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Brentford FC vs Brighton & Hove Albion, Premier League 2022-2023, Today Match Prediction

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Brentford and Brighton both looking to rediscover winning touch after mixed results

  • Brentford have slowly slipped down the table after a strong start to the season
  • Two wins from their nine games, with just one coming in their last six
  • Brighton are winless under new manager De Zerbi, with one draw and one defeat

Brighton to win 1-0

Tournament: Premier League 2022-2023 | Venue: Brentford, Brentford Community Stadium

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As the season progresses, clubs are beginning to settle into more familiar positions after a frantic start to the campaign.

After the first two matches, Brentford found themselves in the Premier League’s top three teams, having earned a draw against Leicester and a thumping victory over Manchester United.

Since then, however, just one win has followed. That too was a thrashing, scoring five goals to beat Leeds in brilliant style. 

The Bees have slipped to 11th. Can they pull themselves into the top half?

Likewise, Brighton have just seen their form dip over the past few weeks, although they have played Liverpool and Tottenham in their last two games.

Their style of play is still there for all to see, of course. They play good football and, although they won’t find inside the top four this season, a top-half finish is a reality.

Can they win this one?

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Reasons to be cheerful:

     A slightly easier run of fixtures up until the World Cup

     Both wins have come at home this season

Reasons to be fearful:

     No goals from open play in last three games

     Poor home record against Brighton in recent years

While Brentford remain a good team, there have been some uncharacteristic performances from them over the opening nine games of the season so far.

The 5-1 defeat by Newcastle was a surprise last weekend, given how organised the Bees usually are. In truth, the Magpies ripped through them with ease at times.

Thomas Frank must go into this weekend’s game against Brighton with a number of missing players. 

Christian Norgaard, the midfielder who is usually so good at shielding the defence, remains out, as does Pontus Jansson and Keane Lewis-Potter.

It is Norgaard that Brentford will miss most, especially with the team leaking too many goals right now. Scoring goals is a problem too, having done so once from open play in three games, compared to 15 in the first six.

Star Man – Ivan Toney

There has been talk of a new contract being prepared for Toney after his brilliant start to the season. The 26-year-old has gone off their boil slightly of late, so must rediscover his form quickly.

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Reasons to be cheerful

     Two winnable games against Brentford and Forest now coming up

     Lost just one of their last six away to Brentford

Reasons to be fearful

     Have lost Enock Mwepu through early retirement

     Manchester City and Chelsea to play later this month

Brighton have a vitally important month coming up, which could shape the course of their season going forward under Roberto De Zerbi.

These next two games, against Brentford and Nottingham Forest, are games they must win if they hope to finish inside the top half this season.

After that, they face Manchester City and Chelsea, a team managed by their old boss Graham Potter. These are two games where they could realistically come away with nothing.

Their record against Brentford is positive. They’ve only lost once from their last six meetings in London, and they’ve won three of those fixtures.

The sad news this week is that Enock Mwepu has been forced into early retirement at the age of 24, due to a heart condition picked up by doctors recently. He’ll be a big miss for them in midfield.

Star Man – Leandro Trossard

The Belgian is playing with a real purpose right now and is one of Brighton’s best players in every game. 

     Brentford will need their home fans

     Both sides like to play on the front foot

     Brighton’s strong midfield could sway the balance

With these two teams winning just one of their last seven games combined, the onus is on both to turn around their mixed run of form.

Brighton have bigger expectations this season, judging by the start they have made and the progress they saw under Graham Potter before his departure. To finish in the top half, they must win games like this one.

Brentford have aspirations of their own but can only achieve them with strong form at home. That has been lacking this season, and they won’t find this easy either.

This should be a close game, but one that Brighton have the slightly upper hand. 

Brighton to win 1-0

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Author: Ross B.