The Bees will be desperate to get off to a flying start in their first-ever Premier League game and the first in the top division in 74 years. Ivan Toney and Bryan Mbeumo will be the key to their success.
Arsenal did their summer business early to fill gaps in the squad and should make at least two debuts tonight but Mikel Arteta will need a quick start to avoid further questions about his future.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Brentford vs Arsenal is scheduled for tonight – Friday, August 13, 2021 – at 8:00 p.m. BST at Brentford Community Stadium.
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Where can you see Brentford versus Arsenal?
TV Channel: Today’s game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event.
Live Stream: Sky Sports subscribers can watch the game online through the website or the Sky Go app.
Brentford v Arsenal team news
Toney is fit and ready for the Premier League opener, which is a huge boost for the new Brentford boys.
Former Arsenal youngster Josh Dasilva, however, was excluded from the Bees’ only real setback with a hip problem.
Arsenal have to do without Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette because they are not doing well.
English striker Bukayo Saka, who returned to training last week after a vacation after Euro 2020, could start on the left and Gabriel Martinelli or Folarin Balogun should lead the line.
The Gunners’ Premier League debuts are expected to pass to summer signings Ben White and Albert Sambi Lokonga.
Arsenal (4-2-31): Lathe operator; Chambers, Weiss, Mari, Tierney; Lokonga, Xhaka; Pepe, Smith Rowe, Saka; Martinelli.
Brentford (3-5-2): Raya; Ajer, Jansson, Pinnock; Canos, Onyeka, Norgaard, Janelt, Henry; Mbeumo, Toney
Brentford vs Arsenal prediction
Brentford fans will rock the stadium for their Premier League bow and the players will benefit from it.
Arsenal were already in that situation when they visited newly promoted Fulham on the opening day of last season and brushed them aside.
This Bees squad will remain a mystery for the first few weeks of the season but are more than capable of beating an Arsenal team with a weak core and weaker defense.
Arteta will hope that its summer business will pay off quickly.
I go for a 2-2 tie.
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Head-to-Head (h2h) course and results
- Brentford wins: 5th
- Draws: 4
- Arsenal wins: 4
Betting odds and tips
- Brentford wins: 7/2
- Draw: 14/5
- Arsenal wins: 10/11