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One in, one out: Brentford team news update before Norwich

One in, one out: Brentford team news update before Norwich

Team news provides a slight boost to the Bees

Newly promoted Brentford are set to bring the Championship to the Premier League this weekend, when they welcome fellow promoted outfit Norwich to the Brentford Community Stadium on Saturday.

The Bees have managed to defeat Daniel Farke’s Canaries on just one occasion in their last six meetings – which was not even in a competitive competition – but they have adjusted to life in the top flight of English football far better than their counterparts thus far.

In a boost to their hopes of securing three points at home at the weekend, Thomas Frank confirmed that key winger Bryan Mbeumo should be fit and available to retake his place in the starting XI, so long as he successfully comes through training on Friday.

The former French U21 international sat out the last Premier League fixture for Brentford as an unused substitute due to fitness issues, watching on as the Bees crashed to a 3-1 defeat at Burnley.

His return to the front-line alongside Ivan Toney comes not a moment too soon as Brentford needs to arrest their current dip in form.

But the capital club also received damaging news to their back-line, as Frank confirmed that summer signing Kristoffer Ajer is set to miss “a fair amount of weeks”, while first-choice goalkeeper David Raya also remains sidelined for the foreseeable future in a big blow to the Bees’ plans.

Brentford have a golden opportunity to arrest their dip in form

After starting the season like a house on fire (3-3-1) in the wake of their promotion to the Premier League, Brentford has hit a bit of a snag and a serious dip in form in recent weeks.

One in, one out: Brentford team news update before Norwich

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 03: Thomas Frank, Manager of Brentford prior to the Premier League match between West Ham United and Brentford at London Stadium on October 03, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Two close defeats to Chelsea (1-0) and Leicester City (2-1) are hardly results that are cause for concern, but a 3-1 loss to Burnley could be a bit of a worry given the way the Bees began the 2021-22 campaign.

Still, despite their poor recent record against Norwich, the fact that Farke’s Canaries sit bottom of the league and have failed to secure a single three-point haul this term – while scoring a paltry three goals in the process – constitutes the ideal time to not only reverse their head-to-head record, but get back on track in their hunt for a credible first season finish in the Premier League.

This article was edited by Conor Laird.