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MATCH PREVIEW: Brentford v Arsenal – predicted line-up, H2H and more

H2H stats, team news, predicted line-up, match prediction and more as Arsenal travel to Brentford in the EFL Cup on Wednesday.

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Arsenal are gearing up for a challenging Carabao Cup clash as they prepare to face Brentford in what promises to be an exciting midweek fixture. The Gunners will travel to the Brentford Community Stadium on Wednesday, September 27, 2023, with high hopes of kick-starting their campaign on a positive note.

In the previous season, Arsenal breezed through their trip to west London, but this time, they face a resolute Brentford side that has proven to be a formidable opponent for the big six since their entry into the Premier League in 2020.

Arsenal’s history in the Carabao Cup has been somewhat lackluster, with only two previous victories in the competition and just one appearance in the final over the last 12 years. Their last outing in the tournament saw them fall 3-1 to Brighton in the third round at the Emirates Stadium.

The mood around the club has been somber following a disappointing performance in the derby last Sunday, making Wednesday’s encounter crucial in boosting team morale. It was only last week when Arsenal celebrated a resounding victory in the return to Champions League action.

With the unpredictable nature of football, Mikel Arteta’s side could greatly benefit from a successful cup run against Brentford before their upcoming Premier League clash against Bournemouth.

Brentford, on the other hand, recently suffered their first defeat of the season with a 1-0 loss to Newcastle United following the international break, followed by a 3-1 home defeat against Everton. Nevertheless, they now have a prime opportunity to bounce back against Arsenal, who find themselves amidst a demanding fixture schedule.

Thomas Frank’s men produced an expected goals rate of 0.96 in their loss to Everton, significantly lower than their season average. Their defensive performance was also subpar, conceding an expected goals against rate of 2.14, a considerable increase from their average this season.

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Brentford’s strategy against Arsenal will likely involve an onslaught of crosses and getting the ball into the box, as they lead the league with an average of 2.5 shots per game within the six-yard box. Arsenal, having blocked the fewest crosses in the top flight at just 0.5 per game, could face challenges from Brentford’s tactics.

Recent Performance Analysis

Arsenal’s recent form includes a 2-2 draw with arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur and a 4-0 win against PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League. Arteta is expected to rotate the squad for the midweek fixture, potentially affecting their ball retention and short-passing game.

Brentford excels in inaccurate short passes, ranking third in the league, while Arsenal is fourth for accurate short passes. If Arteta fields a rotated side, they may find it challenging to maintain possession, which could play into Brentford’s strengths, including winning aerial duels and executing accurate long balls.

With these contrasting styles and the timing of the match, Brentford has a chance to recover from back-to-back league losses and make an impact in the Carabao Cup clash.

Head-to-Head Comparison:

Arsenal’s recent history against Brentford reflects their dominance, with only one defeat in their last eight encounters, a streak that stretches all the way back to the 1930s.

However, Arsenal have won six matches against the Bees and draw five times, while Brentford also have six wins against Arsenal.

Team News:

Both teams are grappling with injuries, but changes are expected in their lineups. Brentford is doubtful about Kevin Schade and cannot field Neal Maupay due to cup-tied status. Key attackers Bryan Mbeumo and Yoane Wissa are likely to start, while other players such as Saman Ghoddos, Frank Onyeka, Zanka, and Kristoffer Ajer may get opportunities.

Arsenal has received some positive injury updates but is not expected to feature Declan Rice, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, and Leonardo Trossard. Second-choice goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale will start, accompanied by Cedric Soares, Mohamed Elneny, Kai Havertz, Emile Smith Rowe, and Eddie Nketiah.

Date, Kick-off Time, and Venue 

The kickoff for the Brentford vs. Arsenal match is scheduled for 7.45pm BST on Wednesday, September 27, 2023.  

The game will not be televised in the UK.

The predicted Arsenal lineup: 

Ramsdale, Cedric, Saliba, Tomiyasu, Kiwior, Elneny, Jorginho, Smith Rowe, Vieira, Nelson, Havertz.

Predicted Full Time score: Brentford 0-2 Arsenal

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