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Everton looking for first win of the season against talented Brentford side
Brentford to win 2-1
Tournament: Premier League 2022-2023 | Venue: Brentford, Brentford Community StadiumBet Now
Everton’s season could very quickly turn sour if they are not able to propel themselves away from the bottom three.
Despite earning their first point of the season, in a draw against newly promoted Nottingham Forest, things don’t look right at Goodison Park. They still haven’t managed to get in some of the players they’d like in the market.
Forward Anthony Gordon continues to be linked with a big-money move to Chelsea, although this is yet to materialise. If they lose him, they will struggle even further.
For Brentford, their ambitions were checked last weekend in a defeat to Fulham, who snatched a 90th minute winner.
They are scoring plenty of goals, however, and will fancy their chances at home here.
Reasons to be cheerful
Good home record in recent times
Have the intensity to make Everton suffer
Reasons to be fearful
Defeat against Fulham showed defensive weaknesses
They will fear a response from Everton
Perhaps it was natural to expect a downturn in form last weekend for Brentford, having spectacularly beaten Manchester United in their previous game.
Their spirits will have been high, but Fulham were able to capitalise on some poor defending to take a 2-0 lead. Brentford did well to work their way back into the game, and will have been disappointed to lose 3-2.
Nevertheless, they will come into this game with their confidence intact. Their home form is excellent of late, losing just once from their last six stretching back to February.
Unlike their opponents, they are scoring plenty of goals – indeed, only Arsenal and Man City have more than their nine so far.
They will back themselves to get a result against a struggling Everton here.
Star Man – Ivan Toney
Their topscorer last season has started this campaign in fine form, netting twice and providing two further assists. He’ll be vital for their chances of finishing in the top half this season.
Reasons to be cheerful:
Defensive acquisitions of Coady and Tarkowski should improve at the back
Midweek win in Carabao Cup could lift spirits
Reasons to be fearful:
Scoring goals is a problem right now – only two in three games
Lost their last two league games against Brentford
Everton have started this season in the same way in which they performed during the last campaign. They are a team without motivation and intensity and they are unlikely to move further up the table unless this changes.
One challenge they face is getting greater control of games. This is something which new signings Onana from Lille, Tarkowski from Burnley and Coady on loan from Wolves should be able to help with, as they start to gel.
Their next issue is scoring goals. With Richalison leaving to join Spurs, and Calvert-Lewin currently injured, finding a regular goalscorer among the rest of the squad is proving challenging, although Demarai Gray is stepping up on occasion.
Playing Brentford away has been difficult for many better teams than Everton, and you feel they could struggle with the intensity.
Star Man – Demarai Gray
Scored the equaliser against Nottingham Forest last weekend, before netting the winner in the midweek Carabao Cup clash with Fleetwood.
Possession to be shared evenly
Both teams to have chances
Home advantage will count for plenty for Brentford
When you consider that Brentford have only been in the Premier League for just over a season now, they have settled in remarkably quickly.
They no longer have the feel of a newcomer and that’s largely down to the performances they’ve put in, especially at the Community Stadium.
Their last game at home saw them thrash an abject Manchester United, although Everton will likely be harder to break down.
The Toffees have some solid players in defence now, who should help shore up that backline.
You’d expect Brentford to get something from this game, and could even go all out and claim three points.
Brentford to win 2-1
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