Brentford picked up a massive three points in their survival battle last weekend as an Ivan Toney hat-trick saw them defeat Norwich 3-1 at Carrow Road. It was a huge result that moved them to 27 points six ahead of their opponents here. The London outfit looked much improved for a new four at the back system and the return to fitness of Ivan Toney. The three Toney grabbed last week to take his tally for the season to nine.
At home, the Bees need to find some form having picked up just one point (a draw with Crystal Palace) from their last four. They need to start games faster here failing to grab the opener in any of their last seven. The visitors can take heart from the fact that Brentford have kept clean sheets in just two of their last 15 at this ground. It is a mixed run of fixtures at home remaning with three top ten sides and two bottom eight opponents.
Burnley suffered a second successive defeat last weekend when they lost 4-0 at home to Chelsea with all the goals coming after the break. Those defeats have put to an end a good run that had seen them lose just one of their last seven (and that defeat came to Liverpool). The loss of Ben Mee has clearly been felt by the Lanashire outfit with six goals conceded in the 140 minutes since his absence. His injury forces James Tarkowski to shift sides to a position he is not as comfortable with so be sure to keep on his status ahead of this game.
Away from Turf Moor, the Clarets are unbeaten in their last three which has seen draws at Palace and Arsenal and a 3-0 victory at Brighton. Aaron Lennon benefits on the road with two from his last five on his travels. Three of their last five and five of their last nine away games have seen both teams score. After this fixture, Burnley still have visits to Norwich and Watford in key relegation clashes.
Brentford vs Burnley: Match Stats
Both teams to score might seem a strange bet for two teams at the bottom but Burnley are leaking goals without Ben Mee. Brentford have kept just two home clean sheets in the last 15 so this one might be more open than anticipated. Five of their last six meetings (including the reverse fixture) have seen both teams net and that looks worth taking here.
One of the nice moments of last weekend was when Brandon Williams and Christian Eriksen embraced following a small scuffle on the sidelines. What was interesting to note was how late Eriksen was with his original tackle and it was not the only occasion. His new role means he sometimes has to make a recovery tackle (not his greatest strength) so his price to be shown a card is too high.
30 October 2021- Burnley 3-1 Brentford- Premier League
15 January 2016- Brentford 1-3 Burnley- Championship
22 August 2015 – Burnley 1-0 Brentford – Championship
24 April 2000 – Brentford 2-3 Burnley – League One
2 October 1999 – Burnley 2-2 Brentford – League One
It ended 3-1 to the Clarets in the reverse fixture on October 30th with Chris Wood, Matty Lowton and Maxwell Cornet all netting for the victors with Saman Ghoddos getting the consolation. It continues a good head-to-head record for Burnley who are unbeaten in six meetings with the Bees. These clashes tend to involve goals with six of the last seven seeing both teams net.