Top-half residers and Brentford have started 2023-24 in solid form under Thomas Frank despite the absence of star Ivan Toney after the Bees banked four points from a possible six after a pair of capital clashes with Tottenham and Fulham, and are now set for a third when they lock horns with Crystal Palace.
The budding partnership of Yoane Wissa and Bryan Mbeumo has come good in spades in the absence of Toney, with the forward pair bagging five goals between them as Brentford come into the weekend sitting fourth in the table, dispelling any notion that the club would not be able to get on without their leading light in the middle of the front three.
A tricky task against Palace awaits, with Roy Hodgson’s Eagles fighting to a 1-0 defeat against Arsenal, with their own attacking qualities capable of causing issues for the home side, but we could be in a period where Brentford, once again, are presented with a chance to upset the top-six apple cart akin to that of Brighton last season should their form under Frank continue before the return of Toney.
Thomas Frank has no major squad concerns coming into the weekend capital clash with Crystal Palace.
Ivan Toney, of course, remains out until the new year as he continues to serve his suspension for betting breaches, while Josh Dasilva remains unfit for service as he recovers from injury.
Ben Mee is facing a late assessment to gauge his availability, but he is likely to not be risked by his Danish manager on the day unless circumstances shift come Saturday.