Brentford return to Premier League action on Sunday afternoon, as they welcome Rafa Benitez and Everton to TW8.
The Bees arrive back on home soil on the back of a thrilling 3-3 draw against Newcastle, ending a run of four successive league defeats. They took the lead twice at St James’ Park, but were pegged back and Thomas Frank will be hoping the same lapse of defensive concentration, don’t creep back into Brentford’s game tomorrow as they seek a first league win at home since the opening day.
Tomorrow is just the start of what is set to be a very hectic week. A home game against Everton tomorrow, followed by successive away games against Tottenham and Leeds. It’s clear the Bees will need a fully fit squad, and there was positive news on the injury front in Frank’s press conference.
He confirmed Mads Bech, Mathias Jensen and Yoane Wissa will all be available for selection, with David Raya, Zanka and Kristoffer Ajer the only notable absentees.
So who will be in the starting XVI for the clash against the Toffees tomorrow?
football.london Brentford writer Uzzi Majid believes there won’t be wholesale changes, but would be tempted to bring two players in.
Uzzi Majid – Brentford FC reporter
As Brentford approach a busy week of three games coupled with a busy festive period, this is a perfect opportunity to reintegrate some players back into the first team.
Despite a shaky start with eight goals conceded, Alvaro Fernandez will start in goal but there could be a change in central defence which could be of use to Brentford in one particular area.
With Thomas Frank confirming Zanka is likely to miss tomorrow’s game, he did go on to confirm Mads Bech will be available for selection. Given the Dane has a good long throw which paid dividends against Arsenal for Christian Norgaard’s header, he would be a good option to start. The only risk being is that it would be his first ever Premier League start, also coupled with the fact he hasn’t played since August 24.
It would leave a choice of either him and Charlie Goode, but given Frank chose Mads Roerslev over Goode to play as a centre half at Newcastle, it wouldn’t be totally surprising if Frank gave Bech the nod to start tomorrow.
The midfield battle will be key, with Christian Norgaard and Vitaly Janelt set to start. The question being who accompanies them in a midfield trio? It’s either a case of Shandon Baptiste and Frank Onyeka, with the Nigerian being the more likelier option. Onyeka has been the engine in the Bees’ midfield, driving forward when possible and assuming he’s fit, he should start.
Since returning from a long-term injury, Baptiste has also been superb but having just returned from a dislocated shoulder last weekend, it’s best that he starts on the bench and slowly integrates back into the first team. He will certainly have more chances to stake his claim, and based on his performances, he won’t have to wait long.
Brentford will certainly stick with Ivan Toney and Bryan Mbeumo, with the duo causing problems for Newcastle last week. They will relish their chances charging at Everton’s defence, which has conceded 19 league goals so far. However, there is more good news on the attacking front, with Thomas Frank confirming Yoane Wissa will be on the bench along with Marcus Forss. The Congo international has been superb and sorely missed for Brentford, and Frank and the fans will be hoping he can conjure up more magic tomorrow.
Uzzi’s team: Fernandez; Mads Bech, Jansson, Pinnock; Canos, Onyeka, Norgaard, Janelt, Henry; Mbeumo, Toney
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