2021-22 Premier League: Week Ten – Burnley vs Brentford

Burnley look to continue their push to escape the relegation zone as Sean Dyche’s Clarets welcome Brentford to Turf Moor.

With Leeds not in action until Sunday afternoon, victory could see Burnley climb out of the relegation zone.

Brentford meanwhile could go as high as sixth depending on results elsewhere throughout Saturday’s action.

 

Team News

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Wayne Hennessey is a doubt for Burnley after suffering an ankle injury prior to Wednesday’s Carabao Cup exit against Tottenham.

Dale Stephens remains ruled out with an ankle injury.

Brentford could be without Bryan Mbeumo after he suffered a hamstring injury in last Sunday’s loss to Leicester.

Yoann Wissa (ankle), Ethan Pinnock (hip) and Vitaly Janelt (thigh) could return but David Raya is ruled out for five months with a knee injury.

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

 

Stat Attack

  • This is Burnley’s first-ever Premier League clash against Brentford.
  • Burnley are unbeaten in their last five league meetings against Brentford (W3, D2).
  • Brentford have won just one of their last five league visits to Turf Moor (W1, D2, L2).
  • No Premier League player has produced more blocks in this season’s opening nine matchweeks than Burnley’s James Tarkowski, who has created 14 blocks in nine league appearances.
  • Brentford have scored first in each of their last four away matches in all competitions (W3, D1).

 

Prediction

It is a shame to see Burnley still struggling in the relegation zone because their attack has shown considerable improvements in recent matches, which was evident in their entertaining comeback draw at Southampton yet defending does continue to be their biggest weakness at present.

Brentford meanwhile just haven’t really got going since the international break because it was finishing that first cost them a fortnight ago, followed by poor defending last weekend against Leicester so will definitely be hoping that this away trip can help them reset themselves.

Add in an extensive injury list and I do wonder if the Bees are finally discovering the brutality of Premier League football, especially because David Raya will be a massive loss in goal given how crucial he has been to their defensive record this season.

Focusing on the match alone now, I can see an entertaining game because Burnley will be eager to get a win under their belt and make that crucial defensive improvement, whereas Brentford will be keen to build on Wednesday’s confident Carabao Cup win at Stoke.

On that note, a draw seems a decent bet but if there is a winner, I can see it being Brentford despite Turf Moor being one of their bogey grounds.

Prediction: Burnley 1-1 Brentford

Result: Burnley 3-1 Brentford

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