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Match Preview: Brentford vs Crystal Palace

All the info as West meets South in today's London affair

12 February 2022

It's good to be home. After three weeks away, Crystal Palace are the visitors to TW8 for our first home game since mid-January. The Eagles head into today a place and two points above us in the Premier League table. Catch all the big match build-up below. 

THE OPPOSITION

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Despite an inconsistent run of late, Crystal Palace are still enjoying a fine season under Patrick Vieira. The Arsenal great has overhauled an ageing Palace squad with his bright, young charges currently occupying 13th in the Premier League with 25 points from 23 games. 

Palace put out 17 of the 18 oldest starting XIs in the Premier League last season but it's all change this year. 25 players left in the summer with the likes of Michael Olise [Reading], Joachim Andersen [Lyon], and Marc Guéhi [Chelsea] all added to The Eagles squad. 

Vieira's starting XI against Brighton last month included six players aged 23 and under while Odsonne Edouard (23), Tyrick Mitchell (22), Conor Gallagher (21), and Marc Guehi (21) have all featured in 20 or more of Palace's Premier League outings this term.  

Palace's recent run does show some of the inconsistencies of youth; they've won four, drawn three, and lost three of their last ten in all competitions. The Eagles' only away Premier League win this term came against Champions Manchester City in October but they have drawn their last two on the road at Brighton and Hove Albion and Norwich City. 

Defensively they give up the seventh fewest shots per game (12.4) while also registering the seventh highest average possession (51.7%) and winning the eighth most aerial battles per game (17).

Chelsea loanee Gallagher (pictured above) leads their scoring charts with seven, one clear of Edouard and Wilfried Zaha.

THE GAMEPLAN

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Writing for Hot Off The Press, South London Press journalist, Edmund Brack, says to look out for: "Michael Olise (pictured above), for sure. He is such a good player and when he switches back onto his left foot, with the accuracy and the way he shoots, he always aims for the far left post because he knows it is always going to be inch-perfect and, nine times out of 10, will go in. He does stuff on the ball that is just so exciting to watch and the fact that Palace got him for only £8 million is a steal in the current market. If he is up for it, he is someone who can help Palace take all three points in a game.

TEAM NEWS

Christian Eriksen is still not in consideration while a late decision will be made on Ivan Toney (calf). Bryan Mbeumo and Wissa are both fit to start confirmed Thomas Frank on Thursday while Tariqe Fosu, Zanka (hamstring), and Julian Jeanvier (knee) remain sidelined.

For Palace, Nathan Ferguson (hamstring) is out while James McCarthur may make his return having not played since November. Cheikhou Kouyate missed the midweek draw at Norwich City following Senegal's victory in the Africa Cup of Nations.  

MATCH FACTS

  • Crystal Palace striker Odsonne Edouard has scored four goals in four Premier League London derbies so far, netting against each opponent he has faced (two v Tottenham Hotspur, one v Arsenal and one v West Ham United). The only player to score as many as five goals in his first five London derbies in the Premier League was Kanu in 1999 for Arsenal, who netted five. 
  • Brentford's Ivan Toney has scored in his last two Premier League home appearances, having scored in just one of his first nine at Brentford Community Stadium. Toney last scored in more consecutive home league matches for the Bees in October/November 2020 (a run of four). 
  • Brentford were unbeaten in their first three Premier League London derbies (W2 D1) but have suffered defeats in their last two, losing to Chelsea and Spurs. The Bees have not lost three in a row in the league against fellow London opposition since a four-match run between November 2011 and September 2012, when they lost twice to Charlton Athletic and twice to Leyton Orient in League One. 
  • The reverse fixture between Brentford and Palace finished 0-0 – only once before have the Eagles had two goalless draws against an opponent in the same Premier League campaign, doing so against Manchester City in 1992/93. 

THE MANAGER

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One of the greatest players of his generation, Patrick Vieira won 16 major domestic trophies across an 18-year career. 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 told football.london: "It will be a different challenge compared to the last game that we played, we know what to expect.

"We have to be up for it. They're a really difficult team [to play] at home, they're doing really well and we will be ready for that"

THOMAS' THOUGHTS

LAST TIME OUT

THE OFFICIALS

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Referee: Simon Hooper

Assistant Referees: Simon Long and Derek Eaton 

Fourth Official: Robert Jones 

VAR: John Brooks

Assistant VAR: Constantine Hatzidakis

Crystal Palace 2021/22

264 fouls - 3rd most in Premier League 

42 yellow cards - 8th in Premier League 

1 red card - 8th in Premier League

MATCHDAY INFO

New arrival Christian Eriksen will be officially unveiled to Brentford fans at around 2.45pm this afternoon so make sure you are in early to welcome our new man to TW8. 

HOW TO FOLLOW

Today's game will be shown around the world through the Premier League's broadcast partners. Click here to see if it is on where you are

There will also be live commentary on Talksport. For the Brentford angle, Jonathan Douglas and Charlotte Tanner join Mark Burridge on Bees Player.

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Match Reports

Brentford 0 Crystal Palace 0

Spoils shared in West London

12 February 2022

Brentford and Crystal Palace played out a second 0-0 draw of the Premier League season. A warm August afternoon in South London gave way to a chilly February one in West London but the storyline was largely similar. Brentford probably had slightly the better of it, but the spoils were shared.

The teams were evenly matched, and defences were on top for almost the entire afternoon. Neither goalkeeper was overly busy, and both spent more time with the ball at their feet. Brentford probably had more chances and spent more time on the attack but could not find a way through.

Brentford had slightly the better of a pretty even first quarter of the contest, with the better chances. Palace had a lot of the ball but mostly played in their own half while Brentford were more incisive with their possession and looked to get on the front foot. David Raya had some early set pieces to deal with but was more involved in Brentford’s build-up play than in defending his own goal.

Brentford controlled the centre of the pitch in the early exchanges. Palace tried to get their wide attacking players in to the game with Brentford happy to use the wide spaces left to create their own chances. The closest either team came to scoring in their first quarter was when Mathias Jensen spread the play from right to left and Bryan Mbeumo set up Rico Henry. The shot from Henry was heading to the far corner and was deflected by Joachim Andersen narrowly past the other post with Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita watching and hoping.

An Ethan Pinnock header from a deep corner was cleared by Palace inside their own six-yard box and Christian Nørgaard lashed wide when a cross dropped to him. Sergi Canós had a sight of goal when he got on to a Mbeumo corner, but he failed to control and was crowded out. The resulting throw in was launched in to the penalty area by Pinnock and Palace centre half Marc Guéhi punched it away. Referee Simon Hooper decided Guéhi had been fouled and Video Assistant Referee John Brooks confirmed the decision, waving away Brentford’s appeals for a penalty.

The game opened up as half time approached. Both teams were able to find more space in the midfield and Brentford created a couple of very good openings. Canós created the first with a run in off the right flank, he released Mbeumo inside the area with only Guaita to beat. The Palace goalkeeper rushed out and made himself big and Mbeumo was unable to toe poke the ball past him.

Canós was involved again moments later. This time his pass released Jensen on the overlap. The ball was drilled towards the near post, but Joel Ward prevented Yoane Wissa converting. Mr Hooper decided Wissa had got the final touch with Ward’s challenge saving his team.

Ward’s next key involvement was to play a poor back pass that set Mbeumo away behind Andersen on the Brentford left. Mbeumo raced away and Guaita came out to narrow the angle. Mbeumo squared and Wissa was crowded out in the middle. The ball was recycled and Kristoffer Ajer delivered to the back post, Henry headed back for Vitaly Janelt, but his shot was blocked.

Jeffrey Schlupp lashed over from distance for Palace and Raya saved from Wilfried Zaha after Canós had conceded possession in his own half. Palace’s best chance of the first half came when Nørgaard was robbed in midfield. Odsonne Édouard raced in to space and released Jordan Ayew on the right. Ayew drove towards the penalty area but smashed wide at the near post.

If Palace had taken the lead, it would have been against the run of play and Brentford continued to hold the upper hand as half time approached. They could have scored when Nørgaard spread the play to the left and Henry found Mbeumo. The cross from Mbeumo dropped on to the head of Canós diving in, but he could not find the target.

In the dying seconds of the half, Wissa headed a cross from Jensen wide as Brentford went in at the break with the initiative, but not the lead. Palace regrouped at the interval and the start of the second half was far more combative. There were tough challenges in the midfield and little action in either penalty area. Raya held on to a low cross-cum-shot from Ayew before substitute Josh Dasilva drove in to the penalty area on the right at the other end. His cross just eluded Wissa and Palace cleared.

Raya held on to a curling effort from James McArthur and Canós blocked when Zaha cut inside but as the minutes ticked down, the game was played more in front of the defences than behind them. Guaita made a good save from a Pontus Jansson header and Mbeumo saw a shot blocked as Brentford pressed. They introduced Saman Ghoddos and Shandon Baptiste as they looked for a winner.

The last chance of the game went to Palace. There were just seconds left when they threw a ball in to the penalty area. It dropped and Andersen created space to shoot. Raya saved, then gathered at the second attempt, and the game ended 0-0.

Brentford: Raya; Ajer, Jansson, Pinnock; Canós (sub Baptiste 86 mins), Jensen, Nørgaard, Janelt (sub Dasilva 61 mins), Henry; Wissa (sub Ghoddos 82 mins), Mbeumo

Subs (not used): Fernández, Lössl, Stevens, Bech, Roerslev, Onyeka

Bookings: Canós (43 mins)

Crystal Palace: Guaita; Ward, Andersen, Guéhi, Mitchell; Gallagher, Hughes (sub McArthur 66 mins), Schlupp; Ayew (sub Olise 77 mins), Édouard (sub Mateta 72 mins), Zaha

Subs (not used): Butland, Milivojevic, Tomkins, Eze, Clyne, Benteke

Attendance: 16, 958 (1,713 away fans)

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Ticket News

Crystal Palace Tickets available at 2pm

My Bees Members will be able to buy their tickets for our home game against Crystal Palace at 2pm today

7 January 2022

The Bees face Crystal Palace on Saturday 12 February at 3pm and it promises to be an entertaining game when Patrick Vieira’s side make the short trip to TW8. Tickets will be available to all My Bees Members at 2pm today, Friday 7 January, on a first-come, first-served basis.

This opportunity to buy tickets will be non-guaranteed, subject to availability and Members can buy up to five additional tickets for fellow members using our friends and family functionality. As per our pledge at the start of the season, 200 Tickets will be available from the Box Office only.

Get ready to buy at 2pm

Please be aware that all adults will be required to self-declare their COVID certification status prior to this match to validate the ticket purchase.

Don't forget, to get priority access to your Match Tickets you will need to log in to your ticketing account before purchasing.

On-sale Dates 

  • My Bees Members who bought their membership before July 27 and haven't attended a home Premier League game yet: Thursday 6 January, 2pm (one per person, subject to availability)

  • All My Bees Members: Friday 7 January, 2pm (one per person, subject to availability).
    200 of these Match Tickets will be available to purchase at the Box Office only.

    As we pledged to the first 10,000 My Bees Members who signed up at the beginning of the season, we have designated a number of Category B games for those who have not previously been successful in getting a ticket for a home League Game. Crystal Palace is one of these games.

TICKET ACCESS POINTS

Matchday prices

Blocks Adults Seniors

Young
Persons

U18s
Dugout £60 £50 £50 £50
Band A+ £45 £35 £35 £10
Band A £40 £30 £30 £10
Band B £35 £25 £25 £10
Family Area £25 £15 £15 £10
  • No booking fees apply when buying online or person from the Box Office
  • Admin fee of £2.50 per transaction (not per ticket) may apply when booking over the phone.

How to buy tickets

Buy online

available online 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

  • By phone 0333 005 8521, Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm
  • In person from the Box Office
    • Monday, Tuesday and Friday: 10am to 5pm
    • Closed on Wednesday
    • Thursday: 10am to 7pm
    • Saturday/Sunday - closed non-matchdays.
    • On all home matchdays, open 2.5 hours before kick-off until half-time and 30 minutes after full time (subject to fixture).
Note: overseas ticket buyers - tickets will not be sent in the post. Choose ‘Print at Home’ or they will be held for collection on matchday.

Accessibility

Carers Tickets - Disabled supporters who are in receipt of a Middle to Higher rate of DLA and/or receipt of enhanced PIP should purchase the relevant ticket (i.e. Adult, Senior, Young Person or under 18), and then contact accessibility@brentfordfc.com to organise a complimentary carer’s ticket. This must be done in the relevant sales window.

Wheelchair Spaces - for wheelchair spaces please make sure you purchase a ticket for the wheelchair user, this should be the relevant ticket (i.e. Adult, Senior, Young Person or under 18). There will not be a specific wheelchair ticket available online so please choose any location. Then contact accessibility@brentfordfc.com and we will allocate the wheelchair and carers seat making sure they are together. This must be done in the relevant sales window.

If you have any queries relating to accessibility, please email accessibility@brentfordfc.com 

Matchday Info

Supporters with Junior, Young Person and Senior tickets are reminded to bring ID to the stadium in the event of being asked for proof of age when entering the ground. Ages are as follows:

  • Young Persons - 18-24 (as of the 1 August)  
  • Seniors – over 65 (as of the 1 August) 

Where a Season Ticket Holder forgets their Brentford Card they will be required to pay a £5 admin fee. Replacement Brentford Cards can be arranged at the Ticket Office. Valid ID must be shown and admin cost of £10 applies.

Customer Charter

More information can be found online here.

Note: All tickets are subject to availability and Terms and Conditions of issue apply. The purchase of a ticket constitutes acceptance of these Terms and Conditions and acceptance of the Ground Regulations.

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