BRE vs ARS Dream11: The wait is over! Brentford host Arsenal on Friday to kick off Premier League 2021/22. The newly-promoted side finished third in the Championship last season and qualified for the big league by beating Swansea in the play-offs. This will be Brentford’s first game in 75 years in the top flight. They are heading into this game with four wins, one loss and a draw against Manchester United in pre-season.
Meanwhile, Arsenal has been winless in the pre-season, suffering back to back losses against London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham. They have not really bolstered their squad yet except signing Ben White for 50 million pounds from Brighton. The Gunners will take comfort in the fact that they have not lost an away opening day fixture since 2000. We can expect an electric atmosphere tonight and hope for an exciting clash.
Date: August 14, Saturday
Kick-Off: 00:30 AM (IST)
Venue: Brentford Community Stadium
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The two sides will be meeting in a league fixture for the first time since 1947. Arsenal beat Brentford 3-1 in their last game in a Carabao Cup meeting in 2018.
Injury Report and Unavailability: Josh Dasilva and Mathias Jensen will miss Brentford’s first-ever Premier League match through injury. Ivan Toney has shrugged off a neck problem and will start.
Expected Changes and Strategy: D Raya should be starting at goal, while K Ajer, P Jansson, E Pinnock are expected to be the three centre backs. S Canos and R Henry should operate as full-backs. V Janelt, C Norgaard, and F Onyeka could feature in the midfield region. I Toney will start up front with B Mbeumo for company.
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David Raya, Sergi Canos, Kristoffer Ajer, Pontus Jansson, Ethan Pinnock, Rico Henry, Vitaly Janelt, Christian Norgaard, Frank Onyeka, Bryan Mbeumo, Ivan Toney,
Injury Report and Unavailability: Arsenal will be without Thomas Partey, Gabriel Magalhaes and Eddie Nketiah. Aubameyang and Lacazette are doubts for this game due to illness.
Expected Changes and Strategy: B Leno should be starting at goal, while C Chambers, B White, P Mari, K Tierney are expected to form the backline. New signing A Sambi Lokonga should slot in with G Xhaka at the centre of the park. N Pepe and B Saka should start wide with E Smith Rowe behind striker G Martinelli.
Bernd Leno, Calum Chambers, Ben White, Pablo Mari, Kieran Tierney, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Granit Xhaka, Nicolas Pepe, Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli.
Ivan Toney is the pick of the bunch from the home side. The Bees Talisman wrote his name into the history books as he fired in a record 31 goals in the Championship last season. He also supplied 10 assists.
Bukayo Saka could be crucial for the home side. The youngster had five goals and five assists last season.
Emile Smith Rowe could be a powerful differential choice. The young Arsenal star nailed a starting berth in the latter part of last season and is poised to shine this year.
GK: D Raya
DEF: K Ajer, K Tierney, B White,
MID: N Pepe, C Norgaard, E Smith Rowe, B Saka, G Xhaka
FOR: I Toney, B Mbeumo
Where to Watch: The match will be available on the Star Sports Network and Hotstar.
Brentford Community Stadium will be rocking tonight as the Bees start their journey in the top tier. Arsenal has experience on its side and should have enough to ward off any challenge. However, The BRE vs ARS Today Match Prediction odds are in favour of a score draw.