class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>Having scored freely in the Championship, Al Hain-Cole is backing the Bees to provide an entertaining Premier League opener against Arteta's men
Brentford will be hoping to mark their Premier League debut with a win when they welcome Arsenal to the Community Stadium on Friday.
Thomas Frank’s men are returning to the top flight for the first time since the 1946-47 season, having beaten Swansea in the Championship play-offs last campaign.
Brentford vs Arsenal latest odds
Having lost just two of their last 23 matches on home turf, Brentford are available at 16/5 (4.20) with bet365 to make a big entrance by pulling off a shock win against their high-profile opponents.
After finishing last season in a disappointing eighth place, Arsenal are priced at 5/6 (1.83) to raise the spirits by coming out on top in their opening clash.
Four of the hosts’ last eight home games have resulted in draws, and you can get odds of 11/4 (3.75) on them being held to a stalemate in this one.
TV channel, live stream & how to watch
Sky Sports Main Event Sky Go
The game is being shown live on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League and Sky One in the United Kingdom (UK). Sky Go will be streaming the game live online.
Brentford vs Arsenal team news
Ivan Toney is fit to start after recovering from a minor neck injury, although Mathias Jensen and Josh Dasilva are both ruled out.
Rob Holding will face a late fitness test as he struggles with a slight knock, while Gabriel Magalhaes, Thomas Partey and Eddie Nketiah are definitely sidelined through injury.
Brentford vs Arsenal preview
Having narrowly missed out on promotion the season before last, the Bees will be champing at the bit to get started with their first ever Premier League campaign.
Top scorers in each of the last two Championship seasons, they look set to provide plenty of entertainment for the neutrals as well as their own supporters over the course of the upcoming campaign.
Indeed, 31-goal Championship golden boot winner Toney will certainly fancy his chances to get off to a productive start against Mikel Arteta’s injury-hit backline – particularly after a pre-season that saw Arsenal fail to keep a single clean sheet in six friendly matches.
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Brentford vs Arsenal tips & predictions
Considering the attacking quality at their disposal and having failed to score in just one of their final 13 league away games last season, Arsenal are well worth odds of 3/4 (1.75) to join Brentford on the scoresheet in an end-to-end clash in West London.
All odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.