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All things considered, Brentford will be delighted with their start to the 2021-22 Premier League season, having won three, drawn three and lost four of their 10 matches to collect 12 points, which has left them in 12th position in the table, just three points off ninth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.
As predicted, the Bees have been a good watch this season, and they also have a EFL Cup quarter-final contest with Chelsea to look forward to in December, having beaten Stoke City 2-1 in the last round on October 27.
Thomas Frank‘s side are currently on a three-game losing run in the Premier League, though, having been beaten by Chelsea, Leicester City and Burnley since overcoming West Ham United at the start of October.
Last weekend, Brentford found themselves three goals behind in the first half against Burnley and could only manage a late consolation from Saman Ghoddos on what was a tough afternoon for the newly-promoted side.
The Bees will view this match as the ideal opportunity to return to winning ways, but they have not actually beaten Norwich since December 2017, losing three of their last five meetings, including a 1-0 defeat when the pair last locked horns at Carrow Road towards the end of last season.
Brentford boss Frank revealed during Thursday’s press conference that Bryan Mbeumo, who was an unused substitute against Burnley due to a tight hamstring, should be fit to start on Saturday.
Kristoffer Ajer is out “for a fair amount of weeks” with a hamstring problem, though, while Yoane Wissa, Mads Sorensen, David Raya, Shandon Baptiste and Josh Dasilva remain unavailable for selection.
Ghoddos and Vitaly Janelt both featured off the bench in the clash with Burnley, and the pair are now pushing to be involved in the home side’s starting XI this weekend.
As for Norwich, Christoph Zimmermann remains unavailable for selection following ankle surgery, while Sam Byram and Todd Cantwell are unlikely to be involved in the squad.
Ben Gibson is available after serving a suspension last time out, but Farke could ultimately decide to stick with a back four, meaning that the defender could start on the bench.
Josh Sargent is again likely to play alongside Teemu Pukki in the final third of the field, while Milot Rashica and Kieran Dowell should retain their spots in the wide areas for the Canaries.
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On-loan Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour has struggled to make his mark at Carrow Road this season and is again expected to be on the bench alongside on-loan Manchester United defender Brandon Williams.
Brentford possible starting lineup:
Fernandez; Jorgensen, Jansson, Pinnock; Canos, Janelt, Norgaard, Ghoddos, Henry; Toney, Mbeumo
Norwich City possible starting lineup:
Krul; Aarons, Kabak, Hanley, Omobamidele; Dowell, Lees-Melou, McLean, Rashica; Pukki, Sargent