Brentford welcome Everton to Brentford Community Stadium in a Super Sunday clash in 2021-22 Premier League.
Should Leicester lose elsewhere, victory could see Brentford climb as high as tenth in the table whereas Everton can improve to eighth with a win.
Yoane Wissa could return for Brentford if he passes a late fitness test after recovering from an ankle injury.
Mathias Jensen (Coronavirus) and Mathias Jorgensen (muscle) also face fitness checks but Julian Jeanvier, David Raya, Mads Sorensen (all knee), Kristoffer Ajer (hamstring) and Josh Dasilva (hip) are ruled out indefinitely.
Everton could welcome Abdoulaye Doucoure back after the midfielder missed their last four matches with a stress fracture in his foot.
Demarai Gray (adductor) is a doubt but Mason Holgate, Richarlison (suspension), Yerry Mina (hamstring), Andre Gomes (calf), Tom Davies (knee) and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (quad) are absent.
- This is Brentford’s first Premier League meeting against Everton.
- Brentford have won just two of their last six previous league meetings against Everton (W2, L4), which all came in the Old Second Division between August 1951-February 1954.
- Everton are visiting Brentford Community Stadium for the first time but have won just one of nine previous away visits to the Bees in all competitions (W1, D2, L6).
- Brentford’s last two goals at home have been scored in the 60th minute in 2-1 defeats to Leicester and Norwich respectively.
- Failure to score a goal here would see Everton go three consecutive league matches without scoring for the first time since August-September 2017.
Having lost four consecutive league matches prior to the international break, Brentford can take heart from their topsy-turvy draw at Newcastle last weekend where their attack looked confident with pace yet a mixture of sloppiness and slow movement defensively cost them the win.
Everton meanwhile were outplayed at Manchester City last time out because they frankly looked toothless in attack, although they did well to limit City to just three goals with a strong defensive display but they need to raise their game if they want to end their two-game run without a goal.
I however am leaning towards a home win because if Brentford turn up with excellent unity and physicality complete with pace on the attack, I genuinely am struggling to see Everton living with their intensity across 90 minutes although their leaky defence should allow the Toffees one goal if lucky.
Prediction: Brentford 2-1 Everton
Result: Brentford 1-0 Everton