The Premier League action continues to heat up, with Brentford vs West Ham United coming up on 4 November 2023.
The matchday 11 fixture of the 2023/24 Premier League season will see both teams looking to improve their lot. Brentford will look closer to a top-half position, while West Ham will look to go further up in the top half of the table.
The Bees are the hosts of this game. Following their slip-up just after the 2022 FIFA World Cup break, they lost a chance to participate in European competitions this season. Their solid defensive organization and energetic and high-pressing style have earned them respect among the top-flight teams. However, This season, their attack, which was stable enough to steal results, needed to be more robust.
On the other side, West Ham United, under the management of David Moyes, are coming back strongly following their disastrous 2022/23 season. They are sticking to their simple yet effective counter-attacking style with Jarrod Bowen, Lucas Paquetá and Michail Antonio leading the charge. The addition of James Ward-Prowse has also provided some directness while Edson Alvarez does the dirty work at the base of the midfield. This combination will test Brentford’s defence.
Both teams have also enjoyed varying form going into this game. The Bees have faced Chelsea, Burnley and Manchester United in their last three, while the Hammers have faced Everton, Aston Villa and Newcastle United.
Moyes’ side had more of a challenge as they had to prove they were better or as good as these teams on their level – for this season, at least. Thomas Frank’s side, meanwhile, only had it relaxed against Burnley because they had to deal with the aura of the traditional big clubs in the league.
Playing with each other will be a breath of fresh air. But fans will be on the edge of their seats for the game because the head-to-head record between both teams is historically limited. This makes the clash even more intriguing because people must figure out what to expect, as there is no pattern to draw inferences from. The home advantage will be a factor, but with the form and quality of both squads, it is difficult to predict the winner.
As we approach the Brentford vs West Ham United Matchday 11 clash, football fans can look forward to a closely contested game that could be decided by individual brilliance or a moment of defensive lapse. Read on for match ticket information, team news and predictions.
Brentford vs West Ham United tickets will go live from now on Brentford’s and West Ham’s websites.
West Ham tickets to the game are expected to sell out fast, thanks to the current state of the East London club in the Premier League.
However, their hosts and neighbours, Brentford, will occupy most of the stadium as the home team. As such, more Brentford tickets will be on sale than West Ham United tickets.
Fans of both clubs can purchase their tickets from trusted resellers like Seatsnet.com if either club’s website sells out.
The game will be played at the London Stadium, with the kickoff time set for 3 PM UTC. The game will not be available on Sky Sports, so streaming is the next option.
Sky Sports streaming (via the Sky Sports app), TNT Sports (via the Discovery+ app) or CBS Sports Golazo (via the Paramount+ app) are good options for fans to catch the game. A subscription to these apps and channels is needed to access the game.
Brentford’s injury list is long. It includes key players and critical rotation players. Josh Dasilva [hamstring strain], Shandon Baptiste [dislocated shoulder], Mikkel Damsgaard [knee surgery], Ben Mee [unspecified muscle injury], Rico Henry [ACL], Kevin Schade [hip abductor surgery], Mark Flekken [virus], Keane Lewis-Potter [calf strain] are the players that Thomas Frank has had to do without for most of the season so far. Only Ben Mee and Shandon Baptiste could return for the West Ham game.
The Hammers will be without Aaron Creswell, their only long-term injury. They will be at full strength for the trip to Brentford, which means David Moyes will only have to worry about his team selection.
Thomas Strakosha will return to goal with Mark Flekken out for the foreseeable future. To combat the midfield presence of West Ham, Brentford will play with a 4-4-2 formation where Bryan Mbeumo and Yoanne Wissa will play side by side as the strikers instead of in a 4-3-3, which will send the Cameroon international to the wings. This means there will be no starting berth for young attacker Keane Lewis-Potter, who could be introduced in the second half for tactical purposes. Ben Mess should return to the squad.
Brentford: Strakosha; Hickey, Mee, Collins, Ajer; Janelt, Onyeka, Nørgard, Jensen; Wissa, Mbeumo.
West Ham are yet to hand Mohammed Kudus his first start. This could be the game where the Ghana international starts. Tomáš Souček will be the player sacrificed to start Kudus for this game. The rest of the starting XI will remain unchanged.
West Ham United: Areola; Emerson, Aguerd, Zouma, Coufal; Alvarez, Ward-Prowse; Kudus, Paquetá, Bowen; Antonio.
Brentford vs West Ham United is a game where the Bees need everything to go right. They are having their poorest start to the Premier League since their ascension in 2021/22. This could be due to the loss of crucial man Ivan Toney. Frank Thomas will not sheathe his sword – he never really has – and will go all out, hence our predicted lineup for the Bees containing four midfielders. West Ham United will keep their simple yet effective tactic of defending and countering.
The ball-carrying ability of Declan Rice is no longer present in their midfield, but the quick passing of James Ward-Prowse has come to replace it. They will take advantage of this to quickly get the ball into the attacking areas to create chances. They will also count heavily on the former Southampton man’s set-piece prowess and work to get them in choice areas where he can put in the best cross or have a go at goal. This is tough to predict, but a draw will be the best outcome from this game.
Brentford 1 – 1 West Ham United.