The clash between Brentford and Arsenal starts this Sunday’s shortened Premier League schedule, with the hosts looking to continue their excellent start to the season by repeating the victory of the last campaign.
There’s bound to be a cracking atmosphere at the Gtech Community Stadium. The Bees have proved that they do pose a real threat, with leading striker Ivan Toney having been rewarded for his five goals already this season with an England call up.
However, Arsenal have improved a lot from 12 months ago and have the incentive of a return to the top of the table with a victory. It’s true they lost last time out, but the 3-1 scoreline against Manchester United didn’t necessarily reflect how the game went as Arsenal dominated for large periods and should’ve been ahead numerous times.
One of the positive for the Gunners that emerged out of the United defeat was that Bukayo Saka opened his scoring for the season. He is one of Arsenal’s main penalty-takers, converting from the spot in wins over United and Chelsea towards the end of last season, and we’ll take him to score first today.
The second game sees Everton take on West Ham at Goodison Park.
Both teams are struggling so far this season, but there have been signs of improvement. West Ham’s last two league performances, in a 1-1 draw with Tottenham and an unfortunate 2-1 loss at Chelsea, have been encouraging, while Everton have drawn their last four league games after losing their first two by one-goal margins against Chelsea and Aston Villa.
The Toffees competed well for a goalless derby draw at home to Liverpool last time and may be fresher after two weeks without a fixture. The form of Anthony Gordon has also helped lift the mood, and we think the youngster’s pace will cause the Hammers difficulties. We’ll take him to score anytime this afternoon.
Brentford/Arsenal: Saka to score first, 1 pt, at 15/2, widely available
Everton/West Ham: Gordon to score anytime, 1 pt, at 4/1, William Hill