Arsenal start the weekend top of the Premier League table, but they’ll surely need to win this one to remain there for another fortnight.
13 months ago, the Gunners began last season with a 2-0 defeat at the Brentford Community Stadium, infamously losing their first three matches without scoring.
A lot has changed since then, specifically the fact Mikel Arteta’s team began this campaign with five successive victories.
The Gunners’ perfect start did come to an end a fortnight ago as they were beaten 3-1 at Old Trafford by Manchester United.
Bukayo Saka equalising in the second half, before Man United caught Arsenal cold on the counter attack twice.
In the subsequent two weeks, they were scheduled to be in action thrice, but have taken to the field only once.
This came ten days ago, edging out Swiss Champions FC Zürich 2-1 in the Europa League.
Teenager Marquinhos breaking the deadlock at Kybunpark on debut, before Eddie Nketiah bundled home the winner at the back post.
With their next fixture the North London Derby on 1 October, will Arsenal go into that match still sitting pretty at the top of the tree?
As for Brentford, they won more English top-flight games than anyone else during the reign of Edward VIII; can they make a positive start to Charles III’s reign?
Well, right now, the Bees are buzzing, sat eighth, which would represent their best top-flight finish since 1937/38, when George VI was on the throne, if you’re keeping track.
That season, they beat Arsenal home and away, doing so in the space of just three days, amazingly drawing with Stoke in-between.
In more modern times, Thomas Frank’s team demolished Leeds in their last outing, running out 5-2 winners.
Ivan Toney scoring hat-trick, featuring a gorgeous free-kick and an impudent chip, with Bryan Mbeumo and Yoane Wissa also on target.
So, Brentford have still only lost once this season, only beaten in one of eight home games since the end of February.
Will the league-leaders come unstuck in this London derby?