FREE MLS PICK Brentford VS. Arsenal
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Brentford (0-0-0) vs. Arsenal (0-0-0)
Date: Friday, August 13th
Time: 3:00 PM ET
Venue: Brentford Community Stadium, Brentford London
EPL Moneyline Odds: +333/+275/-125
EPL Spread Betting Odds: OFF
EPL Betting Total: 2.5
Arsenal is hoping that Friday the 13th won’t be a nightmare as they play a Brentford team making their EPL debut. Brentford hasn’t played in the top flight since 1947, but have the talent to stun the Gunners in front of a raucous home crowd.
The Gunners are especially vulnerable on Friday because of some injury concerns. Even when healthy, it’s telling that Arsenal is just a -125 favorite in this contest after two straight 8th place finishes in the Premier League. A draw, or even outright loss wouldn’t be out of the question.
What Brentford has to worry about in this one is being too amped up in their EPL debut. The competition shouldn’t be an issue, as Brentford beat four EPL teams in last year’s league cup rundown before falling 2-0 to Tottenham in the semifinals last year.
Thomas Frank will be a welcome addition to the EPL, with the personality to stand toe to toe with some of the most enigmatic managers in the league. Frank has led a quick turnaround at Brentford, having the highest winning percentage with the club after 100 games and leading the team on a 21-match league win streak.
Of course the EPL represents a step up in the quality of competition, but the Bees have a superior talent in Ivan Toney. The striker had 31 goals last season in the Champions League, setting a record. Toney had been pursued by Tottenham in the past.
Arsenal should have a better Premier League season in 2021 if anything for the simple fact that they will be fresh. The Gunners failed to qualify for European play for the 1st time in 25 years, making the EPL their prime focus.
Mikel Arteta is on the hot seat in North London after consecutive 8th place finishes, but he’ll be facing a challenge in the season opener playing a bit thin. Thomas Partey, Gabriel, and Eddie Nketiah will all miss Friday’s match.
Being shorthanded probably won’t lead to many more goals scored from Arsenal in EPL play this season. Alexandre Lacazette returns after leading the squad with 13 scores last season. Second leading scorer Nicolas Pepe is expected in the starting XI on Friday but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (tied with Pepe) will come off the sidelines.
Arsenal did spend $70 million to bring in Ben White to shore up the defense and Granit Xhaka defied talks of leaving for Roma to stay with the Gunners for his 6th season.
Free Brentford vs Arsenal MLS Prediction:
Arsenal had one of the worst starts in the history of their club last season, but that was also without an exhibition schedule. The Gunners hope they were able to work out the kinks in preseason friendlies this year, but the results weren’t the best with Arsenal going 0-3-1.
Brentford is going to be amped up for their EPL debut, and although they may not be able to pull off the outright victory a draw is very likely with both teams knocking the rust off in the season opener.
4* Free MLS Betting Pick: Draw +275
There’s value on Arsenal as an EPL stalwart against a new squad, but Brentford brings in the intangibles and likely has the best scorer on the pitch.
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