Patrick Vieira will be looking to make amends in his first Premier League home game as manager of Crystal Palace when he faces a Brentford side fresh from an emphatic opening weekend victory.
The Frenchman oversaw his Palace side slump to a convincing 3-0 defeat at hands of European Champions Chelsea last time out.
Meanwhile, newly-promoted Brentford marked their return to the top flight in fine fashion with victory over a lacklustre Arsenal side last Friday.
No side had conceded fewer goals than Chelsea since Thomas Tuchel’s arrival at Stamford Bridge, and the uphill task for Vieira’s side was clear as his team were overwhelmed – Marcos Alonso beginning the start of a turbulent afternoon for the Eagles with a typically stunning free-kick.
That being said, Marc Guehi – who was signed from Chelsea in the summer – was the only new face available for Patrick Vieira at Stamford Bridge following an injury to Michael Olise and Conor Gallagher being ineligible to play against his parent club.
Following the Eagles’ stability under Roy Hodgson who retired in May, Palace fans will be hoping it’s onwards and upwards from their 14th place finish last season.
With Palace without a victory in their last nine London Derbies, the stage is very much set for Vieira to make his mark in a type of match he knows all too well.
Though it may be a favourable fixture on paper, teams will now by wary of the Bees’ ability to leave a sting following a dream start to life in the Premier League against Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal side.
For the first time since March 2020 we saw an English stadium at full capacity following the pandemic, and it provided the perfect storm for Brentford as Arteta’s men were blown away by the Premier League newcomers.
It was a performance worthy of the 74-year wait as Sergi Canos tucked away their first ever Premier League goal after just 22 minutes.
Despite sparingly close chances for Arsenal, it was Christian Norgaard who doubled the lead for the Bees after bullying his way through the defence to mark a convincing victory.
It was the perfect beginning to the Premier League campaign for Thomas Frank’s side as Arsenal failed to match their intensity on an emotionally-charged night for Brentford.
New Palace arrival Joachim Andersen could only make the bench last week, so too did the familiar face of Christian Benteke, with both now in contention to start Vieira’s first home game.
After an impressive opening win for Brentford boss Thomas Frank, he may be reluctant to make changes to the side who have no serious injury concerns ahead of their trip to Selhurst Park.
Kristoffer Ajer may need to be assessed following an ankle issue after Friday’s game and new 24-year-old attacker Yoane Wissa from Lorient may be given a chance, but it’s expected the prolific Ivan Toney will continue to lead the line alongside Bryan Mbeumo.
Crystal Palace vs Brentford – Kick off at 3pm on Saturday 22nd August.