Brentford vs Crystal PalaceEnglish Premier League, KO: 15:00 Aug 26, 2023, Brentford Community Stadium
A thrilling encounter could be on the cards as Brentford host Crystal Palace in a Premier League fixture on Sunday. Both teams are looking to build on positive starts to the campaign and with nothing to separate them in recent meetings, another exciting draw is expected.
Brentford have reasons to be pleased with their start to the season as they are yet to taste defeat after two matches. After playing out a 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur on opening weekend, they eased to a 3-0 victory at Fulham.
The great thing about Brentford’s campaign this season is that they do not appear to be missing suspended star striker Ivan Toney. Driven by Bryan Mbeumo, the Bees have scored five goals so far, although they have looked slightly suspect at the back.
Brentford often do their best work at home and have lost just once in their last 16 matches at the Brentford Community Stadium. However, there have been seven draws in that run, including a 1-1 scoreline with Crystal Palace in February.
Crystal Palace will be targeting a swift return to winning ways after suffering a 1-0 defeat to Arsenal in their previous Premier League fixture. They frustrated the Gunners for much of the contest and had their own attacking moments but could not find the breakthrough despite playing against 10 men.
The Eagles have their eyes on a top 10 finish this season after just missing out last term following their resurgence in the wake of Roy Hodgson’s reappointment as manager. They will be keen to move on from the defeat to Arsenal and build on the 1-0 victory at Sheffield United on the opening weekend.
The result at Sheffield United highlights a decent record on the road for Crystal Palace. They are unbeaten in four of their last six away matches stretching back to last season and will fancy their chances at the Brentford Community Stadium.
How the bookies view it
Brentford have the upper hand among the bookies, with a home win priced at 11/10 by Unibet. A victory for Crystal Palace is valued at 11/4 with BoyleSports while a draw is set at odds of 5/2 by William Hill.
Recent Head to Head
The last four matches between Brentford and Crystal Palace ended in draws. The two meetings last season ended in 1-1 scorelines.
Players to watch
Bryan Mbuemo already has three goals this season and has shown he can be the go-to-man for Brentford in the absence of Ivan Toney. The Cameroonian forward could be backed to score anytime at 11/5 by William Hill.
Eberechi Eze is the main man now that Wilfried Zaha has moved on and will be required to step up for Crystal Palace. The midfielder scored the opener in this fixture last season and could be tipped to find the net on Saturday at 4/1 with William Hill.
Anything else catch the eye?
There have been goals for both teams in their last two meetings and a repeat is tipped at 10/11 with bet365. Brentford saw over 3.5 goals in their last home fixture and Saturday’s clash can be tipped to follow a similar 3/1 bet365 while Paddy Power is offering odds of 11/10 for William Hill.
All the goals in the last two meetings came after the break, so the second half can be tipped as the highest scoring half at 6/5 with Paddy Power.
This English Premier League match between Brentford and Crystal Palace will be played on Aug 26, 2023 and kick off at 15:00. Check below for our tipsters best Brentford vs Crystal Palace prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.