- Manchester United hasn’t lost to Brentford in their last three meetings.
- United has scored at least two in all their three meetings this decade.
- Brentford is unbeaten in their last three games, while United is without a win and clean sheet in the last four games.
With Brentford back in the English Premier League after many years, the team is trying to solidify its position as one of the top clubs in the league.
It hasn’t been easy as they struggled for form towards the end of last season. However, their early season push was good enough to help them secure another spot for the new season.
Premier League Standings
Manchester United hasn’t been that team for a couple of seasons now. Although they’ve finished second in a few seasons, they haven’t reached their standard since Sir Alex Ferguson retired from coaching. The team’s Premier League standings have been shaky and unpredictable.
However, with the new coach bringing in a new ideology, we expect the team to push for a better end to see the season and start to challenge for the title again.
One way for them to do that is to get better results against teams like Brentford. With the new season just starting, let’s see how both clubs would set up for the game after failing to get three points in their first matches.
Brentford vs. Manchester United Odds
It is no surprise that Manchester United has the favorite Premier League odds to win this game. However, what’s shocking is how high the team odd is, considering that they are one of the big six, and Brentford is one of the teams touted to be in the relegation battle this season.
It doesn’t look good for a team with as long a history as Manchester United. However, we’re not surprised after their shambolic display at Old Trafford against Brighton & Hove Albion, even after a promising display in the preseason.
Favorites to Win the Match
They were also the favorites to win the match, but they failed to do that. With +100 odds, the team is given the best chance to win the game, while Brentford is the underdog for this matchup with their +275 odds.
We’ve seen either team win with their respective odds in the EPL. Therefore, it is tricky to tell how they would fair, barely looking at their allocated odds.
However, both teams have only played draw once, and it was in a friendly game where they scored two each. So, we can’t completely write off a draw from the Brentford vs. Manchester United odds as well.
Brentford vs. Manchester United Information
- Competition: 2022/2023 English Premier League
- Location of the game: Brentford Community Stadium, Brentford
- Time: Saturday, 13 Aug 2022, 11:30 PM EDT
- How to watch: NBC Sports and Peacock Premium
When the Premier League schedule came out, many didn’t expect much from Brentford until the third game, when they would have to face their first London rivals, Fulham.
However, after getting a rather difficult draw against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium, it looks like it would be a different season from what was projected.
At the start of the game, Leicester was utterly dominant, and it didn’t show that the team hadn’t made any new signings this transfer window, even after losing their veteran goalkeeper.
They were impressive in the match that they even got the lead in the 33rd minute after James Maddison whipped in a solid cross from a corner and Timothy Castagne guided it home.
How the First Half Ended
The first half ended with Leicester leading at the King Power Stadium. And immediately after the second half resumed, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall increased the team’s lead to two from a Jamie Vardy assist.
It seemed like it would be a long day for Brentford until Ivan Toney came to the team’s rescue in the 62nd minute. Then, we saw a different Brentford team ready to change the game.
Eventually, the push paid off when Joshua Dasilva scored the equalizing goal in the 86th minute to help guide the team to an opening day point. With this impressive fighting spirit, the team has a chance to do better than expected this season.
Manchester United Analysis
After a shambolic 2021/2022 Premier League season that saw the team grab a last-minute Europa League automatic spot, the team went ahead to get a new coach.
Since the arrival of Erik Ten Hag, there has been a bit of calmness around the stadium. The preseason even seemed like the team had become better.
After they defeated Liverpool 4-0, everyone thought the team would do better this season, and there was high hope for the opening game.
However, it went opposite to what many pundits and fans expected. First, fans were shocked that Ten Hag decided to go without a starting target man and with a false nine.
Manchester United Struggle
In the end, the team struggled, and in the 30th minute, they conceded the first goal, and in less than 10 minutes, they conceded the second.
Both goals were from Pascal Gross, a player familiar with scoring against United. Although the team got one back in the 68th minute after the introduction of Cristiano Ronaldo, it was too late.
They tried to get another one back, but the defensive capabilities of the Brighton team were too high for United, and they ended the day without taking any point from their opening game.
We expect Ten Hag to evaluate the game to make a better decision in his squad selection as they travel to London for their second match of the season.
Brentford vs. Manchester United Pick and Prediction
Both teams are yet to secure a win in the league. Therefore, they would be longing for their first win to come as fast as possible.
The pressure is on Ten Hag to deliver as quickly as possible because taking time to deliver can be costly in the English Premier League. And after this game, they have to host Liverpool.
So, they would need to have all their issues sorted before the match against Liverpool, but since Brentford wants to avoid losing a third consecutive game against United, it would be a tough matchup.
In that case, we expect a close tie, but we think with a little change in personnel and approach from Ten Hag, the Red Devils can win this tie. Our pick for the game is Manchester United to win or draw the game.
Soccer Pick: Manchester United (+100)