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Match Preview: Brentford vs Burnley

All the build-up to tomorrow's visit from The Clarets

11 March 2022

We return to TW8 tomorrow to take on Burnley, fresh from our 3-1 victory over Norwich City last time out. The Clarets currently occupy the final relegation spot but do still have games in hand on those around them. Get all the build-up to tomorrow's Premier League action below. 

THE OPPOSITION

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Burnley have kept chipping away and chipping away as they seek to preserve the Premier League status they have held since 2016. 

The Claret were rock-bottom in mid-January, not helped by being six games behind some sides due to weather and Covid-19 postponements. Since then, Burnley have lost just three of their last nine to cut the gap to safety to a point, still with a couple of games in hand on most of those around them. 

It has been a season of fine margins for The Clarets. Sean Dyche's men have won the fewest top-flight games (three), recording a joint league high 12 draws, but their 11 defeats is fewer than ninth-placed Aston Villa and as many as Wolves in eighth. Until their 4-0 reverse against Chelsea last time out, Burnley hadn't lost a Premier League game this term by more than two goals.

The big bit of January business for The Clarets saw New Zealand international striker Chris Wood move to Newcastle United, his spot up front filled by 6' 6" Wout Weghorst. Summer-arrival Maxwell Cornet (above) leads their scoring charts with six.

Burnley average the second-lowest number of shots per game (10.2), netting the second lowest number of goals (22). Dyche's side enjoy the lowest amount of possession in the top flight (38.1%) while their position as the Premier League's most frequent crossers is coupled with winning the most aerial duels per game (23). 

THE GAMEPLAN

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Writing for Hot Off The Press, The Athletic's Andy Jones, said: "It will be 4-4-2. One selection issue will be who they put up front with Weghorst (above), though Maxwel Cornet and Jay Rodriguez have rotated over the last two weeks. The difference for Burnley this time to the last time they played Brentford is that whipped ball round the corner to get in behind, which Burnley used really effectively at Turf Moor; there will still be an element of that, especially if Cornet plays up top or at wide on the left, but they want to play mixed football, so they will also look to play into and off Weghorst. They are going to be compact, defend the box well and force Brentford out wide because that is how Tarkowski and Mee love defending. You know what you are going to get with Burnley, it is just whether you can stop it and impose your own game on them."

TEAM NEWS

It's as you were from Norwich City for The Bees with Josh Dasilva (suspended) and Julian Jeanvier (knee) the only players set to miss out.

Ben Mee (knee) has not recovered in time, The Clarets' captain joining Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Matej Vydra, Erik Pieters and Dale Stephens on the absentee list. 

MATCH FACTS

  • Burnley are unbeaten in their last four Premier League matches in London, beating Fulham in May and drawing with Chelsea, Arsenal and Crystal Palace this season. The Clarets last had a longer unbeaten top-flight run in the capital between August 1965 and December 1966 (eight matches).
  • Brentford's 3-1 win at Norwich last time out ended a run of eight league matches without a win, while they scored as many goals in that victory as they had in their previous seven league contests combined. The Bees are looking to secure consecutive Premier League victories for the first time.
  • Since the start of 2018/19 (when he moved to Peterborough), Brentford's Ivan Toney has scored 93 goals in all competitions, with only Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane netting more for English league sides in that time. Toney has also produced five hat-tricks in that time, with no player netting more in all competitions.
  • Burnley are looking to complete the league double over Brentford for only the second time in their history, though the other occasion was in the last campaign in which they met (2015/16 in the Championship).

THE MANAGER

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Sean Dyche was a no-nonsense centre-back during his playing days, starting out in the youth system at Nottingham Forest. His professional debut came when he moved to Chesterfield in 1990. He made over 200 appearances for The Spireites, scoring as Chesterfield shared six goals with Middlesbrough in the 1997 FA Cup Semi-Final. He also played for Luton Town, Watford, Bristol City, Millwall and Northampton Town; earning promotion with each of the last three clubs on that list.

He retired in 2007, taking up coaching with the youth teams at his former club Watford. He had a brief stint as Manager at Vicarage Road, following Malky Mackay's move to Cardiff City in 2011. The Hornets finished 11th in his only season in charge, their best in four seasons, but still replaced him at the end of the season.

A month coaching in the England Under-21 setup was quickly followed by his appointment at Burnley in 2012. Dyche won them top-flight promotion in his first season but they were relegated back to the Championship at the first attempt. He guided the side back to the Premier League in 2016, where they have been ever since. He led them to the Europa League for the first time in 50 years after securing a seventh-place finish in 2017.

THE OPPOSITION VIEW

Sean Dyche told burnleyfootballclub.com: “[Brentford have] been open minded to the challenge that is being in the Premier League. They have been on a really tough run lately but came out of it with a win and an important win.

“They probably look at it as a mixed bag having started the season very well, but things have slowed down a bit for them now. A good win [against Norwich City] has calmed their situation down.

“They’re full of energy and effort and they’ve found a way that has affected the season enough to get to where they’ve got to.”

LAST TIME OUT

THE OFFICIALS

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Referee: Paul Tierney

Assistant Referees: Constantine Hatzidakis and Neil Davies

Fourth Official: John Brooks

VAR: Lee Mason 

Assistant VAR: Ian Hussin

Burnley 2021/22

268 fouls – 12th in Premier League

49 yellow cards – 8th in Premier League 

0 red cards – Fewest in Premier League

MATCHDAY INFO

Fans and players will come together in a show of support to the people of Ukraine affected by the Russian invasion. A yellow and blue card display has been organised for those in the North Stand. Fans there will be asked to raise their cards in the air shortly before kick-off for a moment of solidarity - we ask everyone attending the game to arrive early to join in.

HOW TO FOLLOW

Tomorrow'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 BBC Five Live. For the Brentford angle, Jonathan Douglas joins Mark Burridge on Bees Player.

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Match Reports

Brentford 2 Burnley 0

Two for Toney as Bees win at home

12 March 2022

Ivan Toney scored twice in the last five minutes as Brentford beat Burnley. The Bees probably had slightly the better of the game, but it looked like it would end all square. But Toney powered home a Christian Eriksen cross and then won and converted a penalty to secure a 2-0 win.

After victory against Norwich City last week, the Burnley success meant The Bees have recorded back-to-back wins for the first time in the Premier League. Neither goalkeeper was particularly busy, but Brentford created more of the chances. There was a vital save from David Raya when the game was level and when Toney made his mark late on, he gave The Bees the win.

It was an open start to the game with both teams looking to get on the front foot. Brentford looked to use the width given to them by Sergi Canós and Bryan Mbeumo while the visitors tried to get Maxwel Cornet on the ballas often as he could. They used Wout Weghorst as a target man and wanted the ball in Brentford territory with Cornet looking to find space to create openings. Burnley had a lot of set pieces in the first quarter of the contest, but Brentford had the better chances.

The closest the visitors came to an early goal was a free kick from Josh Brownhill that bent wide of  Raya’s goal. Brentford, at the other end, had clearer sights of goal. The Bees could have scored inside two minutes when a long pass from left to right from Canós released Mbeumo. He managed to work his way in to the penalty area but was crowded out. Toney and Kristoffer Ajer arrived in support, but no-one was able to get a shot away.

There was another opening soon after when Mbeumo again found space and his cross was half cleared. Rico Henry found Canós, and his shot deflected to Toney inside the area. Toney fed Mbeumo, but he shot over from 12 yards on the stretch. Toney and Canós combined to set up Eriksen to shoot from 18 yards soon after, but his low effort was tipped around the post by Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope.

Pope saved at the feet of Toney soon after, when Vitaly Janelt tried to release him in behind and Cornet pulled a shot across the face of goal at the other end. As the half hour approached Brentford were probably slightly on top. The Bees had more of the ball in midfield and were often denied by an important piece of defending from Burnley, or the last pass going awry. But the hosts were mindful of the threat of Cornet at the other end.

There was a great chance for Dwight McNeil when he drifted in off the left to meet an Ashley Westwood cross with a powerful header, but he failed to miss the target. Brentford also had to scramble away when James Tarkowski headed a deep corner back in to the danger area. But it was The Bees that ended the half on the front foot, with Mbeumo posing problems for the unprotected Burnley left back Charlie Taylor.

Taylor made one important tackle before Mbeumo was able to get past him a few moments later. Mbeumo weaved to the edge of the penalty area before letting fly with a shot that was blocked. As half time approached a Canós cross found Mbeumo again and he drilled in a cross-cum-shot that may have found the net, or Toney, but for the intervention of Tarkowski. Canós picked up the loose ball and had a shot that deflected in to the path of Janelt. The Brentford midfield man looked like he only had Pope to beat but Nathan Collins got back to make a vital tackle.

That ensured the game was level at half time, with Brentford probably slightly the happier. Burnley could, however, have scored within three minutes of the start of the second half when it looked like Cornet might be on to a Brownhill pass, but Raya rushed out and saved at his feet. Burnley tried to be positive at the start of the second period, but Brentford were having the efforts on goal.

Janelt looked like he was going to open the scoring when he stole in behind the Burnley midfield to meet a Canós cross with a header. Unfortunately, he was unable to head it down and the ball landed on the roof of the net. Christian Nørgaard saw a powerful long range shot blocked and an effort from Janelt, after a nice turn, deflected wide. Henry saw a shot blocked as Brentford continued to press.

There looked like a golden chance for The Bees when a clever flick from Toney released Mbeumo. He seemed to be away, but Tarkowski chased him down, forced him wide before he could shoot and made a tackle. Taylor then volleyed wide at the other end.

A loose pass from Henry gave Cornet the best chance of the game with 20 minutes remaining. Cornet beat Pinnock in a race to the pass, back towards the Brentford goal, and only had Raya to beat. Raya stood firm and kept out the low shot before recovering defenders could clear.

Burnley almost grabbed a goal out of nothing when substitute Jay Rodriguez turned and let fly from 25 yards. The ball dipped viciously over Raya and smashed off the crossbar. McNeil had a shot blocked soon after as Burnley had a spell of pressure, while Eriksen pulled a shot wide at the other end.

The next time Eriksen was in the game, it was the vital moment. Brentford had put together some attacking play on the left, but Yoane Wissa and Henry were unable to create the opening. Eriksen joined in and weaved in to space before measuring a cross for Toney to head in from close range. Toney pulled between Tarkowski and Taylor and nodded the ball down, past Pope and in to the net to put The Bees in front.

Burnley had four minutes, plus stoppage time, to chase the game and desperation set in. Tarkowski was booked for a hack at Mbeumo, not the first, and the visitors threw men forward. But that left them open at the back and Brentford exploited it.

Wissa’s ball found Eriksen in space on halfway and he was able to put Toney in behind, away from Tarkowski. Collins came back to help but ploughed in to the back of Toney and Referee Paul Tierney awarded a penalty. Collins was shown a red card as he made no attempt to play the ball and after a check from Video Assistant Referee Lee Mason, the decision stood. Toney lashed the penalty to the right of Pope and even thought the goalkeeper went the right way, he could do nothing. Toney had two and The Bees had the points.

Brentford: Raya; Ajer, Jansson, Pinnock, Henry; Janelt, Nørgaard (sub Jensen 81 mins), Eriksen; Mbeumo (sub Onyeka 90 mins), Toney, Canós (sub Wissa 75 mins)

Subs (not used): Lössl, Roerslev, Zanka, Bech, Baptiste, Ghoddos

Bookings: Toney (87 mins)

Burnley: Pope; Roberts, Collins, Tarkowski, Taylor; Lennon, Westwood, Brownhill, McNeil; Weghorst (sub Rodriguez 67 mins), Cornet

Subs (not used): Hennessy, Lowton, Cork, Barnes, Stephens, Bardsley, Long, Thomas

Bookings: Tarkowski (89 mins)

Sent Off: Collins (90 mins)

Attendance: 16,984 (1,700 away fans)

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Ticket News

Burnley Tickets sold out

A limited number of tickets will soon be available on exchange.brentfordfc.com.

31 January 2022

The Bees welcome Sean Dyche’s Burnley side to West London on Saturday 12 March (3pm kick off).

On-sale Dates 

  • All My Bees Members: Monday 31 January, 2pm (one per person, subject to availability).
    200 of these Match Tickets will be available to purchase at the Box Office only. If tickets are not sold out in the Box Office after two weeks they will be made available online.

Please note, you must become a My Bees Member at least 24 hours before the on sale day to be able to buy tickets online. Alternatively, you will be able to call or visit the Box Office.

TICKET ACCESS POINTS

Matchday prices

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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

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  • 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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