Match Preview: Brentford vs. Everton
By Milosz Kokosza
Brentford will host Everton on Sunday afternoon in the Premier League. Both teams will seek
to grab their first league win in over eight weeks. The clash at Brentford Community Stadium
in West London will be the first league encounter between the clubs in over 67 years.
The two sides come in to the game on the same run of form. In the last 5 fixtures, both teams have
earned only one point - drawing one and losing four games, and conceding eleven goals. That leaves
them in the middle of the table, with Brentford sitting 14th - just two points behind 11th Everton. The
potential victory on Sunday afternoon can move each team back to the top half of the table.
Brentford FC vs. Leicester City at Brentford Community Stadium, London, 2021. Photo credit:
Brentford, who have won three and drawn four of 12 Premier League games this term, will try to get
back on the winning track this weekend. The Bees were close doing this last Saturday against
Newcastle United, as goals from Ivan Toney, Rico Henry and Jamal Lascelles had given Brentford the
lead twice, but the Magpies recovered from the deficit to share points in a thrilling 3-3 draw.
However, the recent home form of the West London side could be worrying. The Bees have lost the
last three league games at Brentford Community Stadium and won only once - against Arsenal in the
Premier League opener back in August.
Everton, on the other hand, come into the game on the back of a 3-0 defeat to Manchester City at
Etihad Stadium. It was Everton’s third defeat in six away from home games this season. In the
remaining three matches, Rafa Benitez’s side have earned 5 points, beating Brighton & Hove Albion
and drawing with Leeds and Manchester United. Now the Toffees will travel to West London seeking
their potential return to the top half of the table. However, the absence of the manager’s first-choice
forwards - Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison, might make it more difficult.
Sunday meeting between Brentford and Everton will be their first meeting in the Premier League and
the first league meeting in 67 years. Given this is Brentford's first top flight season in 74 years, the
teams have not met in the league since 1954. Yet, the two sides have been competing in the same
division in the 1930s, 40s and 50s with seven games won by each. The only non-league match
between Brentford and Everton since the 1950s came in the 2010/11 EFL Cup third round, when the
Bees beat the Toffees in penalties.
The Sunday encounter between the two sides could see both teams moving up the table. The potential
victory could lead the hosts up to 10th place, while Everton might move to the 8th spot. However,
Brentford’s defeat on Sunday afternoon can find them right above the relegation zone.