Everton will be desperate to chalk up their first win of the season when they travel to the capital to take on Brentford in the Premier League tea-time kick-off on Saturday.
With just a solitary two goals scored from their first five games of the campaign, Sean Dyche will certainly be concerned.
However, this isn’t uncharted territory for him, and he was accustomed to poor starts while in charge of Burnley. In his last four full campaigns as a top-flight manager, he has picked up a meagre point from the first five games.
On the other hand, Brentford are winless in their past four, and they will be desperate to bounce back after their 1-0 reverse away to Newcastle last weekend.
Six points garnered from a maximum of 15 will have been slightly underwhelming for Thomas Frank’s charges who will be harbouring European ambitions this term.
It may only be in September, but this game will be crucial for both sides and for different reasons.
I have run the rule over this game and I have divulged a couple of tips that you should incorporate on your betting slips.
Brentford to get back on track
The doomsayers will have the knives out for Everton, and although we are only a handful of games into the season, another relegation battle could well await the Toffees.
From what we have seen so far, Everton appear to be rather toothless. According to the expected goals (xg) model, Everton have performed better than the stats suggest with their current xg standing at 7.5. However, that will be scant consolation for the Premier League strugglers.
Everton are also ranked third for allowing shots in the six-yard box (1.8 per game), and they just don’t seem to be learning from their mistakes.
Brentford haven’t quite hit top gear yet, but the omens are good for the west London outfit as far as the head-to-head record goes.
Brentford have won 10 of the 22 meetings with Everton, and Everton are winless in their last four away games against the Bees (D2, L2).
For my first pick, I am going with Brentford to win & BTTS which is paying out at an intriguing 27/10 with Ladbrokes.
Yoane Wissa to make a meaty contribution
Although Bryan Mbeumo has been in the limelight having netted four times this term, Yoane Wissa probably ought to get more plaudits.
Wissa has made a nuisance of himself, and he has been giving opposing defenders plenty to think about.
Ok, Wissa has been a bit quiet on the scoring front, and he’s searching for his first goal since netting in a 3-0 win over Fulham last month.
But while he’s going through a mini drought, he should expect plenty of chances to fall his way this weekend.
To round things off, I have sided with Wissa to net a double against Everton and he’s priced at 8/1 to achieve that with Betway.