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On January 14, Brentford Community Stadium (London) will host the match of the 20th round of the English Premier League, in which Brentford will compete with Bournemouth. The battle will start at 18:30 CET.
The club can now focus only on playing in the Premier League. Last weekend, it managed to lose in the home match against unstable West Ham – the only goal was scored by Benrahma. That was the end of the struggle in the FA Cup, and what about the championship, will there be any serious motivation? Thomas Frank’s wards, having played the half of the tournament, have shown that “the syndrome of the 2nd season” does not threaten them at all. On the other hand, a good number of the points and a comfortable place in the standings did not make the team relax in the winter part of the Premier League after the pause for the world Cup. On the contrary, “the Bees” were able to take 7 out of 9 possible points. Moreover, the result could have been better; leading with a 2-0 score in the match against Tottenham, the opponent was allowed to get a draw. At the same time, the team reached a confident 3-1 victory, beating Liverpool, which seemed to have gained momentum.
To tell the truth, the team looks miserable. It seems that right now everyone understands that the autumn successes were the merit of Scott Parker, who returned “the Cherries” from the Championship and prepared them well for the requirements of the Premier League, but was fired in August. Having used his practice, Gary O’Neil took a lot of points, and as a result, was thanked by granting the status of a coach without the prefix “interim”. Nowadays, in winter, a young and inexperienced specialist was unable to respond to the defeats properly. A 2-4 lost in the home match with Burnley has become the 5th no-point game in a row. Well, at least the battle with “the Clarets” was not goalless; the team did score, even twice – the previous matches with Newcastle, Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Manchester United were lost in a scoreless way.
The statistics of head-to-head matches
In May 2021, Brentford exchanged the victories with Bournemouth in the play-off but was able to qualify thanks to the goal difference: a 3-1 win after a 0-1 defeat. Taking into account the current season of the Premier League, the teams did not score at all – the October match resulted in a 0-0 draw.
Bookmakers consider Brentford to be the favourite of the battle. It will play at home with the opponent, who is suffering from the crisis. Thus, it is reasonable to bet on the victory of “the Bees” with “a -1 goal handicap” (odd: 2.17).
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