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Free soccer tips, best bets and analysis for Brentford v Brighton in the Premier League on Friday.

where to watch

Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event, 8 p.m. Friday

Best bet

Brentford draw no bet
1pt 6-5 bet fred

Team News

Christian Norgaard (Achilles), Pontus Jansson (hamstring) and Keane Lewis-Potter (ankle) are unavailable.

Enock Mwepu was forced to retire due to heart disease. Jakub Moder (knee) is a long-term absentee.

Match preview

Brentford manager Thomas Frank admitted he was furious after last Saturday’s 5-1 defeat at Newcastle, but his side are generally more effective at home and can fight back against Brighton on Friday night.

As well as being a key high-profile fight, the game is also a battle between former colleagues, as Brentford owner Matthew Benham previously worked for Brighton counterpart Tony Bloom at Premier Bet before Benham leaves the company and their relationship deteriorates.

Both have shown bold and innovative leadership with their clubs, but while there are similarities to their off-field approach, the on-field tactics of Brentford manager Thomas Frank and Brighton gaffer Roberto De Zerbi are quite different.

Frank has changed the possession-based style that won Brentford promotion to favor a more direct approach in the Premier League. His team averaged 44.3% possession last season and only slightly more possession, 46.2%, this season, but they continue to score consistently and are 11th with ten points. in nine matches.

Brentford were unusually uncompetitive against Newcastle, but they have been generally strong at home, taking seven points from a possible 12 this season, and will feel Friday’s game is eminently winnable.

Brighton have started the season well and have the chance to return to the top four with a win in west London. However, the Seagulls have taken just four points from their last four matches and need to improve on last Saturday’s 1-0 loss at home to Tottenham as they struggled to create clean chances.

Brighton have good midfield technicians and often dominate possession, but they lack a top-notch finisher and have had far too many instances of them playing well and failing to get the result.

Brentford are less silky than the Seagulls on the ball, but they pose a threat on the counter thanks to pace from Bryan Mbeumo and Ivan Toney.

The pair have scored eight goals – two for Mbeumo and six for Toney – and their direct play is a clear danger for Brighton, who often favor a high defensive line.

Brighton encountered similar tactics when they traveled to Fulham at the end of August and were beaten 2-1 despite having 61 per cent possession.

They could be sucked into a similar trap by Brentford, who appear to have decent value at odds with the draw-no-bet coupon.

Key stat

Brentford have won five of their last nine home games.

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Aerial threat on set piece Ben Mee
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