Brentford and Everton started their respective Premier League campaigns like a house on fire, with the Bees losing just one of their opening seven contests, while the Toffees mirrored that sequence, but since matchday eight it has been a downward trajectory for both clubs, placing a huge emphasis on this showdown.
Thomas Frank’s newly-promoted Brentford famously put Arsenal to the sword in their curtain raiser, while also collecting the scalps of West Ham, Wolves and drawing 3-3 with Liverpool in their autumnal purple patch, but since losing 1-0 to Chelsea, they’ve gone winless in their proceeding four games, losing three.
Everton meanwhile needed no time to adjust to a former Liverpool favourite in the dugout, with Rafa Benitez overseeing a promising start, but the Toffees are now winless in six, which includes some utter capitulations to Watford (5-2) and Man City (3-0). The Goodison Park terraces are starting to get anxious.
The good news for Everton is that they have won five of their last six Premier League games in London, which is as many as they had in their previous 32 visits to the capital, though they have collected the fewest points of any side in the last six games, making this a fascinating showdown between two struggling sides.
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Brentford vs Everton: Match Stats
Ivan Toney smashed the Championship record for most goals in a single season last term, though so far he has failed to translate that form to the big time, netting only three goals in 12 matches. However, the robust marksman brings so much more to the table than goals alone. He currently leads the way in the Premier League for most aerial duels won (69), and given Jordan Pickford’s occasional susceptibility from crosses, Brentford will no doubt be targeting the skies.
However, any such aerial bombardment may unfold after the break. The Bees are notorious slow starters in the Premier League, so far conceding more goals in the first half of games (11) than any other side. In fact, they have shipped the highest share before half-time (65%), so Benitez may very well target and opening onslaught to exploit any early sleepwalkers in the Brentford team.
24 Feb 1954 – Everton 6-1 Brentford – Division Two
03 Oct 1953 – Brentford 1-0 Everton – Division Two
07 Feb 1953 – Everton 5-0 Brentford – Division Two
20 Sep 1952 – Brentford 2-4 Everton – Division Two
This is the first meeting between Brentford and Everton in any competition since September 2010. David Moyes’ men met Andy Scott’s Brentford (then a League One club) in the Third Round of the League Cup, which finished 1-1 at Griffin Park, with Seamus Coleman getting on the scoresheet, before the hosts advanced on penalties with a 4-3 shootout win.