Brentford host Norwich City at the Brentford Community Stadium on Saturday afternoon in the Premier League.
We look at a few stats to predict the match.
After a very solid start to the season, Brentford have gradually lost their footing a bit in the league. With three consecutive defeats in three matches, the Bees have dropped down to 12th in the table. Thomas Frank and his men are trying to stay up in their first-ever Premier League campaign, and they need to get back on winning ways for that. The match against Norwich probably comes for them just at the right time.
Brentford have scored a total of 12 goals so far, which has been the league average but have struggled recently in front of the goal. They have just scored two goals in the last three matches, and their defense have not been at their rescue, seeing them lose back-to-back matches. Ivan Toney has been one of the biggest threats for the Bees.
Norwich City’s season has just gone from bad to worse. They are yet to register a single win in the league and have lost eight of the ten matches. It has seen the Canaries settle down at the bottom of the league with just two points. They come into the match on the back of a 0-7 battering against Chelsea and a narrow 1-2 loss against Leeds United. If they want to avoid relegation another time, Daniel Farke and co. have to come up with something unique and it has to come in real soon.
The Canaries woes in front of the goal have been bizarre. In ten matches, they have scored only three goals, the lowest in the division, while a leaky defense has done them no good as well. An over-reliance on Teemu Pukki to score goals have let them down, with the Finnish forward not in the best of forms.
Brentford have recorded one of the finest defenses in the league till now, conceding just 12 times. However, the concerning factor has been that six of them have come in the last three matches, and the Bees’ solid defensive outfit might just have started to leak. Their last clean sheet have been five matches ago, and tomorrow might just be the perfect time for them to get back on track. Their attack has not compensated for their defensive frailties, and Thomas Frank would certainly mark the match against Norwich as the perfect time to enforce a comeback.
Norwich City have conceded 25 goals, and that says everything. Nine goals have come in the last two matches, and it has just gone from bad to worse for the Canaries at the back. It is going to take a miracle for them to bring in a change all of a sudden into a defense that has not found their footing at all. Brentford’s attacking unit would be smelling blood and it is going to take a lot to keep them at bay.
The two sides are meeting for the first time outside the EFL Championship, and Brentford looks the side to get away with the three points with the home advantage with them too.
We predict a 2-0 victory for the Bees.