The first ever Premier League meeting between Brentford and Norwich takes place on Saturday afternoon
Two newly-promoted sides meet at the Brentford Community Stadium on Saturday afternoon, as Thomas Frank’s Bees take on winless Norwich City in the Premier League.
After a four-match unbeaten run in September, Brentford have lost their last three league games, and were victims of Burnley’s first league win of the season last time out, as a late stunner from Saman Ghoddos wasn’t enough to inspire a late comeback.
Norwich meanwhile have barely had a goal to celebrate this season, never mind a win, having netted just three times all season. Andrew Omobamidele’s header against Leeds was the first time they’d found the net in six games, but wasn’t enough to inspire a win as they conceded the winner two minutes later.
Their record of two points from 10 games has led to calls for Daniel Farke to be sacked, with Eddie Howe linked with the manager’s job this week, but with Newcastle United seemingly close to appointing the former Bournemouth manager, it seems as though the German will be given more time.
Whether they have time or not is another matter, as it looks as though the Canaries are destined to make their bi-annual return to the Championship if things don’t improve quickly. Perhaps a trip to a side that has lost their last three is exactly what’s required, although a significant improvement is needed if hope is to be reinstalled around the club.
Brentford’s recent slump may coincide with a significant injury list. Goalkeeper David Raya is out for five months with a knee injury, and defensive duo Mads Sorensen and Kristoffer Ajer are both out as well. Josh Dasilva and Shandon Baptiste are also missing, while Yoane Wissa is rated 50/50 with a foot problem.
As for Norwich, they have the same injury problems as they did last week, with Christoph Zimmermann, Sam Byram and Todd Cantwell all missing. Defender Ben Gibson is back after suspension though, and could replace Omobamidele in the starting XI.
Saturday will be the first ever time these two sides have met in the Premier League, with all 60 previous meetings coming in competitions which range from the Championship to the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. If the five previous meetings are anything to go by it’s good news for Norwich, with the Canaries winning three of those games 1-0, and the other two being goalless draws.
The last time Brentford triumphed over Norwich was in 2017, when Lasse Vibe scored twice at Carrow Road to take maximum points for the Bees.
If that result can be repeated on Saturday, Brentford could move into the top half of the table, which any Bees fan would have taken after 11 games. Norwich meanwhile can get off the bottom of the table with a win, before Newcastle United have the chance to return them there when they play Brighton at tea time.
Brentford take on Norwich City at the Brentford Community Stadium on Saturday, November 6th. Kick-off is at 3pm.