England Premier League
Saturday 13th August 2022
Kick off at 5:30pm BST
Venue: Brentford Community Stadium
The first week of the new Premier League season has been dominated by two stories; the arrival and impact of Manchester City’s Erling Haaland and the on going problems over at City’s rivals Manchester United.
United started their new season with a new manager in Erik Ten Hag and playing at home against Brighton a side who had previously never beaten the Red Devils, everything looked set up for a United victory and a positive start to the new season, surely the stars if not the players had aligned….Then reality set in and this United team look like the same United team that have been underachieving for a number of years and causing many loyal fans headaches in that time. United lost 2-1 at home to Brighton and at the end of the game ten Hag looked tired but it looked like he had been managing the club for some time and not just a matter of weeks.
Ten Hag comes to the Premier League with a lot of hype attached to him, and United may still make additional purchases before the transfer window closes, but for now the media have their eyes wide open, because sadly United are looking akin to a circus, whatever will happen next to the club?
Brentford came back against Leicester in their opening fixture of the season to come away with a respectable 2-2 draw at King Power Stadium. The Bees will be starting only their second season in the top flight since 1947 and this one will be about establishing themselves. The worry of course is that we have witnessed many promoted teams having a very decent first season only to fall away and be relegated in the next and this has to be on the minds of everyone associated with the club.
Brentford: Sergi Canos is out with his hamstring and is not due back for another 10 days at least. Kristoffer Ajer is also out with a hamstring injury but may return by the end of the month. Ethan Pinnock is out long term with a knee injury.
Manchester United: Anthony Martial is out with a hamstring injury with no fixed return date.
Brentford vs Man Utd Head to Head:
Last season this fixture finished 3-1 to Manchester United and they scored 6 times against the Bees in their two games played.
Brentford have not beaten Manchester United since 1938, although the clubs have only played each other 8 times in that period.
The last three meetings have all witnessed over 2.5 goals.
Brentford vs Man Utd Prediction:
The atmosphere for Manchester United will be daunting as Brentford’s fans will go all out to make life very difficult for the favourites. But this is a Brentford side whose best player last season is now playing for United, Christian Eriksen. Cristiano Ronaldo will surely start the game too after only making the bench last time. Ten Hag has a decent team on the pitch but they are going to have to learn how to gel together. Will this be a case of United playing better away from home, perhaps feeling less pressure in the cauldron that is Old Trafford?
As for Brentford they have little to lose, despite the negativity stories surrounding United they will be the favourites to win this match, and perhaps that means that Brentford can try and play their game and frustrate their opponents. This will be a fascinating game, because a good victory for United means that last week gets forgotten and it is onwards and upwards but dropped points means that the black cloud over the club thickens. Despite this we think United can bounce back and get their first win of the season.
Brentford vs Man Utd Betting Tips:
Manchester United to beat Brentford at 1.91
Anytime goalscorer: Cristiano Ronaldo at 2.00
Over 2.5 goals at 1.72