Position predicted by the authors of The Guardian: 18th (NB: this is not necessarily the prediction of Ben Fisher but the average of the advice of our editors)
Position from last season: 3rd in the championship
Odds of winning the league (via Oddschecker): 750-1
These are exciting times in Brentford. Months after Thomas Frank was ambushed by his players during his pitchside interviews at Wembley and held his press conference with a towel draped over his shoulders, it is time for a club that has outperformed its heavyweight championship rivals to put to the test in the world’s biggest league an intriguing theory based on smart thinking and astute recruiting.
How will they measure up? Everything indicates that Brentford is a welcome addition to the Premier League. They play a hard-hitting, forefoot style, promoting the youngsters of a new and aspiring B-team, established after dropping out of their academy five years ago, and in Frank they have a head coach at the box. -office. Ahead of May’s play-off semi-final victory over Bournemouth, he embarked on a pre-match pitch tour to turn the crowd up and last year he was sanctioned by the English League of football for using the fine drink breaks. set tactics on a magnetic whiteboard.
Brentford has a core of players who seem destined to take the plunge, from goalkeeper David Raya to Rico Henry, a force left-back, elegant Christian Norgaard, Vitaly Janelt, a defensive midfielder chosen at Bochum for 500,000 £, Bryan Mbeumo and, of course, Ivan Toney. For the first summer in a long time, Brentford didn’t have to worry about losing its best players to predators. They did not receive any offers for their Toney talisman and instead focused on strengthening in key areas.
They were planning to add to the right-back after Henrik Dalsgaard left, but the urgency of recruiting there may depend on their persistence with a three-way defense. Potential rookies, including goalkeepers and defenders, need to be comfortable in possession to fit into Brentford’s smooth passing style. Attitude and humility are also key, with Frank’s “no cockheads” mantra at the heart of the organic environment they have cultivated in recent years.
They paid a club record of £ 12million, plus additions, to Celtic for Kristoffer Ajer and received glowing references from Norwegian manager Ståle Solbakken about the center-back, who will add European experience to a youngster. group. Ajer’s arrival inflates Brentford’s options at the heart of the defense, with Charlie Goode, signed from Northampton last summer, fit to offer a competition alongside Mads Bech Sørensen for key pillars Pontus Jansson and Ethan Pinnock, who played in the seventh tier for Dulwich Hamlet in 2016 “It was a really scenic drive, but I enjoyed every step,” said Pinnock.
In midfield they added Frank Onyeka, a Nigerian box-to-box player whose physical attributes made him an attractive acquisition from Midtjylland, for whom he played in the Champions League. In 2014, Brentford’s down-to-earth owner Matthew Benham became the majority shareholder of the Danish club, where Brentford co-director of football Rasmus Ankersen is chairman. “The negotiators over there are so sweet,” joked Brentford co-manager Phil Giles during a season-end Q + A with supporters.
Onyeka will help fill the void left by Josh Dasilva, who will miss the start of the season with a hip injury, and teenagers Myles Peart-Harris and Daniel Oyegoke have joined Chelsea and Arsenal respectively, following a similar path to Dasilva, who has rejected a new contract at Arsenal in favor of advancing his career at a tuned club Brentford. Team B feeds into the first team, with Dasilva, Marcus Forss and Mads Roerslev the most salient examples of players to make the transition.
Brentford solidified last season and they are determined to build on the foundation that has brought them here. They are tactically flexible – they switched between 4-3-3, 3-4-3, and 3-5-2 last season – but their principles remain consistent. They will be inspired by how Leeds thrived on promotion and how Sheffield United excelled in their first season back in the top flight with pace hit at the second tier. “We cannot be happy now,” said Jansson, the captain. “We have to push the boundaries and do the best we can in the Premier League. The way this club operates, we are in good hands.
It’s hard to imagine now, but Frank has lost eight of his first 10 games in charge, although the club’s faith in his methods has never wavered and last season he became the first manager to guide Brentford towards great success since Harry Curtis in 1935. Frank, a colorful character and deep thinker who studied sports psychology, started coaching locally only because he needed to earn points for a college candidacy . His training years as a coach were spent with Denmark’s youth teams, before which he worked as an individual development coach under the guidance of current Denmark manager Kasper Hjulmand in Lyngby. He first joined Brentford as an assistant head coach to now Aston Villa manager Dean Smith five years ago. Usually wears a T-shirt and chinos for games. “I’m pretty straightforward and I don’t care too much about my appearance – so my wife is killing me a bit,” he said.
The consensus seems to be that if Toney is having a good season, then Brentford will too. The good pressure of work does not seem to confuse the forward, who has scored 31 league goals, including 11 impeccable penalties, in his first season for the club. Continued into preseason where he left off, but beyond the objectives his bonding play and aerial abilities in both boxes are priceless. Brentford has scored some candid goals and, while his back line inevitably comes under closer scrutiny, attacking can prove to be the best form of defense.
Brentford’s childhood supporter Matthew Benham is unconditionally loved by fans. Not the type to woo media attention, Benham keeps a low profile but raised a few smiles two years ago as he took penalties in jeans and sneakers at the end of Ealing Road after Brentford’s last competitive game at Griffin Park in an attempt to replicate the infamous Marcello Trotta stop. lack of time against Doncaster, who hit the crossbar and saw them miss promotion to League One. A graduate in physics from the University of Oxford, Benham created SmartOdds, which offers statistical data to professional players, after being mentored by Tony Bloom, the owner of Brighton, at Premier Bet.
Mathias Jensen struggled to replace Christian Eriksen in Denmark’s Group B opener against Finland after the worrying midfielder collapse in Copenhagen. After the delay, Jensen, flanked by his emotionally charged teammates, returned to the pitch, clasping his hands and covering his face. Neither Jensen nor Christian Norgaard started a game, but both played key roles off the bench as Denmark reached the bottom four. The pair arrived to tighten Denmark’s grip against Wales in the round of 16 and they finished on the pitch as England triumphed in overtime in the semi-finals at Wembley.
we will sing
The club’s unofficial anthem is Hey Jude – the Beatles lyrics could be heard from a piece of Wembley before and after the play-off win over Swansea in May – and it’s fair to say “Bees up, Fulham down”, on the air from Knees Up Mother Brown, became a popular chorus towards the end of last season. Fans will fill all the multicolored seats in their sparkling 17,250-seat stadium for the first time when Arsenal arrive for the opener.
Return to Brentford Community Stadium
Good Accessibility is straightforward in their striking and angular new stadium, adjacent to Kew Bridge station and nestled between winding railway lines.
The bad Remote parking nearby, as on several sites in the capital, is no easy task. Unlike Griffin Park, there is no pub on every corner of the grounds. Also home to the London Irish rugby union team.
The emblem was rebooted for the 2017-18 season after an 18-month consultation with key stakeholders, with the aim of making the previously hidden bee more visible. The designers fashioned an elegant crest, with the responsibility of creating a “simpler, bolder and more recognizable” look. Mission accomplished, with the key to rebranding to give the club a facelift. The pinstripes in the background are a nod to the red and white shirts.
“Toney should be in the England squad”
“Which manager will Frank be dealing with?”
“Are we too nice to play against?”
“So Arsenal released Josh Dasilva for nothing?” #regrets “
Giant furry bees, Buzz and Buzzette, were surprised when a 38-year-old man on his stag joined them in full gear for their match rituals three years ago.