Brentford's first-ever Premier League fixture list was confirmed this morning. The 38 games from 14 August to 22 May now stretch out in front of The Bees. The full list can be seen here.
Those 38 games will include ten London derbies, as well as two games against Watford, who are also inside the M25. The Bees start against Arsenal, who we meet in league fixtures for the first time since the 1946/47 season. Brentford's last top flight game before relegation in 1947 was against Arsenal and the first one back will be the same game.
Crystal Palace, West Ham United and Chelsea will be opponents for derbies before the end of October and our first scheduled midweek Premier League game will be against Tottenham Hotspur. April sees a run of four consecutive derby fixtures, culminating with our last London opponent of the season, Tottenham on 23 April. A full list of the derby games can be see below.
Saturday 14 August Arsenal H
Saturday 21 August Crystal Palace A
Saturday 2 October West Ham United A
Saturday 16 October Chelsea H
Wednesday 1 December Tottenham Hotspur A
Saturday 11 December Watford H
Saturday 12 February Crystal Palace H
Saturday 19 February Arsenal A
Saturday 2 April Chelsea A
Saturday 9 April West Ham United H
Saturday 16 April Watford A
Saturday 23 April Tottenham Hotspur H
Brentford last played Arsenal in a Carabao Cup tie in 2018. The Bees have only ever played Arsenal in the top division in league competition. Brentford won five of the ten games in Division One in the 1930s and 40s.
Brentford have played Chelsea in FA Cup ties in 2013 and 2017. The teams also met in the cup in 1950. They last met in league competition in the 1946/47 season and have never met in league matches outside the top flight.
Brentford haven't played Crystal Palace in the league since the 1963/64 season, when they were both in Division Three. All previous league meetings were in the third tier, or when it was regionalised until 1958.
Brentford played Tottenham Hotspur only a few months ago, losing in a Carabao Cup Semi-Final. The teams also met in the same competition in 1992, 1998 and 2000. The sides have never played each other in the top flight, with previous league games coming in the second tier in the last 1940s.
Brentford and Watford came up from the Sky Bet Championship together this season. Watford finished second in the table while The Bees won the Play-Offs. Brentford took four points from the games in 2020/21, drawing away and winning at home.
Brentford last played West Ham in the 1992/93 season, when both were in the second tier. Other league meetings were also in Division Two in the 1930s and 40s. The sides have never met in the top flight.
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