Brentford must cultivate strong Premier League home form when playing at Brentford Community Stadium
source: StadiumDB.com; author: michał
Brighton became the first Premier League team to defeat Brentford at the Brentford Community Stadium, halting the Bees’ bright start to the campaign.
Thomas Frank’s men opened their season with an unbeaten run of three matches. Beginning with a brilliant win over Arsenal on the first day of the term before they were solid on the road against Crystal Palace and Aston Villa.
The Bees were on their way to another draw in their clash against the Seagulls before Leandro Trossard fired home an injury-time winner. The result should not play a significant role in the campaign to decide whether the team remains in the Premier League.
However, you cannot overlook their odds for relegation among the leading bookmakers provide by winners.net, who have compiled the top operators in the industry to ensure that the best value is found on Premier League bets. Given their status as a newly-promoted club, the Bees are one of the top contenders to drop back down to the Championship at the first attempt. There are a lot of factors that can influence that outcome, but perhaps the primary issue is home form.
The three teams that were relegated from the Premier League in the 2020/21 season had the worst home records in the division as highlighted by soccerstats.com. Surprisingly, Sheffield United, who finished bottom of the table, had the best home form out of all three relegated clubs. They still only claimed 16 points out of their 19 matches at Bramall Lane, less than a point a game. West Brom was a shade worse with 15 points, while Fulham was bottom of the pile with only 10 points for their contests at Craven Cottage. Had Scott Parker’s men averaged at least a point a game on home soil, their relegation to the second tier may not have been as meek as it played out, confirmed well before the end of the term.
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Brentford should look at the example from Leeds of last season for how to use home advantage to great effect. Marcelo Bielsa’s men were outstanding in their return to the Premier League to finish in ninth place. But their home form was better than their overall position, placing them seventh. The Whites won eight of their contests at Elland Road along with five draws. None of their six defeats came against the elite clubs in the Premier League due to their outstanding work rate as explained on sportsbible.com, proving what a fortress they could make their home stadium even without the presence of fans for the majority of the campaign.
Frank and his team would do extremely well to follow the example of Leeds. They proved a point on an opening day by defeating Arsenal and were only undone late in the day against Brighton. The Bees have to take a positive mindset into all of their home fixtures, and cannot afford to write off the games against the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool.
It is a dangerous road to follow as Fulham, West Brom and Sheffield United discovered. All eyes will be on the Brentford Community Stadium to see how they fare over the course of the campaign. Whether they can rise to the challenge of performing and winning vital points in front of their home fans.