Brentford are hoping to build on their fine start to the season when they host Crystal Palace at the Gtech Community Stadium on Saturday afternoon in the Premier League.
The Bees have continually impressed us over the past two years since they reached the heights of the Premier League for the first time. It looked as though their momentum might take a hit when star striker Ivan Toney was suspended until January but Thomas Frank’s side have been coping just fine.
In the absence of Toney, the goalscoring burden has fallen upon Toney’s energetic understudy Yoane Wissa and former strike partner Bryan Mbeumo. Both have looked sharp for the Bees so far in the first two weeks of the campaign and they are already off the mark. Wissa has two goals to his name while Mbeumo has three.
Brentford’s electric attackers have quickly silenced the doubters and are showing us that there is still so much more to this team than Toney. Thomas Frank’s men continue to carry a huge goal threat and this is likely to continue when they take on the Eagles on Saturday.
The hosts have scored five goals in two and Crystal Palace will have a lot to think about when they come up against two of the most in-form players in the division in Wissa and Mbeumo.
Mbeumo is 7/4 to score anytime against Roy Hodgson’s side which is great value. The Frenchman has been stepping up to the plate in Toney’s absence and his impressive return of three in two so far this season proves it. Interestingly, he has now become the team’s designated penalty taker and has already scored twice in the top flight.
In Brentford’s current shape, Mbeumo occupies the right flank but appears to float around into open spaces to get his side into dangerous positions. This is currently working to full effect and his excellent start to the campaign looks set to continue against the Eagles as the Bees prepare to sting another Premier League opponent.