Brentford will be looking to put their FA Cup defeat to West Ham behind them and extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League to seven matches against a Bournemouth side have lost each of their last five games across all competitions. The Bees last enjoyed a longer run without defeat in the top-flight between December 1937 and January 1938 (7) and could end the day in 7th place if results go their way.
Thomas Frank’s men have the best shot conversion rate of any Premier League side so far this season (16.3%) and since the restart after the World Cup, the Bees have scored with 25% of their total shots in the competition (7 goals from 28 shots).
The Cherries, on the other hand, sit just one point above the relegation places going into this weekend’s fixtures and boast an awful recent away record in the top flight, losing 18 of their last 23 away Premier League matches, including each of the last four in a row. They’ve also kept just one clean sheet in this run, a 1-0 win at Chelsea in December 2019 and have conceded at least seven more away goals than any other Premier League side so far in 2022/23.
Bournemouth are also winless in their last seven away league games against Brentford (D4 L3), losing their last two visits in February 2015 and December 2020 and we aren’t expecting them to have any luck this time out at the Community Stadium either.
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Brentford vs Bournemouth Match Stats
Bournemouth goalkeeper Mark Travers has conceded 39 goals in 14 Premier League appearances so far and could become just the second keeper to concede 40+ goals in their first 15 games, after David Watson did so for Barnsley in the 1997-98 season (41). The Cherries have shipped 29 goals in their nine away Premier League matches this season, the joint most after nine away games in a season (also Sheffield Wednesday in 1999-00 and Burnley in 2009-10). Brentford, meanwhile have scored five goals in their last two home games in the Premier League against Tottenham (2) and Liverpool (3).
Ivan Toney will be licking his lips at the thought of facing this leaky Bournemouth defence, having already found the back of the net 12 times in his 16 Premier League appearances this term. The forward has found the back of the net in each of his last four games across all competitions (5 goals in total) and has seven goals in just nine appearances at the Community Stadium in 2022/23.
Only Erling Haaland (21) and Harry Kane (15) have found the net more times this season than the Brenford man and a goal here will see him set a new personal best for goals in a top flight season.