Thursday, April 25, 2024

Prediction: West Ham vs Brentford

Verdict: Brentford draw no bet

Best Odds: 21/20

Bookmaker: Luckster

Two sides who are seeking a crucial Premier League boost on Monday night, West Ham will welcome Brentford to the London Stadium.

West Ham

Starting with the hosts, while West Ham might get their Europa League knockout stage adventure underway next month, it is no secret that David Moyes has a huge amount of pressure on his shoulders in east London. Last seen putting in another worrying performance as they slumped to a deserved 2-0 defeat away at Nottingham Forest, the Hammers have lost all of their previous three Premier League showdowns by an aggregate score of 11-0. With their nightmare blip underlined by an infamous 6-0 drumming at the hands of Arsenal on February 11th, Moyes’ men have failed to muster a single victory from any of their eight appearances across all competitions since opening up 2024. Enduring their worst start to a calendar year since way back in 1997, West Ham have continued to gain a reputation for their glaring defensive issues. Failing to win any of their five Premier League battles against Monday’s guests, Moyes’ downbeat squad should face another tricky test here.

Team News

While Lucas Paqueta might have made a return to first-team training, the Brazil international faces a race against the clock to feature on Monday night. Shown a second-half red card away at Nottingham Forest last week and enduring a nightmare start to life in east London, England international Kalvin Phillips will serve a one-match suspension here.

Returning from a long-term knee injury at the City Ground last week, Michail Antonio should spearhead Moyes’ charge. Failing to notch a Premier League strike since opening up the New Year, Jarrod Bowen will certainly have a leading role to play on Monday night.

Brentford

As for the visitors, while Brentford might have secured a crucial 2-0 victory away at Wolves earlier in the month, Thomas Frank’s side have continued to struggle with their consistency this season. Last seen suffering a 1-0 defeat at home against defending champions Manchester City, the Bees have lost four of their previous five Premier League appearances and some around west London are looking over their shoulder at a potential relegation scrap. Watching their FA Cup adventure come to an end last month following a 3-2 defeat at Molineux, Monday’s guests have mustered just a pair of wins from any of their previous 13 straight contests across all competitions. With that extended crisis stemming all the way back to December 2nd, Brentford should at least take some solace from a rampant record against West Ham. Including an action-packed 3-2 win when they welcomed the Hammers to west London back on November 4th, they have won all of their five Premier League showdowns.

Team News

All still dealing with respective injury issues Brentford will travel across the capital without the likes of Josh Dasilva, Rico Henry, Aaron Hickey, Kevin Schade and Bryan Mbeumo. Likewise, missing out against Manchester City last week, 30-year-old Ethan Pinnock is once again seen as a major doubt here.

Bagging four Premier League goals in his six appearances since returning from a nine-month ban, England international Ivan Toney will be looking to extend on his flurry here. Making a loan switch from Tottenham during January’s transfer window, Sergio Reguilon will keep his spot at left-wing back.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When West Ham and Brentford met for their reverse Premier League showdown back on November 4th, Brentford picked up a 3-2 victory.
    • Likewise, the Bees have won all of their previous five Premier League meetings against Monday’s hosts.
    • West Ham have failed to muster a single victory across any competition since opening up the New Year.
    • Brentford have lost four of their previous five Premier League appearances.
    • England international Ivan Toney has recorded four goals in his six Premier League appearances since returning from a nine-month ban.

    Conclusion

    While Brentford might find themselves in the midst of an extended struggle, the Bees should be smelling the chance to make a statement when they travel across the capital on Monday night. Clinching a 3-2 victory when they welcomed West Ham to west London for their reverse Premier League meeting on November 4th, Frank’s side hold a rampant record against the Hammers. In fact, winning all of their five Premier League showdowns, we are predicting an away draw no bet here.

    Verdict: Brentford draw no bet

    Best Odds: 21/20

    Bookmaker: Luckster

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
    Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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