ivan Toney is measured at 3/2 (2.25) to open his Premier League account this Friday.
Mikel Arteta will be hoping that pre-season friendlies are not true indicators of the season ahead. Arsenal line up for the opening game against Brentford off the back of two losses against London rivals Chelsea (1-2) and Tottenham (1-0).
Toothless in their attempts to break into the top six last year, for the first time in 26 years, the Gunners line up for a season without European competition. Although a devastating blow in terms of club standing and finance, Arsenal players will now enjoy the freedom of a reduced fixture list when compared to their rivals – a bonus that could help them collect a few more points in their Premier League fight.
Arsenal have used the summer transfer window to bolster their squad with the likes of Ben White, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Nuno Tavares. Although they may prove to be positive additions to the team, there is a consensus around the Emirates Stadium that further business must be done to reach the fans’ ambitions.
While it is unlikely that any incoming business occurs before their opening fixture against Brentford, Mikel Arteta should have enough firepower to avoid getting stung by The Bees and claim an already crucial three points – with fixtures against the Champions League winners, Chelsea, and Premier League reigning champions, Manchester City, up next.
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