Premier League Fantasy Football Tips for Brentford by @CoysFPL.
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Brentford 2020/21 Season Summary – Fantasy Football Tips
Brentford finally made it up to the Premier League after six successive years of finishing in the top half of the Championship, including two play off defeats. They narrowly missed out on the automatic promotion spots by four points.
Their recruitment process must be credited. They’ve lost the likes of Neal Maupay (£6.5m), Ollie Watkins (£7.5m) and Said Benrahma (£6.0m) in recent seasons, yet have managed to replace them whilst making financial profit.
Ivan Toney (£6.5m) is an example of their excellent scouting. He came up from Peterborough and went on to break the Championship goal scoring record and guide the Bees through the play-offs with two crucial penalties.
Understandably, it took Brentford a while to get going after losing deadly duo Benrahma and Watkins. They only won four of their first 12 league games and found themselves sitting in 11th.
But they went on an unbeaten run of 17 games mid-way through the season. After another dip in form, manager Thomas Frank switched from a 4-3-3 to a 3-5-2 for the final seven league games.
They won five and drew two of those, keeping five clean sheets and only conceding twice. As well as that, they cruised through the play-offs, turning around a 1-0 defeat at Bournemouth with an excellent home performance, winning 3-1. They went on to win comfortably in the final, beating Swansea 2-0.
Despite the impressive defensive numbers at the end of the season, Brentford still played with a high line. This is something they’ll have to adjust going into the Premier League.
At the other end of the pitch, the Bees scored the most goals in the division (79).
Brentford 2021/22 Season Expectations – Fantasy Football Tips
Brentford’s target this season will undoubtedly be to stay up.
I think they’re the most likely of the promoted three to survive. They’ve seemingly found a balance between attack and defence.
They’ve also proven themselves against Premier League opposition, beating four of them en-route to last seasons run to the Carabao Cup semi final.
I think they’ll be involved in a lot of goals and marginally beat the drop.
Brentford Expected Lineup
David Raya (£4.5m) will be the starting goalkeeper without question.
Newcomer Kristoffer Ajer (£4.5m) will start on the right side of the back three. Pontus Jansson (£4.5m) is likely to retain his spot next to the ever-present Ethan Pinnock (£4.5m).
Natural winger Sergi Canós (£5.5m) will play as the right sided wing-back, with Rico Henry (£4.5m) on the right.
Mathias Jensen (£5.0m) will partner Vitaly Janelt (£5.0m) in central midfield, with newcomer Frank Onyeka (£5.0m) set to step in for Josh Dasilva (£5.m) whilst he is sidelined.
Bryan Mbuemo (£5.5m) will support talisman Ivan Toney up top.
Brentford Fantasy Football Best Players
After arriving from Peterborough last season, Toney didn’t show any signs of struggling with the division change.
He ended with 31 goals and ten assists: that goal tally was the modern league record, and the highest total since the 1992-93 season.
Toney added another two crucial goals in the play-offs, so in total contributed to a hefty 51% of the Bees’ goals. He takes penalties, and a third of his goals last season came from the spot.
On the other hand, with the Referees’ Association set to reduce the number of penalties next season, a substantial amount of Toney’s goal threat is tarnished.
It is also worth noting that he picks up a number of yellow cards. Last season he was cautioned eight times (including a second yellow) and the two seasons before he was booked in over a quarter of his appearances in total.
Brentford Under the Radar Players – Fantasy Football Tips
After Brentford’s formation switch from a 4-3-3 to a 3-5-2, Mbuemo was pushed closer to Toney in a front two.
In total, he scored eight and assisted 11 in 44 appearances. He also came off the bench seven times, which makes these numbers all the more impressive.
However, Mbuemo is capable of more. The Frenchman scored 15 and assisted eight in less than 3000 league minutes the season before.
His new role can only be a good thing, and in the limited time we’ve seen him there, he has two goals and two assists in four appearances.
Mbuemo gets the left footed set pieces, and completed the second most key passes per game in the squad last season.
Henry’s new role makes him an intriguing defensive pick.
Unfortunately, he was injured during Brentford’s tactical switch at the end of the last campaign so we never actually saw him in the wing-back role.
With that said, he did manage a goal and two assists in 30 Championship games.
Meanwhile, stand-in replacements during the ten games in the new system managed two goals and three assists in that role. This underlines how advanced Henry will play.
Canós is likely to play in the right wing back role. That doesn’t sound too promising for a midfielder, but he actually managed two goals and four assists in the 10 games where a 3-5-2 formation was deployed.
That was despite having to come off the bench three times.
Across the whole season, he notched nine goals and eight assists in 33 starts and 13 substitution appearances. That made him the third most involved player for the Bees; he only scored one goal less than Mbuemo in 200 fewer minutes.
It’s worth noting that he could be rotated in games against top opposition, given his lack of natural defensive ability. However, those matches are less appealing from a Fantasy Football perspective anyway, so you could bench or transfer him out on such occasions.
Brentford Players to Avoid – Fantasy Football Tips
Frank Onyeka looks like he’ll only be a stand in for key-man Josh Dasilva, so he could be a transfer waiting to happen.
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