The match between Brentford vs Brighton & Hove Albion, predictions, team news, and potential lineups.
When they meet at the Gtech Community Stadium on Friday night, both Brentford and Brighton & Hove Albion will be aiming to return to winning ways in the Premier League.
The Bees have not won any of their past three matches, but the Seagulls have yet to get three points under new manager Roberto De Zerbi.
Brentford vs Brighton: Game Statistics and Match preview
After losing 3-0 at home to Arsenal and drawing 0-0 with Bournemouth, Brentford suffered their biggest Premier League defeat last weekend when they fell 5-1 on the road against Newcastle United.
Ivan Toney’s penalty kick brought the score to 2-1 for the Bees, but Thomas Frank was “fuming” at his team’s capitulation at St. James’ Park, where a string of defensive miscues allowed Newcastle to cruise to victory.
Frank is now anticipating a response from his Brentford squad, who have won only one of their past seven Premier League matches and are currently in eleventh place, four points behind their forthcoming opponents Brighton in seventh.
Brentford will be pleased to return to Griffin Park, where they have collected seven of their 10 points so far this season, with a 1-1 draw against Everton sandwiching two convincing triumphs against Manchester United (4-0) and Leeds United (5-2).
However, the Bees have only won one of their last six home league games against Brighton, a 3-2 success in September 2014 when both teams were in the Championship.
Last Saturday, De Zerbi was unable to earn a victory on his debut at the Amex Stadium, as his Brighton side fell to Tottenham Hotspur by a score of 1-0.
After scoring three goals in an entertaining draw against Liverpool at Anfield, with Leandro Trossard collecting a spectacular hat-trick, the Seagulls failed to score for just the second time in 14 Premier League meetings against Tottenham.
Subsequently, De Zerbi’s team fell out of the top four, but a victory at Brentford will propel them back into the Champions League rankings, as they are only two points behind fourth-place Chelsea.
Brighton, who have earned seven points at home and on the road so far this season, travel to the Gtech Community Stadium following a 2-1 loss to Fulham at Craven Cottage at the end of August, which ended a seven-game unbeaten streak in the capital.
However, the Seagulls are unbeaten in their past four away matches against Brentford, including a 1-0 triumph in September of last season, and they will be eager to take advantage of the Bees on Friday.
Brentford vs Brighton Starting Lineup Prediction
Brentford trio Pontus Jansson (hamstring), Christian Norgaard (Achilles), and Keane Lewis-Potter (ankle/foot) missed the loss at Newcastle and are set to be unavailable on Friday, while backup goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha has joined them with an ankle injury.
Ethan Pinnock had his first game of the season last weekend after returning from injury, but he had a day to forget at St James’ Park as he made a mistake that contributed to Newcastle’s fourth goal and then scored an own goal in stoppage time. Mathias Jorgensen is an alternative that Frank might call upon if the 29-year-old is unable to retain his position alongside Ben Mee and Kristoffer Ajer at center-back.
Vitaly Janelt could return to the starting lineup at the expense of Shandon Baptiste or Josh Dasilva, while Mikkel Damsgaard and Yoane Wissa will remain on the bench as cover for both Toney and Bryan Mbeumo.
As for Brighton, they announced on Monday that their 24-year-old midfielder Enock Mwepu has been forced to retire from football due to an inherited heart disease.
Jakub Moder remains sidelined with a long-term knee injury, but De Zerbi has a fully-fit team to pick from for Friday’s match, and the Italian could be tempted to name the same starting XI for the third consecutive match.
Danny Welbeck has not scored in eight league games this season, but the 31-year-old is expected to start up front once more, with Trossard and Pascal Gross providing assistance.
Brentford possible starting lineup: Raya; Ajer, Mee, Jorgensen; Hickey, Jensen, Janelt, Dasilva, Henry; Mbeumo, Toney
Brighton & Hove Albion possible starting lineup: Sanchez; Veltman, Dunk, Webster; March, Mac Allister, Caicedo, Estupinan; Gross, Welbeck, Trossard.
Score Head to Head
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