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Looking for an unbeaten start to life in the Premier League, Brentford travel to Aston Villa in game week three on Saturday afternoon.
Dean SmithThe side advanced to the EFL Cup with a 6-0 win over Barrow midweek, while the Bees also advanced with a nerve-wracking 3-1 win over Forest Green Rovers.
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There may be a new name in town following the departure of Villa Talisman Jack Grealish, as a 20-year-old striker Cameron archer took the match ball home after scoring a hat trick in his team’s 6-0 Cup victory over Barrow Anwar El Ghazi (2 and Frederic Guilbert also made the net pucker.
Life without Grealish started in the worst possible way possible for Smith with the 3-2 loss to Watford on the opening weekend, but the Villans found their groove in front of a home crowd last weekend as El Ghazi and Danny Ings‘s breathtaking overhead kick brought Villa to their first win of the season against Newcastle United.
After Villa had repeatedly struggled to get over the line at home in early 2021, Villa has now picked up seven points from the last nine at Villa Park, while their record of four goals from four shots on goal is the only 100% record represents its kind in the Premier League 2021/22.
Of course, Smith scored several hits against Villa in his three years at the Brentford dugout between 2015 and 2018, but the 50-year-old can’t let the mood creep in this weekend, especially with the hosts in the first Premier League Meetings with new players have been unbeaten promotional teams since 2008.
In addition, in the last five Premier League games, Villa has found the net twice in each of the last five games; the last time they improved on that feat for the seventh consecutive year in their title-winning 1980/81 season – possibly a promising opening – but their opponents already have the looks of an established Premier League side.
Crystal Palace, fighting a newcomer stronger than Arsenal, should come as a surprise these days, there Thomas FrankThe team traveled to Selhurst Park on the back of a 2-0 win over the Gunners in front of their home fans.
The Bees, however, were unable to sting the Eagles during a dreary goalless stalemate in week two of the game, and Frank’s team was then quite startled in the EFL Cup against Forest Green when Jack Aitchison‘s start led the Liga Two team 1-0 into the half-time break.
Brentford was forced to visit some of the big boys and found himself right on time with newcomers Yoane Wissa before Bryan Mbeumo and Marcus Forss ultimately saved her side from the embarrassment of an EFL Cup giant murder.
With four points and two goals conceded from two Premier League games this season, Brentford has proven they are here to stay and now have the opportunity to start a season with as the third promoted player in Premier League history three straight clean sheets.
Villa failed to win any of their six championship meetings with Brentford between 2016 and 2019, but while the Bees took three wins on home turf, the other three encounters at Villa Park all ended in shared booty.
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Aston Villa boss Smith is “hopeful” Ollie Watkins will be fit in time to face his former club but the striker may have to wait until after the international break to return to the side Bertrand Traore.
Leon Bailey is rather dubious after his hamstring injury has flared up again while Trezeguet is long-term absent and Morgan Sanson is still building up his fitness after a knee injury.
After giving the youngsters the chance to impress mid-week, Smith will return to his strongest XI here, such as: Emiliano Martinez, Tyrone Mings, John McGinn and Emi Buendía all return to the fold.
Brentford boss Frank admitted a reassuring update Ethan Pinnock after an injury scare against Forest Green, however Mads Sorensen had to step down late in the first half with a knee problem and could be on the sidelines for a longer period of time.
However, Kristoffer Ajer and Pontus Jansson would always return to a three man defense here, with Sergi Canos and Rico Henry Return to their preferred broad roles.
Ivan Toney hasn’t scored in the Premier League after scoring 33 goals last season, but Frank is confident that the 25-year-old will soon find his groove alongside strike partner Mbeumo.
Aston Villa possible starting grid:
Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Jung; Luiz, McGinn, J. Ramsey; Buendia, Ings, El Ghazi
Brentford possible starting line-up:
Raya; Ajer, Jansson, Pinnock; Canos, Norgaard, Onyeka, Janelt, Henry; Toney, Mbeumo
Probability: Aston Villa 1-0 Brentford
Brentford’s defensive resilience will eventually be broken, and while Villa still has some concerns on the attack front, it’s hard to see Smith’s men not find the end of the net here.
The guests undoubtedly deserve credit for their solid start in big life, but their momentum could be stopped here as Smith’s side aim to take a hard-won victory.
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