Brentford vs Newcastle preview: Team news, predicted lineups, ones to watch and how to watch
Joelinton battles with Ethan Pinnock last time the sides met, Getty Images/Will Matthews

Brentford will look to find their first three points in nine attempts, but face stiff opposition as Newcastle United visit the Brentford Community Stadium for the first time in the Premier League. 

Brentford had an impressive start to the season under Thomas Frank after infamously conquering Arsenal on the opening day, sparking solid performances.

The home side have failed to register a Premier League victory seven attempts, with their last three points coming against Aston Villa.

They sit 14th now but are growing ever more fearful of the drop zone with the gap only being four points from the bottom three, with Burnley having three games in hand on them.

Newcastle on the other hand will be confident of extending their unbeaten run to eight games after a valiant point against West Ham last time out.

Their last loss was in December of last year to Manchester City. A win here would help them climb out of relegation contention, leap frogging above their opponents to a potential season high of 14th.

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​​​​Embed from Getty Images Miguel Almiron contests with Declan Rice in Newcastle's last fixture

 

Team news - Brentford

Brentford come into the game with, for the first time this season, a fully fit squad, this means the inclusion of star striker who had found himself amongst controversy, Ivan Toney.

There will also be the eagerly anticipated debut of Christian Eriksen, who signed a short term deal with the Bees in January.

It is unsure whether he will make the starting eleven, but his appearance is due after Thomas Frank confirmed in his press conference regarding the game on Saturday.

Team news - Newcastle

Newcastle on the other hand do have injury issues to deal with. The continued absence of Kieran Trippier will be a sore miss.

However there are the potential returns of French starlet, Allan Saint Maximin, who missed out with a calf issue against West Ham, although his presence isn't confirmed as Howe will make a 'late call'.

Javier Manquillo may return to the team, but again may not be up to fitness.

Luckily for The Magpies though is that the squad that travelled to the London Stadium came back unscathed.

Previous meeting

When these two sides met earlier in the season it proved to be a Premier League classic in a six-goal thriller.

It ended three all St James' Park in Eddie Howe's first game, even though he could not attend after testing positive for COVID-19.

Joelinton opened his account in this tie and Ivan Toney scored on his return to the club.

Ones to watch

Brentford - Christian Eriksen

Who else could it be? The Danish international will make his return to the Premier League and football altogether after he collapsed at the Euro's in an event that shocked the world.

He will no doubt have retained his superb quality on the ball and of course his dead ball specialties. 

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Embed from Getty Images Christian Eriksen applauds the Brentford faithful as he's welcomed to the club.

 

Newcastle - Joe Willock

Willock has been revitalised under Howe after he failed to impress after his £25 million move from Arsenal in the summer, which came after his successful loan to the North East side.

He found his first goal of the season last time out, with a smart finish just before half time to equal the game.

His partnership with Jonjo Shelvey and Joelinton has excelled his performances and cemented his sport in the starting eleven.

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Embed from Getty Images Willock celebrates his equaliser last weekend with Emil Krafth and Matt Targett.

 

Predicted lineups

Brentford: Raya, Ajer, Jansson, Pinnock, Canos, Dasilva, Norgaard, Janelt, Henry, Mbuemo, Toney (3-5-2)

Newcastle: Dubravka, Manquillo, Schar, Burn, Targett, Willock, Shelvey, Joelinton, Fraser, Saint-Maximin, Wood (4-5-1)

Where to watch

This game falls on Saturday at 3pm, so due to the blackout it will unable to be viewed live.

However, highlights will be posted to YouTube shortly after the final whistle.

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