Brentford’s home stats tell worrying story


Fresh from obtaining a first-leg advantage in their Europa Conference League semi-final with AZ Alkmaar, we return to Premier League action against London rivals Brentford at the Gtech Community Stadium on Sunday afternoon.   

The Hammers edged past AZ Alkmaar 2-1 at the London Stadium on Thursday, while the Bees’ most recent encounter ended in a 1-0 to Liverpool at Anfield.

A three-game unbeaten run for Brentford was brought to a swift end upon their visit to Merseyside last weekend, where a 13th-minute Salah goal proved decisive to hand Liverpool their sixth Premier League win on the bounce.

Unlike the Irons, Brentford can largely forget about any flights across Europe next term as they go about fixing a patchy spell of home form, which has seen the Bees win just two of their last six at the Gtech Community Stadium.

However, only Arsenal and Newcastle United have beaten Frank’s men this season on their own soil, where Brentford have both scored and conceded in each of their last six Premier League affairs, and the Bees would do well to capitalise on West Ham‘s European fatigue.

So, attention now turns to the relegation dogfight in the Premier League, as the 15th-placed Hammers are still not mathematically safe heading into the weekend – sitting seven clear of the drop zone with three games remaining.

However, should Leicester City and Leeds United both lose this weekend – not an impossible scenario as they face Liverpool and Newcastle United respectively – West Ham’s survival will be confirmed with two games to spare, and a hard-fought 1-0 win over Manchester United last weekend edged Moyes’s side ever closer to retaining their top-flight status.

The Hammers’ last two away games versus Crystal Palace and Manchester City both ended in defeat, though, and they have also been beaten in their three Premier League clashes so far with Brentford, although their FA Cup third-round showdown in January ended in a 1-0 triumph for Moyes’s men.

It will be interesting to see what sort of squad our Supremo will put out, hopefully he will rest a few players.

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