Everton got off to the best possible start under Sean Dyche, beating Arsenal 1-0 in his first game in charge, but the Toffees have struggled since and are currently fighting a losing battle against relegation. The Toffees have also beat Leeds United 1-0 during Dyche’s reign but remain in the relegation zone, behind the Yorkshire side on goal difference having played a game more.
Those two victories have been joined by three defeats and a draw since Dyche took charge, and the Toffees are currently three games without a win in the Premier League. The current run started with a 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa and continued as Arsenal got their revenge with a 4-0 thrashing at the Emirates. The losing run was brought to an end last time out but Everton will still have felt disappointed with their draw against Brentford.
It’s perhaps not the best time, then, for them to face the team with the longest unbeaten run in the Premier League. A 3-2 win over Fulham on Monday meant that Brentford are now unbeaten in their past 12 matches, winning six and drawing six in a run which has seen them play Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City.
One too many draws means Brentford aren’t as high as they would have liked to be but the Bees are still in a good position with 14 games left to play. Thomas Frank’s side are ninth, just three points behind sixth-placed Newcastle United in the quest for European football. With Manchester United winning the EFL Cup, sixth is likely to be enough for at least the Europa Conference League and Brentford have as many as two games in hand on a few of their fellow European hopefuls.
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Everton vs Brentford match stats
There is often a lot of focus in this Brentford side on Ivan Toney but in recent times Mathias Jensen has been turning up. Only Toney (18) has been directly involved in more Premier League goals for Brentford this season than Jensen’s eight, and the Danish midfielder has scored three times in his past six matches in the competition.
This weekend’s game will see two of the Premier League’s busiest goalkeepers facing off in David Raya and Jordan Pickford. Raya has made more saves than any other goalkeeper in the Premier League this season and is the only one to hit the 100+ milestone, currently on 103. Pickford, meanwhile, is third for saves in the Premier League with 85 and may be more tested given the fire power this weekend.
27 August 2022 – Brentford 1-1 Everton – Premier League
15 May 2022 – Everton 2-3 Brentford – Premier League
5 February 2022 – Everton 4-1 Brentford – FA Cup
28 November 2021 – Brentford 1-0 Everton – Premier League
21 September 2010 – Brentford 1-1 Everton – EFL Cup
Everton and Brentford have only met five times this century, with the Bees enjoying the more positive results. It started with Brentford knocking Everton out of the EFL Cup in 2010 and the Bees are unbeaten in the Premier League with two wins and one draw. Everton’s only win over Brentford in that run came in the FA Cup last year at the start of Frank Lampard’s reign.