London rivals Brentford and West Ham continue their pre-season preparations with a friendly clash at the Brentford Community Stadium on Saturday at 3pm (UK time).
The Bees are unbeaten in four friendlies so far this summer as they prepare for their first-ever Premier League campaign, while the Hammers are also yet to lose ahead of their return to European football.
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Is Brentford vs West Ham on TV?
- UK: BT Sport 1
- US: N/A
Scoreline prediction: Brentford 1-2 West Ham
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Brentford vs West Ham build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
After winning the Championship playoffs last season, Brentford have enjoyed a positive summer of preparations, beating AFC Wimbledon, Boreham Wood and Watford before drawing 2-2 with Manchester United at Old Trafford last time out. This is the Bees’ penultimate clash before they kick off their maiden Premier League campaign, with a tie against Spanish giants Valencia to come next weekend.
Equally, West Ham have been in decent form this summer, winning three and drawing two of their friendlies including a resounding 6-2 defeat over Celtic last weekend. After this clash, David Moyes’ men have a challenging fixture against Italian side Atalanta next week before they begin the new season away at Newcastle United on August 15th.
- Brentford (vs Manchester United): Raya; Roerslev, Goode, Pinnock, Thompson; Janelt, Baptiste; Fosu, Haygarth, Canos; Toney.
- West Ham (vs Celtic): Fabianski; Fredericks, Dawson, Ogbonna*, Cresswell; Noble, Fornals; Bowen, Lanzini, Benrahma; Antonio.
New signing Kristoffer Ajer didn’t feature against Man Utd but could come into the side here. Angelo Ogbonna picked up a knock against Celtic and could sit this one out, though that would only be a precautionary measure.
Player to watch: Ivan Toney (Brentford)
As the new season draws closer, it looks increasingly clearer that Ivan Toney will remain a Brentford player — a prospect that’ll leave fans breathing a huge sigh of relief.
If the Bees are to become a Premier League mainstay, Toney simply must continue his incredible form from the Championship, where he scored 33 goals last season.
The last English strikers to come up to the Premier League and taste success were Ollie Watkins and Patrick Bamford, who scored 14 and 17 goals, respectively, last season. But Toney already has his sights set higher than that, with a “crazy” season in store.
“I won’t tell you my target but it is higher than 14 and 17,” he told The Athletic. “I feel like if you aim higher and you come up just short, you will be alright. You have to aim crazy. I want to achieve something crazy.”
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