Brentford will be looking to maintain their excellent start to Premier League life when they host a Brighton and Hove Albion side themselves enjoying a strong beginning to the season.
Both Brentford and Brighton find themselves in the Premier League’s top 10 heading in to matchday four of the 2021-22 campaign, with this game at the Brentford Community Stadium representing the first time the two sides have clashed at this level.
The fact that the Bees and the Seagulls have squared off in the second, third and fourth tiers of the English game but never the top flight is perhaps testament to their respective journeys to the Premier League in recent years.
That being said, Brighton have far more experience of Premier League survival than their West London counterparts, who are experiencing life in the first tier for the first time in more than 70 years.
Thomas Frank’s Brentford side could hardly have got off to a better beginning to the campaign, beating Arsenal 2-0 on home soil to kick off the 2021-22 season.
A goalless draw with Crystal Palace and a 1-1 result against Aston Villa followed to ensure the Bees went into the international break undefeated.
The Danish manager claims that facing Graham Potter’s Brighton side is Brentford’s ‘toughest test yet’ – high praise for a Seagulls side who were hovering above the relegation zone last term.
But, this season has been far brighter so far, with Albion 8th in the table with two wins from their opening three matches.
Defeat to Everton before the international break will have disappointed Potter who will be pleased with his sides fast start to the campaign on the whole.
Their form could be considered even more impressive in the absence of influential youngster Tariq Lamptey, who remains sidelined.
Potter will also be missing Dan Burn and Kjell Scherpen for the trip to Brentford Community Stadium, but Solly March is back in contention and Aaron Connolly will be put through a late fitness test.
The Bees have fewer injury concerns with only Joshua Dasilva and Mads Sorensen ruled out – Frank Onyeka is available again after recovering from coronavirus.
Brentford v Brighton is at 3pm on Saturday 11th September.