Premier League Picks: Brentford vs. Arsenal Predictions

The Premier League season gets underway on Friday with Brentford vs. Arsenal. Don't miss EPL handicapper Alex Campean's OddsChecker debut, starting with his Brentford vs. Arsenal predictions and picks.
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Brentford vs. Arsenal Predictions & Betting Picks

Brentford vs. Arsenal - History In The Making

Complete Brentford vs. Arsenal odds

The Bees were the highest-scoring team in the Championship last season and for the 1st time in their history they will be playing in the Premier League. Their opening game against the Gunners will be their 1st top-flight league encounter after 74 years.

Their scouting abilities are amazing, they buy low and sell big. Just some examples: Ollie Watkins (transferred to Aston Villa for $40m), Said Benrahma (transferred to West Ham for $27m), Neal Maupay (transferred to Brighton for $27m), James Tarkowski (transferred to Burnley for $5m). For these 4 players they’ve spent $14m, that’s a $85m profit, huge for a Championship club.

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Brentford In Numbers

They scored 79 goals in 46 games last season in Championship, being the 4th defensive side in the league with 42 goals conceded in the process. But, from the 3 newly promoted teams (Norwich, Watford, Brentford) they conceded the most goals and they kept fewer clean sheets than Norwich and Watford.

Ivan Toney was crucial to Brentford’s promotion. He netted 31 goals (11 from penalties) in the regular season also setting up 10 goals. He’s brilliant in the air, clinical in the box, he possesses an amazing technique and he’s also a penalty taker. This might be his last season with Brentford as we expect him to bring his A game and move to a bigger club. Ivan Toney’s target for the 2021/22 season is to score at least 17 goals.

Brentford officially launched their club’s new home with a friendly game against La Liga’s Valencia beating them 2-1. Their new signing, the 23-year-old Nigerian midfielder Frank Onyeka from Midtjylland, scored the winning goal. Onyeka is a talented box-to-box player, having a great pace, power and ability to recover many balls.

What to expect from Arsenal

Top 4 finish? Probably not as they are competing with Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United. The club has been on a decline, finishing 8th last season with Mikel Arteta not having the capacity to improve the squad.

Slow pace, manipulating possession, long build-up play…This is not enough to play in the Champions League. Despite having an amazing attacking firepower with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette leading the line, they are struggling to score. They scored just 55 goals last term having the 2nd worst attack from the top 10 teams in the standings.

They already signed 3 players, Ben White, Nuno Tavares, and Albert Lokonga, continuing their transfer philosophy by recruiting young talents. The transfer window is still open, and Arsenal are trying to sign a 4th player. Leicester City's James Maddison is 1st on the list, a creative player, a number ‘8’ who can help in changing Arsenal’s system to a 4-3-3.

Arsenal failed to qualify for the European competition, which is a plus if you look at the big picture. They have more time to recover after the Premier League games and try to improve their results in the top-flight league.

Brentford vs. Arsenal Picks

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Of course, Brentford will be eager to impress and give their best in front of their fans for their 1st Premier League match on their new stadium. Brentford will be a great underdog this season, at least on their turf. They don’t have superstars in their squad, but they are playing with their soul, and they can pull off many upsets.

The atmosphere inside the stadium will definitely be electric with the fans pushing their team from the back and giving them a boost of energy. It’s always tough to play against a newly promoted team. The pressure is on Arsenal.

Gabriel, Partey, and Nketiah are sidelined with injuries while Ben White is likely to make his debut. Arsenal conceded in all their 6 pre-season friendlies losing 3 games in the process. We expect them to struggle once again at the back and fail to keep a clean sheet.

Despite not being at his best during pre-season, Aubameyang is expected to be the man with the goal and help his team kick-off the season with a win. He is priced at +400 with WilliamHill Sportsbook to be the 1st goalscorer, while Brentford’s forward Ivan Toney is priced at +600 with Unibet.

We expect goals from both sides so our top betting picks for Brentford vs. Arsenal are coming from the goals-market.

The Pick: Over 2.5 goals in the game @ -111

The Pick: Both teams to score YES @ -139

Brentford vs. Arsenal Odds

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Brentford: +320

Draw: +280

Arsenal: -111

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