Preview: Aston Villa vs Brentford – prediction, team news, lineups
Looking to maintain his undefeated start in the Premier League, Brentford will travel to Aston Villa in the third week of the match on Saturday afternoon.
Dean Smith’s team advanced in the EFL Cup with a 6-0 beating of Barrow in the middle of the week, while the Bees also advanced with a 3-1 win over the Forest Green Rovers.
There may be a new name in town following the departure of Villa talisman Jack Grealish, as 20-year-old forward Cameron Archer took home the match ball after scoring a hat-trick in his team’s victory. 6-0 in the cup over Barrow, where Anwar El Ghazi (two) and Frederic Guilbert also made the net vibrate.
Life without Grealish got off to the worst possible start for Smith with that 3-2 loss to Watford in the opening weekend, but the Villans found their groove in front of the home crowd last weekend when El Ghazi and Danny Ings propelled Villa. to their first win of the season over Newcastle United.
Having struggled time and again to get over the line at home in early 2021, Villa has now taken seven points from the last nine on offer at Villa Park, while his four-goal tally from four shots on target represents the only 100% record. of this type in the 2021-22 Premier League.
Of course, Smith had a number of hits over Villa during his three years on the Brentford bench between 2015 and 2018, but the 50-year-old can’t let the sentiment creep into this weekend, especially with the hosts undefeated at the first Premier League encounters with the new ones. -Teams promoted since 2008.
Additionally, Villa has found the back of the net twice in each of his last five Premier League games; The last time they improved on that feat it was seven in a row during their title-winning 1980-81 season, potentially a promising start, but their opponents already have the look of an established Premier League team.
Crystal Palace fighting more than Arsenal against a newly promoted team should come as a surprise these days, as Thomas Frank’s team traveled to Selhurst Park fueled by a 2-0 opening day win over the Gunners against their home. . faithful.
However, the Bees were unable to sting the Eagles during a goalless draw in the second week of play, and Frank’s team freaked out quite a bit in the EFL Cup against Forest Green, as Jack Aitchison’s first game saw the team League Two win 1-0. lead to the halftime break.
Forced to call in some of the greats, Brentford found himself leveled at the hour mark through newcomer Yoane Wissa before Bryan Mbeumo and Marcus Forss finally saved his side from the shame of a giant Cup murder. EFL.
With four points and two clean sheets to show in two Premier League games so far this season, Brentford has shown that they are here to stay and now have a chance to become the third newly promoted team in the history of the Premier League to start a season. with three clean straight sheets.
Villa failed to win any of his six Championship encounters with Brentford between 2016 and 2019, but while the Bees managed to claim three victories at home, the other three encounters at Villa Park ended with shared spoils.