2021-22 Premier League: Week 11 – Brentford vs Norwich

Brentford look to end a three league match losing run as Thomas Frank’s Bees welcome Norwich City to Brentford Community Stadium.

With Tottenham, Everton and Leicester not in action until Sunday, victory could see Brentford climb to ninth, whereas a win could lift Norwich off the foot of the table into 19th position for at least a few hours.

 

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Kristoffer Ajer is ruled out for Brentford with a hamstring injury which forced him to miss last weekend’s defeat at Burnley.

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

Norwich could welcome Ben Gibson back after the defender served an one match ban in last weekend’s loss at home to Leeds.

Todd Cantwell (fitness) is a doubt but Sam Byram (hamstring) and Christoph Zimmerman (ankle) remain ruled out.

 

Stat Attack

  • This is Brentford’s first-ever Premier League meeting against Norwich.
  • Brentford are winless in their last five meetings against Norwich (D2, L3), with all three defeats coming in 1-0 results in favour of Daniel Farke’s Canaries.
  • Norwich are unbeaten in their last six visits to Brentford in all competitions (W3, D3).
  • Brentford are looking to avoid a fourth consecutive league loss for the first time since November-December 2016 in Sky Bet Championship.
  • Only one of Norwich’s three league goals this season came from a header, courtesy of Andrew Omobamidele against Leeds last weekend.

 

Prediction

Having endured their first proper Premier League rut with three consecutive defeats, Brentford will welcome this clash as a huge opportunity to reset their focus but Ajer’s absence will definitely be felt especially after an uncharacteristic display at Burnley last weekend.

Thomas Frank though should be concerned by how his defence struggled with long balls and crosses whilst the attack lacked clinical finishing, of which both need to improve considerably because Raya isn’t around to bail them out with his excellent goalkeeping.

Norwich meanwhile looked confident against Leeds last week in terms of intensity but were wasteful of their chances, whilst their defence didn’t seem passionate enough to close down gaps when defending but the Canaries can take heart from their form in this fixture coming into this game.

On that note, this should hopefully be a competitive match because this is surely Norwich’s best shot at a first league win of the season, yet Brentford surely can’t get any worse so a draw would be a safe bet if the Bees don’t win this.

Prediction: Brentford 1-1 Norwich

Result: Brentford 1-2 Norwich

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