Brentford vs Burnley Preview & Betting Tips: Goals Galore?

Zeki AmdouniAfter an international break, the Premier League is back this weekend, so it is back to business for the likes of Burnley, who look to sustain themselves at this level. Vincent Kompany’s newly-promoted team travel to take on Brentford on Saturday (3pm). Can they get a favourable result? This preview with its betting tips aims to find out.

For some teams, the international break possibly came at the wrong time, just as momentum was starting to be built, but for the Brentford Bees, it couldn’t have come any sooner, as they were bang out of form and struggling. Thomas Frank’s men are now without an EPL win since August, meaning that they have gone six games without tasting success, three of which they have lost. It did look as if the Bees, thanks to Mathias Jensen’s first-half strike, had caused an upset at Old Trafford last time out, as they went into injury time a goal to the good, but two late goals from the hosts ensured that they returned to the capital empty handed.

As for Burnley, well, they are also coming off the back of a defeat, and they too, came unstuck last time out, despite taking an early lead. Their form in general has been OK, though, all things considered. Prior to that defeat to Chelsea, they beat fellow relegation scrappers Luton by two goals to one on the road, scoring a couple of well-worked goals in the process. There was promise to Burnley’s narrow defeats against both Newcastle and Manchester United, despite ultimately leaving those games with nothing to show for their efforts. Against an out-of-sorts home team here, Kompany’s men might just fancy themselves to get a result.

Bees not keeping it tight

Without Ivan Toney, the Bees lack a little bit in the sting department, even if the likes of Bryan Mbeumo and Yoane Wissa do offer a threat. Perhaps the biggest problem right now is a lack of defensive strength. It is not that Frank’s men have been conceding a glut of goals in every game, though they are finding clean sheets hard to come by. They have conceded more than once on a few too many occasions.

Brentford conceded twice at Old Trafford last time out, while they failed to shutout Nottingham Forest prior to that. Before that effort, the Bees conceded three goals at home to Everton. They have also kept just one clean sheet in eight Premier League games this season, conceding a total of 12 goals, which isn’t great. What is perhaps more alarming is the fact that they have conceded eight goals at home and that is without facing seven of the current top eight. Only three teams in the Premier League have conceded more home goals than Brentford at this stage of the campaign, which is far from ideal for a team that had sights set on improving on last season’s ninth place finish.

Burnley capable of competing

It has been an up and down start to the new campaign for Vincent Kompany’s Burnley. For the most part, they have struggled to keep teams at bay, failing to record a clean sheet, but they have, on several occasions, shown that they can compete in a footballing sense. They have also carried a threat going forward, especially against teams that are unlikely to challenge for the top six.

For all they failed to match Chelsea over 90 minutes last time out, the Clarets did enjoy moments of promise offensively, not only scoring but creating a few other opportunities. The same can be said for when they faced both Spurs and Nottingham Forest. Kompany’s men certainly didn’t cover themselves in defensive glory in those games, but they did have plenty to say in the final third, especially through Zeki Amdouni and Lyle Foster, both of whom looked threatening. Rather promisingly, Foster has three Premier League goals and two assists to his name, while Amdouni has just one goal, but has offered numerous moments of danger in the final third.

This fixture to be blessed with goals

In the betting, for this preview’s money, it is hard to look beyond ‘Over 2.5 Goals & Both Teams to Score’ at early odds of 5/4 with Bet365.

If we look at the recent performances of both teams, then there are several reasons to think that both can get some offensive joy in Saturday’s game. After all, the Bees have scored in all their home games this term, notching a total of six goals in four games, but as touched on above, they are without a clean sheet on home soil. It is not just that they have conceded against top teams. The hosts have failed to keep a clean sheet against Bournemouth, who are currently below Burnley in the table, as well as Everton, who are just two places above Saturday’s visitors. Three of Brentford’s four home games have contained three or more goals too.

For Burnley on the road, clean sheets seem close to impossible to obtain, though they can cut it in the final third, scoring away against Luton and Nottingham Forest, which should hold them in good stead here. Their recent 2-1 win on the road against Luton points towards them getting heavily involved in this game, but don’t be surprised if they once again come unstuck at the back.

All in all, ahead of what is a hard game to call in terms of the result, there’s lots to suggest that the goals can continue to flow at Gtech Community Stadium, which is yet to see a Premier League clean sheet this term. So the betting tips for this EPL match preview boil down to this one:

  • Over 2.5 Goals & Both Teams to Score @ 5/4 with Bet365.