Preview: Brentford vs. Arsenal - prediction, team news, lineups.

Preview: Brentford vs. Arsenal - prediction, team news, lineups.

An EFL Cup third-round clash exclusively featuring Premier League teams is scheduled for Wednesday evening at the Gtech Community Stadium. In this midweek London derby, Brentford will be hosting Arsenal.

In contrast to Arsenal, who advanced to this stage of the competition through a bye, Brentford, managed by Thomas Frank, had to endure a tense encounter against Newport County in the second round, ultimately prevailing through a penalty shootout.

During last Saturday's Premier League encounter, Everton's James Tarkowski, a former Brentford player, played a pivotal role in his team's triumph. Everton secured their first top-flight victory of the season against Brentford in the English capital, much to the astonishment of the home supporters.

Although Mathias Jensen initially equalized Abdoulaye Doucoure's early goal with an impressive shot into Jordan Pickford's net, Tarkowski's headed goal from a corner in the second half and Dominic Calvert-Lewin's third goal sealed the win for Everton. This result made Everton only the third team to defeat Brentford at their home stadium since the beginning of the year. The Bees' start to the Premier League campaign has been mediocre, with only one victory, leaving them in 13th place in the standings.

Jensen's consolation goal extended Brentford's scoring streak at the Gtech Community Stadium to 14 games, dating back to a January FA Cup match in which they were defeated 1-0 by West Ham United in another London derby. Last month, Brentford narrowly avoided an upset at Rodney Parade, prevailing over Newport County from the penalty spot.

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Overcoming this psychological hurdle was significant for Thomas Frank's side, as they had been eliminated in the third round by Gillingham in a penalty shootout the previous year. Prior to that, they had reached the EFL Cup quarter-finals in 2022 and made a historic semi-final appearance in 2021, although they lost to Tottenham Hotspur.

Arsenal, on the other hand, is eager to extend Brentford's string of disappointing cup results against their fellow Londoners. Arsenal recently played out an electrifying 2-2 draw in the North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur, during which they twice relinquished the lead at the Emirates Stadium.

Cristian Romero endured a challenging match, scoring an own goal off a Bukayo Saka shot and conceding a penalty that Saka converted. In both instances, James Maddison provided the assist for Son Heung-min, who equalized for Tottenham.

By securing a point away from their arch-rivals' turf, Ange Postecoglou achieved a feat that Nuno Espirito Santo, Jose Mourinho, or Antonio Conte had not managed. Mikel Arteta, on the other hand, was left frustrated by untimely injuries to key players and an individual error by Jorginho, which gifted Tottenham their second goal.

Although there was a sense of frustration, Arsenal remains unbeaten this season. Nevertheless, they were eliminated in the early stages of the most recent EFL Cup edition, losing to Brighton Hove Albion. In their recent encounter with Brentford, they settled for a contentious 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium, with the Bees' equalizer being a subject of debate due to Christian Norgaard's offside position. In their sole previous EFL Cup meeting, Arsenal comfortably defeated Brentford 3-1 in 2018 under Unai Emery.


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