2021-22 Premier League: Week Nine – Brentford vs Leicester

Brentford welcome Leicester to Brentford Community Stadium in a tasty untelevised Super Sunday clash.

Victory could put Brentford as high as fifth, whereas Leicester can leapfrog the Bees with a win and go eighth.

 

Team News

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Vitaly Janelt is ruled out for Brentford with a thigh injury which forced him to miss last weekend’s defeat to Chelsea.

Yoane Wissa (ankle), Mads Sorensen (knee), Josh Dasilva (hip) and Shandon Baptiste (shoulder) also remain ruled out.

Leicester could be without Youri Tielemans after the Belgian midfielder suffered back spasm in Wednesday’s dramatic seven-goal Europa League thriller at Spartak Moscow.

Ayoze Perez missed the trip to Russia after feeling slightly unwell but is set to return here but Timothy Castagne (thigh) and Jonny Evans (foot) face late fitness tests.

Marc Albrighton however suffered a knock in Moscow and joins Wilfred Ndidi (hamstring), Nampalys Mendy (groin), James Justin (knee) and Wesley Fofana (leg) on the Foxes’ injury list.

 

Stat Attack

  • This is Brentford’s first-ever Premier League meeting against Leicester.
  • Brentford are winless in their last eight meetings against Leicester in all competitions (D1, L7).
  • Leicester won their only previous visit to Brentford Community Stadium, as they won 3-1 last season in Fourth Round en route to winning 2020-21 FA Cup
  • No Premier League player has won more aerial duels than Brentford’s Ivan Toney this season, with the striker winning 52 of his 88 aerial duels.
  • Leicester are yet to score any league goals from a header this season.

 

Prediction

Although Brentford should feel disappointed with last weekend’s loss to Chelsea, they would of learned a lot from facing top-quality opposition because everything but their finishing was on form which can sometimes happen for any team.

Leicester meanwhile were simply clinical in their win over Manchester United last weekend with excellent pressing, runs and finishing, yet were defensively caught out at times which was the case again in midweek at Spartak Moscow despite eventually prevailing 4-3 through four Patson Daka goals.

In fact, I am really excited for this match because both teams can be fantastic in attack and work rate so I do expect a scrappy see-saw contest packed with goals galore, although Brentford’s defence does seem more focused and in sync with the rest of team which could well be crucial.

Prediction: Brentford 3-2 Leicester

Result: Brentford 1-2 Leicester

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