Brentford vs ArsenalEFL Cup, KO: 19:45 Sep 27, 2023, Brentford Community stadium
Arsenal begin their Carabao Cup campaign with a third round clash against an out of sorts Brentford. The Gunners will be keen to make a solid start and should have the upper hand against the Bees, who have struggled to find their best form lately.
Brentford needed penalties to see off League Two side Newport County in the previous round of the Carabao Cup. A late effort from Mathias Jensen was canceled out by the hosts before the Bees completed the win in the shootout.
Although Brentford eventually came out victorious, they were far from their best and that performance has been a familiar thread in their campaign so far. Thomas Frank’s men have claimed just one regulation time victory across all competitions this season.
Things appear to have gotten worse for Brentford in recent weeks as they have lost their last two matches. They were beaten 1-0 by Newcastle United before suffering a 3-1 home defeat to Everton in a Premier League fixture last weekend.
Arsenal drew a bye from the previous rounds of the Carabao Cup and will be making their first appearance in this season’s competition. Having crashed out early last term, they will be keen to go further this time around and will consider this a genuine opportunity for silverware.
The Gunners are enjoying a fine start to the season and are yet to taste defeat across all competitions so far. However, they travel to Brentford off the back of a 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur in a Premier League fixture last weekend, throwing away the lead twice.
Arsenal have also impressed on their recent travels, winning their last two away matches. While Mikel Arteta’s men generally show some defensive vulnerability as evidenced by the North London derby, they have kept clean sheets in both wins on the road.
How the bookies view it
The bookies have installed Arsenal as overwhelming favourites with a win priced at evens with Coral. Brentford are considered outsiders at home at 11/4 with bet365 while a draw is set at odds of 14/5 by Paddy Power.
Head to head
Arsenal have a 6-5 advantage with four draws from 15 previous matches against Brentford. The Gunners are unbeaten in the last three meetings and claimed a 3-0 victory on their last visit to the Brentford Community stadium.
Players to watch
Bryan Mbeumo has been a bit quiet in recent weeks but remains Brentford’s most dangerous attacker. The Cameroon forward has four goals this season and could be worth keeping an eye on tk score anytime at 5/2 with William Hill.
Gabriel Jesus was hooked in the second half last Sunday and could return to the starting line-up on Wednesday. The striker scored on his last visit to the Brentford Community Stadium and is priced at 5/2 by William Hill to find the net.
Anything else catch the eye?
Arsenal and Brentford saw over 3.5 goals in their respective fixtures at the weekend and a similar outcome is priced at 15/8 with Paddy Power. Over 2.5 goals could also be considered at 8/11 with 10bet while both teams could be backed to score at 4/6 with William Hill.
The Gunners scored in both halves on their last visit to the Brentford Community Stadium and could be set for a similar pattern at 9/5 with Paddy Power.
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