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Match Preview: Crystal Palace vs Brentford

All the info ahead of tomorrow's London derby

20 August 2021

After a winning start against Arsenal, our first away day of the new Premier League campaign takes us to South London tomorrow for a visit to Crystal Palace. Get all the match build-up below as we face The Eagles in a competitive game for the first time since 1978.

THE OPPOSITION

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It has been a summer of huge transition in SE25 with a new manager at the helm in Patrick Vieira and an almost entirely new Crystal Palace squad assembled for their ninth consecutive season in the top flight. 

A total of 25 players, including the likes of Gary Cahill, James McCarthy, Connor Wickham, Patrick Van Aanholt, Wayne Hennessy, Andros Townsend, and Mamadou Sakho, left at the end of their contracts in June, as did Roy Hodgson after four years in charge. 

There's been a clear emphasis on youth coming in this summer with Michael Olise [Reading], Joachim Andersen [Lyon], and Marc Guéhi [Chelsea] all added to The Eagles squad. Palace had the oldest squad in the top flight last season but Guehi and former Brentford youngster Tyrick Mitchell (pictured above) were among six players 21 or younger named in The Eagles' matchday squad last Saturday. 

The early signs in pre-season were positive with Walsall, Ipswich Town, Reading, and Watford all beaten by Vieira's men but their season opener at Stamford Bridge was a different matter; the reigning Champions League holder's Chelsea running out comfortable 3-0 winners. 

THE GAMEPLAN

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Writing for Hot Off The Press South London Press journalist, Edmund Brack, expects: "Against Chelsea, [Vieira] switched to a 4-4-2 which completely nullified any of their attacking ability.

Of course, you have to caveat that they were playing against the European champions and one of the favourites for the Premier League title, so it was always going to be a baptism of fire. I think he will go back to a 4-3-3 for this game, though, and Andersen (pictured above) will probably start alongside Guehi"

TEAM NEWS

All those who featured against Arsenal are available once more. Josh Dasilva (hip), Shandon Baptiste (ankle) and Mathias Jensen (foot) remain sidelined. 

For Crystal Palace, Eberechi Eze (achilles) is a long-term absentee while Michael Olise (back) and Luka Milivojevic (personal reasons) will also not feature tomorrow. Conor Gallagher is in line to make his Eagles debut after being ineligible against parent club Chelsea last weekend. 

THE MANAGER

One of the greatest players of his generation, Patrick Vieira is now looking to add trophies and awards as a manager to his long list of achievements as a player. 

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During an 18-year playing career spent in France, Italy, and England, Vieira won 16 major domestic trophies. There were three Premier Leagues and four FA Cups at Arsenal, including the 2004 'Invicibles' season, as well as three consecutive Serie A titles with Inter Milan between 2007 and 2009. At international level, Vieira played a key role as France won the World Cup on home soil in 1998 and then followed that up two years later with a European Championship victory. 

The commanding midfielder was named in the PFA Team of the Year six years running between 1998 and 2004. He was the Premier League Player of the Year in 2001 and made the Premier League Team of the Decade a year later. In 2014, three years after he retired he was added to the English Football Hall of Fame. 

His coaching career began with Manchester City's EDS in 2013 before he moved to New York City as Head Coach in November 2015. He led New York City to their first ever playoff appearance after finishing second in the Eastern Conference that season and improved their position in the combined MLS standings in each of his years with the club, from 17th in 2015 to 4th in Vieira's first season in 2016 and then to 2nd in 2017.

On 11 June 2018, Vieira was appointed as the manager of Ligue 1 side Nice. In his first season in charge, he led the club to a seventh-placed finish in the league, but departed seven months later after a run of five losses in a row and elimination from the group stage of the Europa League.

THE OPPOSITION VIEW

Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira on Brentford: "This is a team who have been working well the last five or six years. They know each other well. Their work ethic on the pitch is brilliant.

"These three points are as important as the ones we lost against Chelsea.

"It's exciting and we're really looking forward to it. We know the fans will be up for it. Hopefully we give them the game they deserve"

THOMAS' THOUGHTS

THE OFFICIALS

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Referee: Martin Atkinson

Assistants: Lee Betts and James Mainwaring

Fourth official: Robert Jones 

VAR: Lee Mason

Assistant VAR: Simon Bennett

Crystal Palace 21/22

11 fouls - Eighth in Premier League

0 yellow cards - Joint-Fewest in Premier League

0 red cards - Joint-Fewest in Premier League

MATCHDAY INFO

We will be backed by a packed away end at Selhurst Park tomorrow afternoon.

If you haven’t received your match tickets by last post on Friday, please contact tickets@brentfordfc.com with “CRYSTAL PALACE REPRINT” as the title of your email and your fan number and we will ensure your tickets are reprinted and available for collection from Crystal Palace FC (from 1pm on Saturday). Please email us following receipt of your post but before 5.30pm on Friday so we can process the reprint. If you request a reprint your original ticket will not be valid and will not grant access to the Match.

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Match Reports

Crystal Palace 0 Brentford 0

No goals in South London as points shared

21 August 2021

Brentford’s first away game of the 2021/22 of the season ended in a stalemate. The Bees played out a 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace on a wet South London afternoon. The Bees probably had slightly the better of the contest but both teams hit the woodwork with neither side doing quite enough to take the win.

The home side hit the crossbar very early on, but Brentford had more of the play in the first half and Bryan Mbeumo hit the woodwork just before half time. The Bees spent more time on the front foot in both halves, but David Raya did have to earn his clean sheet with a couple of saves. In the end, neither side could argue with a 0-0 final score.

The hosts started the game brightly, spending a lot of the early stages on the front foot. They pushed Brentford’s wing backs and midfield in to defensive areas and could have scored inside the first seven minutes. Wilfried Zaha created space in the inside right channel and fed the ball to the on running Conor Gallagher, he smashed a first time shot high past Raya, but the ball bounced away off the underside of the crossbar.

That was an early warning for The Bees and the visitors soon got in to their stride. Frank Onyeka warmed to his task, popping up all over the pitch and winning possession. This enabled Brentford to have the ball higher up the pitch and they started to create chances.

Ivan Toney pulled a shot wide from 22 yards before Sergi Canós was unable to direct a cross from Vitaly Janelt at the far post. Onyeka looked like he had a sight of goal from 22 yards, but he was stopped by an important tackle. Canós then found space on the right and fed a pass in to Kristoffer Ajer, breaking ahead of him. The ball was played across goal and reached Janelt, but the shot was blocked. Rico Henry then fed Mbeumo, but his shot was pulled wide.

Jeffrey Schlupp created space for Gallagher to shoot weakly at Raya but that was a rare Palace attack in the first half. Brentford were preventing them building out of defence. The ball was being played long by the hosts in to Christian Benteke, but he was getting no joy against Pontus Jansson and Ajer in the Brentford defensive area and The Bees were on the front foot.

Onyeka darted in to the box before a shot deflected wide before Mbeumo, who set up that chance, curled a free kick from a tight angle on the right on to the top of the crossbar. The Bees were testing Palace with set pieces and Vincente Guaita was punching a lot of crosses away. The goalkeeper was then well-positioned to save from Toney when he met a Henry cross with a volley on the swivel.

Janelt had a shot blocked when another corner was punched away, Canós delivered the ball back towards the far post but an Ethan Pinnock header on the stretch was saved. If Pinnock had left it, Ajer was in space behind him. Guaita saved again from Onyeka as The Bees went in at half time with the initiative, if not the lead.

Toney could have put Brentford ahead early in the second half when a Mbeumo corner reached him in the centre of the area. He was able to get a header away but could not beat Guaita. Mbeumo curled an effort wide after a different angle was worked from a free kick. Mbeumo then deliver a corner and Toney rose highest, getting above Guaita, but heading over the bar.

The teams were cancelling each other out for most of the second half. Cheikhou Kouyaté was an important presence at the base of Palace’s midfield, preventing Brentford building through the centre. When The Bees did get in to attacking areas, they did not always find the right pass.

At the other end, Palace were not getting in to Brentford territory as often, but did create chances. Benteke headed a cross over the bar before being involved in a move that saw Zaha set up Gallagher to shoot from 20 yards. Raya had to be alert to tip it away. The resulting corner dropped loose, and Joel Ward lashed over.

Substitute Saman Ghoddos looked like he had opened Palace up with a pass between Ward and Joachim Andersen that released Toney. The angle was tight, and Toney looked to find Mbeumo but ended up drilling the ball ahead of his team mate and across the face of goal. The resulting conversation suggested that Toney expected Mbeumo to be closer to goal and ready to tap home with Guaita stranded.

Toney and Jordan Ayew traded spectacular volleys that failed to trouble the respective goalkeepers and Andersen headed over in stoppage time. The Bees were able to give a debut to Yoane Wissa and while they chased a winner, they were unable to find a break through. They did, however, keep Palace mostly away for their goal and ensured they got a point.

Crystal Palace: Guaita; Ward, Guéhi, Andersen, Mitchell; Gallagher, Kouyaté, McArthur; Zaha, Benteke, Schlupp (sub Ayew 68 mins)

Subs (not used): Butland, Matthews, Tomkins, Mateta, Kelly, Riedewald, Rak-Sakyi

Bookings: Andersen (29 mins), Benteke (59 mins), Ward (76 mins)

Brentford: Raya; Ajer, Jansson, Pinnock; Canós, Onyeka (sub Ghoddos 70 mins), Nørgaard, Janelt (sub Bidstrup 87 mins), Henry; Toney, Mbeumo (sub Wissa 77 mins)

Subs (not used): Fernández, Goode, Roerslev, Bech, Dervişoğlu, Forss

Bookings: Nørgaard (52 mins)

Attendance: 23,091

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Ticket News

Palace ticket update – Correction Note

A small number of Crystal Palace tickets including all restricted view tickets are available for collection from tomorrow

18 August 2021

Last night on social media we incorrectly confirmed ALL tickets for Bees fans for our Premier League match away at Crystal Palace on Saturday, 21 August, had been posted. The vast majority of tickets were indeed posted, but unfortunately a small number of tickets including all restricted view tickets that were purchased late were not able to be despatched.

Due to the late despatch and potential challenges with the postal service, in conjunction with Crystal Palace we have decided this allocation of tickets will now be collection only from either the Brentford Community Stadium Box Office (From 9.30am tomorrow, Thursday, and prior to 8pm on Friday night) or at Crystal Palace FC (from 1pm on Saturday). We have emailed all ticket purchasers in this group with further details.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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