These sides have one win apiece from their encounters this season. The Bees won 1-0 at home in the first-ever Premier League match between them back in November. However, Everton hammered them 4-1 in the fourth round of the FA Cup back in February here at Goodison Park. Brentford are enjoying their best run of form at the end of this season over their last nine games and also have the benefit of a full week of rest since their last game. Therefore, 101 Great Goals' prediction for this match is Everton 1 - 2 Brentford and is available at odds of 12/1.
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Everton welcomes Brentford to Goodison Park in Liverpool on Sunday for this Premier League match.
The Toffees have been in good form over their last six games. However, there were signs in midweek that injuries and this schedule of six games in just 26 days is catching up with them. Their visit to Watford produced a dull performance from both sides with neither team creating any chances of quality in the match. Everton certainly had the better of the half-chances both in terms of quality and volume and they were the only side to actually test the opponent's goalkeeper.
The few shots they managed to get on target in open play were all very central and close to the keeper making saving them too easy for Ben Foster. Michael Keane’s header from a corner was the only effort in the match aimed into the corner of the goal but Ben Foster in the Hornets goal was an equal match to it.
Their forward Richarlison failed to register a shot in open play. The two he did manage resulted from a corner and a throw-in. If he is going to carry the goalscoring burden for this team in their final two games, he will need to see much better service than that. The positive from the game is how well they shut Watford down on the night, with the Hornets failing to produce a single shot in open play. What little threat they did pose came from set-pieces.
However, Watford are one of the weakest set-piece sides in the country. Only Norwich have fewer than Watford’s five goals from corners and free-kicks this season. In Brentford, they are facing probably the most dangerous set-piece side in the country relative to the number of attacks the team has. They are third behind the two dominant attacking sides – Liverpool and Manchester City – for set-piece goals this season. However, the two title-challenging sides have far more attacks than Brentford and therefore have many more set-piece opportunities from which to generate those goals.
Defensively, set pieces have often been the Toffee’s Achilles heel this season. Only Leicester, Leeds and Southampton have conceded more than Everton’s fourteen set-piece goals against this season. Therefore a goal for Brentford from a set piece here could be on the cards.
Brentford’s main problem has been counterattacking goals, with only Villa conceding more goals on the counter than the Bees this season. Everton are neither weak nor strong on the counter but in Gray and Gordon, they have two wide players capable of carrying the ball at pace and could trouble the Bees on the break.
Richarlison Goalscorer - Richarlison (pictured above) scored the second and ultimately winning goal in the 4-1 win against Brentford in the FA Cup earlier this year. He also scored the only goal of the game against Chelsea in Everton’s last match at Goodison Park. The Brazilian international is the 5/1 favourite to score the game’s opener as he did against Chelsea. Or 2.4/1 to bag a goal at any time during the game once again against Brentford.
Everton team news
Andros Townsend and Nathan Patterson remain on the long term injury list and won’t be involved for the remainder of this season due to ACL and ankle injuries respectively. Yerry Mina remains ruled out with a calf problem that saw him last just eighteen minutes against Leicester before being removed. Michael Keane replaced him at the weekend and will likely start here once again.
Fabian Delph was removed ten minutes from time against Watford with a small muscle injury. Allan replaced him and likely starts in his place here. Ben Godfrey (pictured above) has also been out for the last few weeks but is nearing a return and faces a late fitness test here. Donny van de Beek is likewise nearing a return from the recent groin problem troubling him lately and faces a fitness test.
Brentford team news
The Bees came through the 3-0 win against Southampton without any fresh injury or suspension concerns. That means Frank Onyeka and Mathias Jorgensen are the only two Brentford players on the long term injury list and ruled out for the remainder of the season with ankle and pelvis injuries respectively.
Sergi Canos has missed the last few games for Brentford with a thigh problem. However, he is expected back in the squad to face Everton. Ethan Pinnock and Saman Ghoddos are also both nearing a return to action having missed the last few games and fit a late fitness test here.
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