Arsenal vs Brentford
English League Cup
Date: Wednesday, 26 September 2018
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Emirates Stadium (London).
Unai Emery’s Arsenal journey on Arsenal bench started in a rather slow fashion. The Gunners lost opening two fixtures to Manchester City and Chelsea announcing another struggling campaign in the top flight of the English football.
Nevertheless, Emery’s men went on to win following five games across competitions and get their campaign up and running. They climbed up to the sixth place in the Premier League ladder with four wins in last four games.
The latest of successes came on Sunday afternoon when Arsenal went past Everton 2-0 at Emirates Stadium thanks to goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
They will be massive favourites to keep such form going on Wednesday evening when they are to start the League Cup campaign with the third round clash against the Championship outfit Brentford.
Arsenal vs Brentford: Head-to-head
This will be the first head to head encounter between the two teams since the 1946/47 season when the Bees last featured the elite tier of English football.
Interestingly, Brentford have a positive head to head record against Arsenal.
The Bees won 5, drew 3 and lost only 2 of 10 encounters with the Gunners.
Arsenal vs Brentford: Prediction
Brentford began their Championship campaign in a decent manner, but they’ll come into this League Cup tie in lower spirits after clinching only one point from last two games. They first drew 1-1 to Ipswich Town before falling 3-1 to Derby County away at Pride Park on Saturday afternoon.
Dean Smith’s men allowed three goals against the Rams and their defensive line will certainly be on a much tougher test this time around, regardless of which team Emery sends on the pitch.
The Spanish manager will definitely make rotations to his squad here, but Arsenal have to be considered enormous favourites. They have a wide range of high-quality options in their ranks and anything but a confident home victory would represent a surprise for us.
Arsenal vs Brentford: Bet Tips
Arsenal -1.5 handicap @ 1.83 (5/6)
HT/FT Arsenal/Arsenal @ 1.83 (5/6).