Brentford welcome Arsenal in the 2021/22 Premier League curtain raiser, in a sold-out Brentford Community Stadium. Who will get the first three points on Friday night? Don't miss our Brentford vs Arsenal betting tips, line-ups, free bets and best odds on this clash...
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When is Brentford v Arsenal?This will be the 2021/22 Premier League opening match and will be held on Friday, August 13 and will kick off at 8pm.
The game is being broadcast on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event from 7pm.
Sky Sports customers can live stream this via the app using their mobile, tablet or computer devices.
Friday, August 13, 2021
- 8:00 pm: Brentford v Arsenal
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Despite selling playmaker Said Benrahma and striker Ollie Watkins were sold to West Ham and Aston Villa respectively, Brentford secured promotion to the top flight by winning the Championship play-off final against Swansea. As a result, this fixture against Arsenal will be their first match back in the top division of English football since 1947. The Bees finished last year's Championship campaign as top scorers in the division with 79, four more than champions Norwich. Brentford played five friendly matches, including a 2-2 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford and a win over Valencia in their latest outing.
Arsenal finished last season in eighth place and missed out on European football, although they ended the last campaign with five consecutive league wins. Despite signing decent players this summer, the Gunners have suffered four defeats in the preseason. They lost 2-1 to Scottish side Hibernian before drawing 2-2 with Rangers and then followed those results up with a defeat to London rivals Chelsea. In their most recent outing, Mikel Arteta's men lost 1-0 to their bitter North London rivals Tottenham on Sunday.
Best OddsThe Gunners are unsurprisingly odds-on favourite at 19/20 with SportNation while the Bees are priced at 10/3 with Betvictor to cause an opening day upset in the London Derby. The Draw is backable at 14/5 with Betsafe.
Team News & Probable Line-Ups
Brentford (3-4-1-2): Raya; Jansson, Ajer, Pinnock; Roerslev, Janelt, Norgaard, Canos; Fosu-Henry; Mbeumo, Toney
Brentford have signed former centre-back Kristoffer Ajer from Celtic to partner Pontus Jansson. Midtjylland’s Frank Onyeka is the other major addition. Ivan Toney, who scored 31 goals in the Championship season and two in the play-offs, is not 100% fit but we are confident he will spearhead the attack. Bryan Mbeumo will be his offensive partner, while Tariqe Fosu-Henry will play as number ten. Christian Nørgaard could move into midfield with Ajer now an option for defence while Sergi Canós and Mads Roerslev will play as wing backs. David Raya Martin, who was linked with Arsenal at the start of the year, will start between the posts. Former Arsenal youngster Josh Dasilva will not get the chance to face his old club due to a hip problem.
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Leno; Chambers, White, Mari, Tierney; Xhaka, Lokonga; Pepe, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang; Lacazette
The Gunners have signed highly-rated Brighton centre-half Ben White for £50m. Left-back Nuno Tavares has arrived from Benfica for around £8m and midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga switched from Anderlecht. Thomas Partey has an ankle injury and is out for roughly three weeks. Calum Chambers should start as right back, with Kieran Tierney on the other flank, and Pablo Mari and Ben White as centre-backs. Bukayo Saka did feature in a cameo appearance against Spurs, but it seems a bit soon for either of them to start this match. As a result, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will play as right winger, with Alexandre Lacazette starting as central forward despite he is free to leave the club before the deadline. Nicolas Pepè and Emile Smith-Rowe will complete the offensive midfield trio. Gabriel Martinelli will not be available as he was part of the Brazilian Olympic team. Joe Willock is another player that is unlikely to be in the squad to face Brentford as his £20million-plus move to Newcastle edged closer.