FPL team guides: Brentford – Best players, predicted line-up + more

Gameweek 1 of Fantasy Premier League (FPL) is drawing ever nearer and we’re profiling all 20 Premier League teams before the season starts.

After weighing up what Arsenal and Aston Villa players have to offer, we continue our team-by-team guides with Brentford.

You can check out our Nottingham Forest, Fulham and Bournemouth analysis in our Promoted series (articles that will be refreshed before the big kick-off).

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TotalRank v other Premier League clubs
Goals scored4811th
Shots in the box3177th
Shots on target147=11th
Big chances679th
Expected goals (xG)52.3911th

The attacking statistics for Brentford very much rank in mid-table, which isn’t bad for a newly-promoted side making their Premier League debut.

However, their year splits into life with and without Christian Eriksen (£6.5m). His Gameweek 28 debut followed a terrible run of nine defeats from 11 matches, totalling just four points and six goals in those months.

Until Gameweek 27, the Bees were down in 17th place for total shots and 15th for goals scored.

Eriksen’s arrival sparked a late-season revival of seven wins and 21 goals but, now that the Dane has departed for Manchester United, we don’t know how good Brentford will be in their second campaign.

Headline-making victories came against Arsenal on the opening Friday, plus a 4-1 win away to Chelsea. Also impressive was doing the double over West Ham United.


TotalRank v other Premier League clubs
Goals conceded5612th
Clean sheets9=10th
Shots conceded50310th
Shots in the box conceded3058th
Shots on target conceded17913th
Big chances conceded69=10th
Expected goals conceded (xGC)55.148th

Again, Brentford’s numbers line up slightly better than their 13th-placed finish.

Most of their season was played with a back-three system, which might explain why they ranked eighth-best for conceding shots inside the penalty area. They were seventh-best at allowing attempts from the left flank but 13th for those down the right.

Three of their nine clean sheets arrived within the first five outings, catching FPL managers off-guard. Of course, those who then bought a defensive asset had to wait until Gameweeks 13 and 25 for the next pair.

From Brentford defenders, only Chelsea scored more than their 13 – which includes the three of reclassified Sergi Canos (£5.0m). Add this to defensive assists and they are the best outside of last season’s top four (25).

Pontus Jansson (£4.5m) lead the way for matches started, with 37, while Rico Henry (£4.5m) and Ethan Pinnock (£4.5m) follow with 33 and 32.


The opening run of Brentford fixtures is very generous, avoiding all of last season’s top four until Gameweek 12.

In fact, starting from Gameweek 3, they top our Season Ticker all the way up to Gameweek 16.




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1,708 Comments Post a Comment
  1. PartyTime
    • 1 Year
    17 days, 20 hours ago

    This time last season Shawberto Carlos was in every damn team, come on boys! Feel free to pick Shawberto Carlos

  2. Jayblue
    • 7 Years
    17 days, 20 hours ago

    Sorry boys. Repost.

    Pretty much a template pick with a few changes here and there. I'm sure this is not gonna make the final draft. Don't seem to be able to decide

    Mendy (Sanchez)
    Cancelo Trippier TAA (N.Williams Justin)
    Salah Coutinho Rashford Martinelli Neto
    Haaland Jesus (4.5 - probably greenwood)

    0.5 ITB

    Looks like I'm gonna regret not jumping in on the Kane/Son bandwagon

  3. adstomko
    • 6 Years
    17 days, 19 hours ago

    Currently on this. Any changes required?

    Trent, Robertson, Cancelo, Gabriel
    Salah (C), Son, Maddison, Aaronson, Bailey
    (Klaesson, Williams, Andreas, Plange) (0.5m ITB)

    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    17 days, 19 hours ago

    A slightly differential side with 1 premium:
    Ederson (Ward)
    Robbo Doherty Walker Ricardo (Zinchenko)
    Son Sanchez Sterling Mahrez (Andreas)
    Jesus Darwin (Taylor)
    1 mil ITB.
    Thoughts? (Sick of playing safe!)

  5. JoeShmoe
    • 8 Years
    17 days, 19 hours ago

    Who else is going Salah + KDB over Salah + the 8m mids?

    1. MyNameIsBigManRedro
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      17 days, 18 hours ago

      It’s a good idea. KDB could definitely outscore the 8m mids

  6. PartyTime
    • 1 Year
    17 days, 18 hours ago

    Deadzone hehehe