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  1. Lawro's predictions: Brentford v Everton, published at18:06 26 November

    Mark Lawrenson takes on rapper and Arsenal fan Jelani Blackman for the latest round of Premier League predictions.

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    Lawro's prediction: 2-1

    Both of these sides are on a bad run of results, but it is Everton who I am most concerned about because they have been playing poorly too.

    Yes, the Bees have started to concede a lot of goals, but Everton just don't look capable of punishing them at the moment.

    Rafa Benitez's side started the season really well but injuries have taken their toll on a shallow squad. I look at them now and they are just a shadow of their former selves.

    Jelani's prediction: 2-2

    Find out how Lawro and Jelani think the rest of this week's fixtures will go

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  2. Brentford v Everton: Team news, published at15:18 26 November

    Brentford's Yoane Wissa and Everton's Demarai Gray could be in contention to return for Sunday's match between the two sides.Image source, Getty Images

    Brentford will have forward Yoane Wissa available for selection again following an ankle injury.

    Mads Sorensen and Mathias Jensen are both back in contention but Mathias Jorgensen is likely to miss out.

    Everton manager Rafael Benitez may welcome back Demarai Gray, whose muscle injury is not as serious as first feared.

    Abdoulaye Doucoure will also face a fitness test, while Richarlison and Mason Holgate are suspended.

    Yerry Mina, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Andre Gomes and Tom Davies are all still out for the Toffees.

    Who makes your Brentford team on Sunday?

    Select and share your Everton XI here

  3. Latest Fantasy 606 podcast out now, published at13:44 26 November

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    Still wondering which changes to make for this weekend's fantasy football? Well look no further as Alistair Bruce-Ball and Chris Sutton return for this week's podcast.

    With Statman Dave ruled out because of illness, Nick from the Who Got The Assist? podcast steps in to give us his expertise and insight before gameweek 13.

    Read this week's top tips here

    And listen to the full podcast on BBC Sounds

  4. Frank optimistic despite Bees form, published at11:34 26 November

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    Brentford manager Thomas Frank says he is “not worried” about inconsistent home form and feels his players remain in confident mood, despite a run of five league games without a victory.

    The Bees host Everton – who are winless in six matches – on Sunday and Frank says he continues to stress to his players the need to be “brave” and “take risks”.

    Frank said: “In general, you get confidence from three things - training very well, if you perform in games and third the results. We have been training very well throughout the season. We are performing well. In general it has been good, so we just need to keep it up.”

    Frank’s side lost four straight games before a draw with Newcastle last time out.

    The Danish coach says he did have one conversation with his players in pre-season where he explained occasional bad runs of form will happen in the Premier League.

    “I am still surprised we lost four in a row - that’s my positive mindset,” he added. “After a loss, it is more draining the day after. The more you win, the less you have that.”

    Brentford have not won at home in the league since August and Frank added: “I’d 100% like home form to be a fortress and an unbelievable difficult place to play. That’s the aim. I am not worried.

    “If you want to achieve something, you need to be able to get points home and away. I think good home form is just around the corner. I think our fans have shown when they are really on it they can make a hostile environment.”

    You can read what all the Premier League managers said on Friday in our build-up page here

  5. Frank on home kit, form and improving, published at09:06 26 November

    Thomas Frank has been speaking to the media before Sunday’s home fixture against Everton.

    Here is what the Brentford manager had to say:

    • The club’s decision to use the same home kit next season is “fantastic news”. Frank added: “Our fans have been fantastic during the pandemic, we try to give something back”;

    • Frank says his players get confidence from three areas – training well, playing well and results – and while they are winless in five league games, they remain confident as training and performance levels are good;

    • Despite Brentford only having one home league win this season, Frank said he believes improved results at the Brentford Community Stadium are “just around the corner”, adding: “I’d 100% like our home form to be a fortress and an unbelievably difficult place to play. That’s the aim. I think our fans have shown when they are really on it they can make a hostile environment”;

    • Frank said, as a manager, he hopes to improve more tactically but he believes the two areas that are most difficult to do so are man management and overall leadership;

    • He said his team can overcome any lack of Premier League experience through their effort, adding that he is “very precise” when speaking with possible new signings. “I expect them to run a lot. We train hard. A lot of our sessions, we play with higher match intensity than matches. We don’t have the same quality as a lot of other teams so we need to be bang up there. You can always learn to run, it’s just a mindset," he said.

    You can follow all of Friday's news conferences in our Premier League build-up page

  6. Brentford v Everton: What does the form show?, published at12:07 25 November

    Brentford v Everton form in past 5 games: Brentford: draw v Newcastle, losses v Norwich and Burnley, win v Stoke, loss v Leicester. Everton - loss v Man City, draw v Tottenham, losses v Wolves, Watford and West Ham
    • Everton have won five of their past six Premier League games in London (lost one), as many as they had in their previous 32 visits to the capital in the competition.

    • Just 31% of Brentford’s Premier League points this season have come in home games (four from 13), the lowest ratio in the competition so far this term. Indeed, the Bees are winless at home since beating Arsenal 2-0 on the opening day of the season.

    • Having kept three clean sheets and conceding just two goals (0.4 per game) in their first five Premier League games, Brentford have conceded in each of their past seven in the competition (15 in total – 2.1 per game).

    • Meanwhile, Everton had won 13 points from their first six Premier League games this season (won four, drawn one, lost one), leaving them in fifth place and just one point off top spot. However, since then the Toffees have earned just two more points (drawn two, lost four), fewer than any other Premier League side over the past six games.

  7. Weekend fixtures at a glance, published at11:23 25 November

    Saturday fixtures: Arsenal v Newcastle 12:30 GMT, Crystal Palace v Aston Villa 15:00 GMT, Liverpool v Southampton 15:00 GMT, Norwich v Wolves 15:00 GMT, Brighton v Leeds 17:30 GMT. Sunday fixtures: Brentford v Everton 14:00 GMT, Burnley v Tottenham 14:00 GMT, Leicester v Watford 14:00 GMT, Man City v West Ham 14:00 GMT, Chelsea v Man Utd 16:30 GMT
  8. Brentford v Everton: Head-to-head stats, published at11:37 24 November

    Head to head record, 17 games. Brentford, 7 wins, 23 goals, 5 clean sheets. Everton 7 wins, 30 goals, 4 clean sheets
    • This is the first meeting between Brentford and Everton since a League Cup match in September 2010, when the Bees won 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at Griffin Park.

    • Brentford have lost three of their past four league meetings with Everton – but this is their first league game against them since a 6-1 away loss in the second tier in February 1954.

  9. Brentford v Everton: Who makes your Bees team?, published at18:32 23 November

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    Brentford host Everton in the latest round of Premier League fixtures on Sunday, but who will make it into Thomas Frank's starting XI?

    You'll be able to pick - and share on social media - your own line-up for every Premier League game throughout the campaign.

    It's up to you how to approach it - you could go for the team you WANT the boss to pick or the one you THINK he will.

    Either way, it's time to choose your Bees team to face Everton

  10. Defenders shine in fantasy football team of the week, published at12:38 23 November

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    Another round of Premier League fixtures is done and dusted, so how did your fantasy football team perform in gameweek 12?

    Do you have any of this week's highest point scorers? Or was it a fantasy football flop?

    Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold and Aston Villa's Tyrone Mings were the top performers with 15 points each.

    Meanwhile, big victories for the Reds and Chelsea earned them both two players on the team of the week.

  11. Newcastle 3-3 Brentford: The pick of the stats, published at08:17 22 November

    Callum Wilson of Newcastle v BrentfordImage source, Getty Images
    • In a 38-game Premier League season, three of the four sides who failed to win any of their first 12 games of a season have gone on to be relegated – Norwich in 2004-05, QPR in 2012-13 and Sheffield United last season. The one side who managed to survive from such a position was Derby in 2000-01.

    • Only West Ham (16) have conceded three or more times at home more often in the Premier League than Newcastle (14) since 2017-18, when the Magpies were last promoted back to the top flight.

    • After two league goals in his first 124 appearances for Brentford, Rico Henry has now scored in back-to-back Premier League games for the Bees (including play-offs).

  12. Small margins beat Brentford again, published at07:37 22 November

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    Brentford have stopped the rot with a first point in five games, but they won’t come up against many more generous defences than Newcastle’s as Ivan Toney tried to prove a point against his former club.

    Thomas Frank said his side should have won the match, having scored three goals, and while they have lost games when they have dominated, this was a different version of coming away with less than they deserved.

    These two teams could yet be pitted against each other in a relegation battle come the end of the season. The Bees are seven points better off with almost a third of the season gone, and have won many new fans.

    But Newcastle have steered themselves away from the relegation zone in the past two seasons and are sure to be busy in the January transfer window. Brentford are less experienced and monied. They can make a difference by turning the small margins their way, although that is easier said than done.

  13. Newcastle 3-3 Brentford: Frank reaction, published at19:18 20 November

    Brentford boss Thomas Frank felt his Bees shaded a thrilling 3-3 draw at Newcastle and should have come away with all three points.

    The visitors led 2-1 and 3-2 but had to settle for a point that halted a run of four successive Premier League defeats.

    "The positive is the offensive part of the game, scoring three goals and creating a lot more dangerous situations," Frank told BBC Match of the Day.

    "But when you score three goals away from home, in any Premier League game, or any game around the world, you need to be able to take three points.

    "We stayed cool and composed throughout the game and I think that says a lot about us, as a promoted club - to be able to be that dangerous in creating chances is a massive thing.

    "It was a game that could have gone both ways - I'm slightly biased but I think we had the better chances to win it."

    Newcastle assistant head coach Jason Tindall and Brentford boss Thomas Frank watch on during the 3-3 draw between the sides.Image source, Getty Images
  14. Newcastle v Brentford: Team news, published at15:15 19 November

    Martin Dubravka and Yoane Wissa

    Goalkeeper Martin Dubravka featured for Slovakia during the international break and new Newcastle boss Eddie Howe said he now has a tough decision to make for the Brentford game.

    The Magpies will be without defender Paul Dummett, while attacking midfielder Miguel Almiron was a late returner from Paraguay duty and will be assessed before Saturday.

    Brentford forward Yoane Wissa and midfielder Shandon Baptiste are close to full fitness and could be in contention. Boss Thomas Frank also said defender Mathias Jorgensen has been "training a little bit" and will be assessed.

    Meanwhile, centre-back Kristoff Ajer is still out and will have a scan at the end of November as he continues his rehabilitation.

    Who would you start for Howe's first match in charge?

    Pick and share your Brentford XI here

  15. Lawro's predictions: Newcastle v Brentford, published at11:59 19 November

    Mark Lawrenson takes on singer-songwriter and Everton fan Zuzu for the latest round of Premier League predictions.

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    Lawro's prediction: 2-0

    Newcastle boss Eddie Howe has got the toughest job out of the three new Premier League managers to be appointed in the past few days.

    Everyone will be talking about how much money he has to spend in the January transfer window, but there is a lot of hard work to be done before they get to that point.

    Who they bring in then will be pivotal in terms of whether they stay up or not, of course, but he has to get some results with his existing players first.

    That won't be easy. The Magpies are in a relegation battle, and they haven't won a game yet this season despite playing most of the teams around them at the bottom already.

    This might just be a good time to play Brentford, though, because the Bees have lost their past four league games.

    Newcastle's defence will have to improve if they are going to keep a clean sheet for the first time in the league this season, but there will be a fabulous atmosphere again at St James' Park and I have a feeling they will find a way of winning this one.

    Three points here would only be a stepping stone to survival, but it is vital that Howe gets off to a good start. He is a really good coach, but results are the only way he will convince his players of that, and the fans too.

    Zuzu's prediction: Howe will start with a win. 1-0

    Find out how Lawro and Zuzu think the rest of this week's fixtures will go

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