Brentford vs EvertonEnglish Premier League, KO: 17:30 Sep 23, 2023, Brentford Community Stadium
BRENTFORD and Everton both suffered narrow 1-0 defeats at the weekend, but there's little doubt that the hosts are in a better place ahead of Saturday's showdown.
After five games of the season, Brentford find themselves in a comfortable mid-table position and there's every chance that's where they will end up at the end of the campaign, although they do have ambitions to get into Europe for the first time.
They matched Newcastle United at St James'Park for long periods at the weekend and only lost out to a penalty.
For Everton, there is light at the end of a bleak tunnel for them after a new ownership 777 Partners was announced much to the delight of the Evertonian fan base who have been demanding change for years.
With a new stadium to move in, the future looks bright off the pitch, but on it another grim struggle for survival appears to be a certainty.
Although they only lost by a goal at home to Arsenal, they were second best and pinned back for long periods. And while that's no disgrace against Arsenal, they were the first elite team in the league they have faced having collected just one point in their other games against Fulham, Wolves, Aston Villa and Sheffield United.
How the bookies view it
Brentford are odds-on here….but only just. They can be backed at 10/13 with 10Bet.
Recent head to heads
Last season the sides drew 1-1 in London while Everton sneaked a 1-0 win at Goodison Park.
Everton's last win at Brentford was at their old Griffin Park home in 1952! Although it should be pointed out they've only played on four occasions since.
Players to watch
DR Congo striker Yoane Wissa introduced himself to the Brentford faithful by netting in his first two games of the season against Spurs and Fulham, but hasn't scored since, despite averaging four shots per game – the fifth highest in the league. He is 21/10 with bet365 to change that.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin made his return for Everton against Arsenal, although he was feeding on scraps. He hasn't scored yet on his two games for the club and is 10/3 with bet365 to score anytime.
Anything else catch the eye?
Brenford look bankers here at anything approaching evens. Everton look to have a dearth of quality all over the pitch and it's a struggle to see where their next win is coming from.
While Brentford aren't quite top class yet, they are usually strong at home, although they have drawn all three of their league games there so far.
It's hard to see too many goals in this either and it could be a narrow home win. Take a chance on Boylesports' 16/5 on Brentford to win and under 2.5 goals.
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