Crystal Palace began life without Roy Hodgson last week, but new boss Patrick Vieira was handed one of the toughest possible starts with a trip to Stamford Bridge. The Eagles were unsurprisingly second best against Chelsea and returned home with no points after a 3-0 defeat to the Champions League holders.
Vieira has quite a job on his hands at Selhurst Park as he inherited an ageing and goal-shy squad from the departing Hodgson, but he has expressed a desire to make Palace more entertaining this season. He’ll surely be targeting a fixture against newly-promoted opponents as an opportunity to earn his first win here.
Brentford on the other hand couldn’t have asked for a better start to Premier League life last week. In their first top-tier fixture since the 1940s, the Bees earned a memorable 2-0 win over fellow Londoners Arsenal thanks to goals from Sergi Canos and Christian Nørgaard in the Friday night fixture.
Having worked so hard to earn this promotion to the Premier League, the club will surely be expecting to stay there this season and they have the quality to achieve that, but we’ll see how they cope with their first away fixture on Saturday in a game where they’ll feel more than capable of taking at least a point.
Crystal Palace vs Brentford: Match Stats
Crystal Palace have been known to struggle for goals in recent seasons and indeed, only two teams that managed to avoid the drop last season scored fewer than them in the Premier League. Brentford kept a clean sheet last weekend, while the Eagles failed to find the net in their trip to Stamford Bridge.
Only Aston Villa’s John McGinn picked up more yellow cards last season than Conor Gallagher. The midfielder spent last season on loan at West Bromwich Albion from Chelsea and was booked no fewer than 12 times and having missed out against his parent club last week following a loan switch to Crystal Palace, he’s likely to make his debut in this game and could mark it with yet another card to his name.
13 Apr 1962 – Brentford 4-2 Crystal Palace – League Division Three
07 Sep 1963 – Brentford 2-1 Crystal Palace – League Division Three
11 Jan 1964 – Crystal Palace 1-0 Brentford – League Division Three
13 Aug 1977 – Brentford 2-1 Crystal Palace – League Cup
16 Aug 1977 – Crystal Palace 5-1 Brentford – League Cup
This will be the first meeting between these two teams for almost 45 years and remarkably, the two clubs have never met in the league at a higher level than Division Three, which is now League One. That last meeting came in the League Cup, when the Eagles ran out 6-3 aggregate winners over a two-legged tie.