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Match Preview: Brentford vs Everton

All the build-up to our Super Sunday visit from The Toffees

27 November 2021

THE OPPOSITION

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After a fine start, Everton's season has stalled somewhat, not helped by a slew of injury and suspension issues at Goodison Park. 

Rafael Benitez was nominated for the August Premier League Manager of the Month award after an unbeaten start in League and Cup. Seven games into the campaign, Everton were fifth, having lost just once in the Premier League. Since then they've taken just one point from their last five to slip down to 12th at the time of writing. They also exited the Carabao Cup on penalties to Sky Bet Championship side Queens Park Rangers. 

Everton scored 13 times in their opening seven league games but have found the net just three times in their last five. Dominic Calvert-Lewin hasn't featured since August but is still The Toffees top scorer with three goals. At the other end of the pitch, Everton have conceded 11 goals in their last five since losing Yerry Mina to injury in October. 

Only Arsenal and Watford (26) have used more players than Everton this season, with only four Everton players featuring in all 12 Premier League matches. 

Everton have enjoyed just 39.4% possession this campaign, the third lowest mark in the top flight, and have made the league's most tackles per game (19.7)

THE GAMEPLAN

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When asked for Hot Off The Press, Sky Sports' Ben Grounds , said: "Everton have tended to play with a back four this season - at the time of writing, it was only against Burnley in the Premier League that Benitez opted to deploy a back three with wing-backs - but Calvert-Lewin’s injury has left the manager scratching around for the best way of providing the right balance further up the pitch. Townsend has recently adapted his role to accommodate the absence of a target man at the end of his crosses, and he could again operate more centrally, with Gray and Gordon occupying the wide berths. Allan (above) and Delph should retain their places in midfield. Everton certainly will have prepared a specific game plan having analysed the strengths of Thomas Frank’s side - most notably from dead ball situations - but Benitez will look to get across the message that it will be through personality and aggression rather than relying on any set system that is more likely to result in three points. 

TEAM NEWS

Wissa, Mathias Jensen, and Mads Bech are all available again but Zanka (hamstring) will likely miss out. Kris Ajer (hamstring), David Raya, Julian Jeanvier, Tariqe Fosu (all knee), and Josh Dasilva (hip) are the longer-term absentees. 

Everton have a number of issues of their own. Abdoulaye Doucoure has returned to full training and could feature while Demarai Gray's availability will be assessed following his groin injury last weekend. Yerry Mina (hamstring), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (quad), Tom Davies (knee), and Andre Gomes (calf) are still out, while Mason Holgate and Richarlison are both suspended.

MATCH STATS

  • Rico Henry has scored in consecutive Premier League matches for Brentford, having netted only twice in his first 120 league appearances for the Bees. Indeed, 33 per cent of his goals in English league football have come in the last two fixtures (2/6).
  • No side have conceded more Premier League goals in the first half of matches this season than Brentford's 11, with the Bees letting in the highest share before half-time - 65 per cent. However, Everton have scored just four first-half goals this season, a total that exceeds only Aston Villa's total of three.
  • Everton have won five of their last six Premier League matches in London (L1), as many as they had in their previous 32 visits to the capital in the competition.
  • This is the first meeting between Brentford and Everton in any competition since September 2010, in a League Cup match. Following a 1-1 draw at Griffin Park, the Bees progressed 4-3 on penalties.

THE MANAGER

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Rafa Benitez has a CV to envy, his former clubs include Valencia, Liverpool, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Napoli, Real Madrid, and Newcastle, and a trophy cabinet filled with two La Liga titles, one Champions League, two Europa Leagues, one FIFA Club World Cup, one FA Cup, one Italian Cup, one UEFA Super Cup and two Italian Super Cups.

The 61-year-old Spaniard had a short playing career as a defender before starting on the path to management. It was at Valencia that he first proved himself, winning two league titles in a division dominated by Real Madrid and FC Barcelona before moving to Liverpool. At Anfield, he masterminded the famous Istanbul Champions League Final comeback, also winning an FA Cup, Community Shield, and Super Cup. After six years on Merseyside, Benitez added a Club World Cup and Italian Super Cup with Juventus, a Europa League at Chelsea, and an Italian Cup and Super Cup at Napoli before joining Newcastle in March 2016. 

He couldn't save The Magpies from relegation that season but led them to the Sky Bet Championship title the following year. He spent a further two years on Tyneside, and 18-months with Dalian Professional in China, before moving to Everton in the summer. In crossing Stanley Park, Benitez joined William Edward Barclay in the 1890s as the only men to manage both Liverpool and Everton.

THE OPPOSITION VIEW

Rafael Benitez told evertonfc.com: “They started with a lot of confidence, with intensity, playing well and got some points. Little by little, everybody knows you better, then it's more difficult to surprise anyone. But these kinds of teams have the advantage of working the same way for a while.

“They know exactly what the manager wants, and the players know each other really well. We are playing against a good team at their home but we have to compete with them and push them to get the three points.”

LAST TIME OUT

THE OFFICIALS

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Referee: Darren England

Assistant Referees: Constantine Hatzidakis and Peter Kirkup

Fourth Official: John Brooks

VAR: Jonathan Moss

Assistant VAR: Marc Perry

Everton 2021/22

109 fouls - 16th in Premier League  

21 yellow card - 13th in Premier League

1 red cards - Joint-second most in Premier League

MATCHDAY INFO

There are two trains per hours from Kew Bridge towards Feltham on Sunday with an additional service at 13:31 and another additional service at 16:00. There are two trains per hour from Kew Bridge towards London Waterloo.

In line with recent Premier League guidance, we will be conducting a limited number of COVID-19 status spot checks

Get to the ground early on matchday and enjoy big savings on food and drink inside the stadium

HOW TO FOLLOW

Sunday's game is live on Super Sunday, kick-off 2pm, and around the world via the Premier League's broadcast partners.

Supporters can also join Mark Burridge, Karleigh Osborne, and Jonathan Douglas on Bees Player for live commentary.

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Match Reports

Brentford 1 Everton 0

Single goal gives Bees three points

28 November 2021

A first half penalty from Ivan Toney was enough for give Brentford a win over Everton. The striker slotted home midway through the first period to settle an even game. In a match of few chances, Brentford had the best and that got them the win.

It was an even contest for most of a cold West London afternoon. Toney’s penalty was the first real chance and Brentford did not have many. But they also limited Everton, defended well and did enough to get over the line.

It took a while for the match to get going. The teams cancelled each other out for most of the first 20 minutes. Neither was able to put together much in the way of attacking possession. Brentford played a little more on the front foot than their visitors, but the game was mostly played in the midfield area.

Brentford were patient in possession in the early stages. They looked to build from the back and through midfield, inviting Everton to push men forward as they then looked to play past them. Everton tried to free their wide attackers, supported from full back, and while there were set pieces for Brentford and the odd cross from both sides, nothing happened until the incident that ended with The Bees getting the only goal.

It came from a corner won by Bryan Mbeumo on the left. The first delivery from Sergi Canós was cleared but he got another go and the second was punched away, underneath his crossbar by Jordan Pickford. Frank Onyeka challenged for the loose ball and was kicked in the head by Andros Townsend, Ethan Pinnock won the next ball in to the box and Pontus Jansson was able to shoot, but it lacked power and Pickford saved.

The foul was obvious, but Referee Darren England let play go on and Everton broke away. Lewis Gordon ran most of the length of the pitch and found Salomón Rondón inside the penalty area. He looked set to finish but Mbeumo had sprinted from the other end of the pitch to make the tackle.

At that point, Mr England stopped the game and was alerted by Video Assistant Referee Jonathan Moss that he has missed the foul on Onyeka. Mr England checked the monitor by the side of the pitch and, to the surprise of no-one, pointed to the penalty spot. Toney measured his run up and placed the ball to the right of Pickford, who had leaned the other way, to put Brentford in front.

That lead could have lasted a matter of seconds as Everton went on the attack from kick-off. The ball was worked down the left and then in to the feet of Rondón inside the area. He turned and fired low, but Álvaro Fernández got down well to save with his feet. Townsend got on to the loose ball and delivered a cross, but Fernández was well placed to save the header from Rondón.

The game had sprung in to life and was end-to-end. Mbeumo won a header that allowed Toney to exchange passes with Onyeka. Onyeka ran away on the right and delivered a cross that would have been tapped home by Mbeumo had Pickford not dived full stretch to get his hands on it. Toney then played a pass that released Vitaly Janelt, bursting in to the penalty area. He looked set to shoot but Abdoulaye Doucouré tracked his run back and made a challenge just in time.

Pinnock had a header saved from a long throw as the game continued to flow from end-to-end and when it settled down, The Bees took control. They could have got a second before half time when a clipped pass from Toney reached Mbeumo on the far side. He probably had a fraction more time than he though and snatched at a shot, which was saved by Pickford.

Everton up the tempo in the minutes just before half time and put more men in attacking areas, looking for an equaliser. Lucas Digne fired a free kick over the crossbar before Townsend found space on the right to deliver a cross for the arriving Doucouré. He looked set to head in, but Charlie Goode made a block. Michael Kene fired in a shot from distance that was deflected away and when Brentford cleared the corner, the half ended with them in front.

It could have got even better in the first minute of the second half when Canós met a half cleared long throw on the volley, but his effort fizzed over the crossbar. But The Bees were pushed back at the start of the second period. Everton took control of the midfield area, won more of the second balls and forced Brentford back. The Bees could not build play as they had done in the first start as Allan and Doucouré dominated the centre of the park.

Everton were particularly threatening on the right, with Séamus Coleman providing support on that side. Rondón lashed over when a Goode clearance was charged down. Coleman got away soon after and his cross again dropped to Rondón, but Janelt was well placed to make a block. Brentford failed to clear another cross soon after and Alex Iwobi was able to get a shot away, but this time Fernández got down to save.

Goode made a vital challenge inside the area when it looked like Gordon might be in and Fernández held in to a deflected shot from substitute Demarai Gray as the minutes started to tick down. Everton had the ascendancy and Brentford were forced in to changes with Rico Henry and Christian Nørgaard both leaving the game early, moving uneasily. Canós was also unable to complete the 90 minutes and Mbeumo ended the afternoon at left wing back with Yoane Wissa introduced.

Rondón headed powerfully wide for Everton late on and Fernández saved from Iwobi, but Brentford were mostly allowing Everton to play in front of them, defending their penalty area and stopping the crosses. The Bees could have sealed the game with a second at the death. Shandon Baptiste won possession deep in Everton territory and had space to shoot, instead he found Wissa and the low shot was held by Pickford.

Brentford spent most of the last minutes in Everton territory. They forced the visitors to defend and stopped them pushing forward. After a series of ricochet in the penalty area, Wissa was unable to get a shot away and Mbeumo shot over. That proved to be the last action of the match, Mr England brought proceedings to a close and Brentford had the win.

Brentford: Fernández; Goode, Jansson, Pinnock; Canós (sub Wissa 87 mins), Onyeka, Nørgaard (sub Baptiste 70 mins), Janelt, Henry (sub Roerslev 77 mins); Toney, Mbeumo

Subs (not used): Cox, Bech, Thompson, Ghoddos, Forss, Jensen

Bookings: Onyeka (43 mins), Canós (51 mins), Jansson (67 mins), Mbeumo (90 mins)

Everton: Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Godfrey, Digne; Allan, Doucouré; Townsend (sub Gray 70 mins), Iwobi, Gordon; Rondón

Subs (not used): Begović; Kenny, Delph, Tosun, Gbamin, Branthwaite, Simms, Dobbin

Bookings: Townsend (38 mins), Rondón (67 mins), Godfrey (81 mins)

Attendance: 16,957 (1,725 away fans)

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Ticket News

Match Tickets SOLD OUT

Some tickets may be available to Members on exchange.brentfordfc.com

18 October 2021

The Bees face Everton on Sunday 28 November at 2pm and this will be our first league game against the Toffees since 1954. 

Tickets are now sold out. Some tickets may be available to Members on exchange.brentfordfc.com

On-sale Dates 

  • All My Bees Members: Monday 18 October, 2pm (non-guaranteed ticket, one per person, subject to availability and six per transaction).
    200 Tickets will be available from the Stadium Box Office only. 

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 NA NA NA
Band A+ £45 NA NA NA
Band A £40 NA NA NA
Band B £35 NA NA NA
Family Area £25 NA NA NA
  • No booking fees apply when buying online or person from the Box Office
  • Admin fee of £1 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 (and 30 minutes after full time).
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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