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FPL 2022/23 team reviews: Brentford

We’re reviewing the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) fortunes of all 17 surviving teams from the 2022/23 campaign, continuing here with Brentford.

Attacking and defensive team stats from last season are analysed, while we also take a look at the individual players who posed the biggest goal threat and carried the most assist potential.

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BRENTFORD IN 2022/23: ATTACK

TotalRank v other clubs
Goals scored587th=
Shots40818th
Shots in the box29911th
Shots on target1558th
Big chances917th
Expected goals (xG)57.897th
Non-penalty expected goals (NPxG)51.588th

Brentford’s underlying numbers were mostly consistent with their tilt at European qualification and ninth-placed finish.

The eye-popping figure is the 18th ranking for overall goal attempts. Perhaps we shouldn’t be too surprised, though: the Bees famously place a lot of emphasis on underlying data, so the fashioning out of high-quality chances and the absence of low-percentage shots may be by design.

Thomas Frank’s side could mix it with the big boys, with more wins coming against the clubs in the UEFA Champions League qualifying spots (four) than against those finishing 17th or lower (three). In six of their eight fixtures against Arsenal, Newcastle United and the two Manchester clubs did they register more than 1.0 xG – no mean feat.

Ivan Toney and Bryan Mbeumo both reached double figures for attacking returns against sides finishing in the top half.

TeamGoals from pens/set plays
Brentford25
Manchester City23
Spurs21
Fulham, Liverpool20
Arsenal, Newcastle18

Another line of note is that no other top-flight side could match Brentford’s total of 25 goals from set plays and penalties. Over 43% of the Bees’ Premier League goals, indeed, came from this source.

Frank’s troops were ranked second for xG from set plays (18.51).

Above: Brentford’s goal threat home (left) and away (right) in 2022/23

There is no shock that there’s a slight drop-off in underlying numbers away from the Brentford Community Stadium; most teams aren’t quite as attacking on the road.

But the positive news to report is that the Bees were still ranked ninth for xG and eighth for big chances in away games, so the relative threat remained fairly consistent.

BRENTFORD IN 2022/23: DEFENCE


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  1. FPL Virgin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 27 days ago

    YES. It's a Neale/Spike Lee joint.

    1. The Knights Template
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 27 days ago

      It's Geoff's last week, I hope he gets an article (but not an enforced Soare one)!

      1. Now I'm Panicking
        • 9 Years
        11 months, 27 days ago

        Last week? Has he done anything in the last 6 months?

        1. The Knights Template
          • 10 Years
          11 months, 27 days ago

          I think the Soare episode may have impacted his output.

          1. Now I'm Panicking
            • 9 Years
            11 months, 27 days ago

            They all come doe-eyed with such ambition and high hopes, and yet they all break eventually.

            1. The Knights Template
              • 10 Years
              11 months, 27 days ago

              Fame and fortune goes to their heads. Reminds me of when I was a child star.

  2. Our Tiny Windows
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    11 months, 27 days ago

    So just Mbuemo to the watchlist but keep an eye if they sign a forward?

    1. I Member
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 27 days ago

      If any of their starting defenders (or goalkeeper if Raya leaves) are 4.5m.

    2. Freshy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 13 Years
      11 months, 27 days ago

      Wissa till Toney returns

    3. sirmorbach
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 27 days ago

      I like Henry/Pinnock/Mee.

    4. Andy_Social
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 27 days ago

      For me, there's potential for a double or even triple if the prices are right. Ant 4.5 defender is straight in, maybe one at 5.0m. If Jensen is 5.0m he could be a decent 5th mid and then there's Mbeumo - a MID at 6.5 or 7 would be very tempting.

  3. I Member
    • 8 Years
    11 months, 27 days ago

    Mbeumo is going to be a very popular GW1 pick.

    1. The Knights Template
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 27 days ago

      Yep, and on the official Brentford FC website he is well-bearded.

      1. Epic Fail
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 13 Years
        11 months, 27 days ago

        What if he shaves it mid season?

        1. The Knights Template
          • 10 Years
          11 months, 27 days ago

          Depends on form!

    2. Øgaard it's Haa…
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 27 days ago

      Flekken on the bench is BRE contrib to 1st 15.

  4. Hawk
    • 8 Years
    11 months, 27 days ago

    Arsenal will intentionally miss out of Rice to sign Lavia(Southampton). The Murdryk and Trossard saga all over again.

    1. Sure You Did
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 27 days ago

      Lavia is probably better than Rice so I am sure they will be fine.

      1. Mirror Man
          11 months, 27 days ago

          Rice is average. A poor man's Nicky Butt imo.

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 6 Years
            11 months, 27 days ago

            Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na
            Nicky, Nicky Butt, Nicky Butt, Nicky, Nicky Butt

    2. diesel001
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 27 days ago

      Bournemouth sign Justin Kluivert. This is a player who has played for non-relegation threatened teams in a number of European leagues (Leipzig, Valencia, Nice, Roma). It says something that he is joining a relegation-threatened club in the PL.

      You can understand why some of the non-PL big boys (Juventus, Barcelona etc.) wanted to join a European Super League when you see the money being thrown around the PL.

      1. The Knights Template
        • 10 Years
        11 months, 27 days ago

        You mean the Saudi Super League.

      2. Sure You Did
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 27 days ago

        The simple logic here is hilarious.

      3. x.jim.x
        • 9 Years
        11 months, 27 days ago

        He didn't even cost £10m, what are you crying about?

      4. Zeeshz
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 27 days ago

        You mean Valencia weren't relegation-threatened last season? Seems like a casual take from someone who doesn't watch a lot of La Liga. Their squad quality had been declining gradually and many expected them to struggle massively last season. And they only secured safety on the final day last season.

      5. Hairy Potter
        • 9 Years
        11 months, 27 days ago

        Might just be interested in the money and the nightlife, like when his dad moved to the Premier League.

        1. The Knights Template
          • 10 Years
          11 months, 27 days ago

          Bournemouth has a Hobby World outlet so he’s sorted. And a squash centre, with four courts.

          1. Mirror Man
              11 months, 27 days ago

              Dum dum dum dum,
              Squish squash I was rollin' in dosh,
              Dum dum dum dum...

      6. FPL Blow-In
        • 11 Years
        11 months, 27 days ago

        Third bid for Mount rejected by Chelsea

        1. Andy_Social
          • 11 Years
          11 months, 27 days ago

          Seems to me with the Saudis throwing hundreds of millions at Chelsea, they can now afford to play silly bu99ers over selling players. Whole thing sucks.

          1. SkyCell
            • 11 Years
            11 months, 27 days ago

            Mount is worth atleast 80M. Why would you sell him to a rival for 50M anyway?

            Chelsea should have kept him but now that Mount has his mind made up for leaving they are in a sticky icky situation. ManU can squeeze the price down. Hopefully the whole thing goes south

            1. Sure You Did
              • 1 Year
              11 months, 27 days ago

              Mount is average at best. £80M? I have read it all now.

              1. Mirror Man
                  11 months, 27 days ago

                  Average until he signs for United. Ten Hag will make him world-class. The second coming of someone good from the past.

                  1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                    • 6 Years
                    11 months, 27 days ago

                    Gandhi?

                    1. Mirror Man
                        11 months, 27 days ago

                        I never knew he played soccer.

                • RedLightning
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 13 Years
                  11 months, 27 days ago

                  Chelsea value him at £65m.

            2. Fulchester's New Centr…
              • 6 Years
              11 months, 27 days ago

              Don't worry, we'll end up with RLC and pretend that is who we really wanted all along.

          2. Andy_Social
            • 11 Years
            11 months, 27 days ago

            Surely the most predictable if vapid transfer headline of the close season:

            Transfer gossip: Saudis eye Salah

            https://www.football365.com/news/transfer-gossip-saudi-mo-salah-liverpool-real-madrid-juve-rice-arsenal-man-city

          3. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 6 Years
            11 months, 27 days ago

            ... but would make the game more varied next year.

            1. Andy_Social
              • 11 Years
              11 months, 27 days ago

              or less? No competition to perma-capping Haaland.

              1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                • 6 Years
                11 months, 27 days ago

                Dennis is going to tear it up at Utd.

          4. DBW - Slug's Mortgage …
            • 3 Years
            11 months, 27 days ago

            Trent should be 6.5 next season right? Should make up for Haaland being 14

            1. Mirror Man
                11 months, 27 days ago

                What do you have against slugs?

                1. Mirror Man
                    11 months, 27 days ago

                    I prefer snails but slugs are good people too. Just don't have that satisfying swirly house on their backs like the ol' snails.

                    1. Mirror Man
                        11 months, 27 days ago

                        Worms are also nice but they have no personality.

                      • Andy_Social
                        • 11 Years
                        11 months, 27 days ago

                        Refugees of the slime world

                        1. Mirror Man
                            11 months, 27 days ago

                            No wonder we have so many in Ireland.

                        2. The Knights Template
                          • 10 Years
                          11 months, 27 days ago

                          I’m quite fond of nudibranchs!

                          1. Mirror Man
                              11 months, 27 days ago

                              And so you should be. Good ol' garden slug for me. I like the way their antennae wiggle about the place. Tremendous.

                          2. panda07
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 11 Years
                            11 months, 27 days ago

                            You never hear of the French eating slugs though. There must be something dodgy about them if even the French won't eat them!

                            1. Mirror Man
                                11 months, 27 days ago

                                Maybe it's out of respect..

                          3. DBW - Slug's Mortgage …
                            • 3 Years
                            11 months, 27 days ago

                            The voted leave in the Brexit campaign

                            1. Mirror Man
                                11 months, 27 days ago

                                I think you're overestimating the influence slugs have on society as a whole.

                                1. Mirror Man
                                    11 months, 27 days ago

                                    And which way did the snails vote? I'm interested to know if they differed in any way, and why.

                                    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                                      • 6 Years
                                      11 months, 27 days ago

                                      Homeowners, so probably older and more right wing.

                                      1. Andy_Social
                                        • 11 Years
                                        11 months, 27 days ago

                                        Feel for the younger ones if they're caught up in the mortgage crisis. They might have to find smaller shells to squish into, or go slug-life.

                                        1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                                          • 6 Years
                                          11 months, 27 days ago

                                          That's the thing. Nobody cared when it was just the slugs, but now that the snails are struggling too...

                                        2. RedLightning
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • Has Moderation Rights
                                          • 13 Years
                                          11 months, 27 days ago

                                          But what about the hermit crabs?
                                          Will they still be able to afford their periodical upgrades?

                                          1. Andy_Social
                                            • 11 Years
                                            11 months, 27 days ago

                                            Herr Hermit Krabz. I believe Chelsea have just bought the young German midfielder.

                                2. Fulchester's New Centr…
                                  • 6 Years
                                  11 months, 27 days ago

                                  Then we should try to understand them, not give in to hate.

                            2. Andy_Social
                              • 11 Years
                              11 months, 27 days ago

                              Should won't cut it. With his late surge, they'll keep him at 6.5m and he'll still be a popular pick.

                              1. bitm2007
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 10 Years
                                11 months, 27 days ago

                                Started last season at 7.5m can see him maybe dropping to 7.0m this season but not as low as 6.5m.

                                1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                                  • 6 Years
                                  11 months, 27 days ago

                                  6.8? Maybe they'll play with the prices a bit this year for the giggles.

                            3. Fulchester's New Centr…
                              • 6 Years
                              11 months, 27 days ago

                              May they should just double the prices of every player who has ever scored, say 200 pts, and half those of all players who haven't. That would make it more interesting.

                          4. Fulchester's New Centr…
                            • 6 Years
                            11 months, 27 days ago

                            Don't usually pay too much attention to the articles. Didn't Munday leave at one point?

                            1. Andy_Social
                              • 11 Years
                              11 months, 27 days ago

                              Left on Munday
                              Stayed away on Tuesday
                              Returned on Wednesday
                              Got sick on Thursday
                              Died on Friday
                              Buried on Saturday
                              That was the life of David Munday.

                              1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                                • 6 Years
                                11 months, 27 days ago

                                Very good. Never thought of him as a super villain.

                                1. Andy_Social
                                  • 11 Years
                                  11 months, 27 days ago

                                  I left out Sunday. 'Raised as a zombie on Sunday'.

                                  1. Sheffield Wednesday
                                    • 3 Years
                                    11 months, 27 days ago

                                    I'm just glad he got sick on Thursday and not the day before.

                                    1. Andy_Social
                                      • 11 Years
                                      11 months, 27 days ago

                                      very smart grav, that

                          5. Arn De Gothia
                            • 13 Years
                            11 months, 27 days ago

                            Shouldn’t they start giving us some playerprices soon?

                            1. The Knights Template
                              • 10 Years
                              11 months, 27 days ago

                              Yes, we think Diego Costa will be the first price reveal. Who were you hoping for?

                              1. Andy_Social
                                • 11 Years
                                11 months, 27 days ago

                                Who was it last year? anybody know?

                                1. The Knights Template
                                  • 10 Years
                                  11 months, 27 days ago

                                  Most likely Mepham from memory.

                                  1. Andy_Social
                                    • 11 Years
                                    11 months, 27 days ago

                                    Ah, Arsenal again will be cool. Saka or Odegaard?

                                    1. Sheffield Wednesday
                                      • 3 Years
                                      11 months, 27 days ago

                                      Price reveal order was determined by previous season's position in EPL

                                      1 July 2022: 1, 5, 9, 13, 17 [MCI ARS etc]
                                      2 July 2022: 2, 6, 10, 14, promoted
                                      etc

                                      So if the same order is followed this year we could get MCI and Liverpool reveals day one, and ARS day two.

                              2. Arn De Gothia
                                • 13 Years
                                11 months, 27 days ago

                                Hmm, Son, Trent and Salah

                            2. RedLightning
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • Has Moderation Rights
                              • 13 Years
                              11 months, 27 days ago

                              FPL Launch Date is expected to be in the week beginning 3rd July, according to a Man United leak and a statement from FPL about seeing us again in July.
                              Price reveals should start a few days before the launch, and these could start as early as 29th June. The actual launch is likely to follow within a day of the final price reveal.

                              FPL has been updating to prepare for the new season since 21st June, and last year that took 5 days.
                              After they've finished the update, they'll probably give us a chance to pre-register and confirm or update our personal details, so as to speed up the process of actually entering our teams on launch day.

                          6. Fulchester's New Centr…
                            • 6 Years
                            11 months, 27 days ago

                            Turning and turning in the widening gyre
                            The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
                            Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
                            Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
                            The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
                            The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
                            The best lack all conviction, while the worst
                            Are full of passionate intensity.

                            Surely some revelation is at hand;
                            Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
                            The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
                            When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
                            Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
                            A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
                            A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
                            Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
                            Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
                            The darkness drops again; but now I know
                            That twenty centuries of stony sleep
                            Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
                            And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
                            Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

                            Tarkowski

                            1. The Knights Template
                              • 10 Years
                              11 months, 27 days ago

                              I had a delicious falafel in Bethlehem! And I snuck in the back door to the Church of the Nativity to have a squiz at the site of the Nativity. The falafel had pickles on it, of which I am quite fond.

                              1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                                • 6 Years
                                11 months, 27 days ago

                                Hallelujah

                                1. Andy_Social
                                  • 11 Years
                                  11 months, 27 days ago

                                  So Yates of Nottm Forest then?

                                  1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                                    • 6 Years
                                    11 months, 27 days ago

                                    The Man and the Echo

                                    1. Andy_Social
                                      • 11 Years
                                      11 months, 27 days ago

                                      You posted The Second Coming though.

                                      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                                        • 6 Years
                                        11 months, 27 days ago

                                        I did.

                                        But was referring to both aspects of Ryan Yates.

                                        1. Andy_Social
                                          • 11 Years
                                          11 months, 27 days ago

                                          Right, I get it. He'll be a boring 4.5 though.

                                          Maybe you're referring to a Man City player or Echo Fernandez

                              2. Mirror Man
                                  11 months, 27 days ago

                                  Pickles and falafel? This can't be a thing. I won't have it. Nope.

                                  Have at you....

                                  1. The Knights Template
                                    • 10 Years
                                    11 months, 27 days ago

                                    They put chips in the falafel as well, you only need to eat once a day!

                                    1. Mirror Man
                                        11 months, 27 days ago

                                        I refuse to believe it. Didn't happen.

                                        1. The Knights Template
                                          • 10 Years
                                          11 months, 27 days ago

                                          They’re enormous, and only cost about USD3-4!

                                • x.jim.x
                                  • 9 Years
                                  11 months, 27 days ago

                                  Bit wordy for a chant that, usually the Everton fans just boo

                                • panda07
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 11 Years
                                  11 months, 27 days ago

                                  Nice, Slouchie even gets a mention in the last line!

                              3. Fulchester's New Centr…
                                • 6 Years
                                11 months, 27 days ago

                                Did the website just go back to how it was last year momentarily?

                              4. Randaxus
                                • 3 Years
                                11 months, 27 days ago

                                I did the transfer planner on fpl team with the new prices this is the team that I came up with

                                Leno
                                TAA/White/Gabriel
                                Rashford/Fernandes/Ødegaard/Olise/Madueke
                                Haaland/Ferguson

                                Olsen/Kilman/Zanka/Stansfield

                                Maybe I need Salah haha

                                1. Mirror Man
                                    11 months, 27 days ago

                                    We're not doing this today. Today we're talkin g about slugs and snails. Please stick to the program. Thanks.

                                    1. Randaxus
                                      • 3 Years
                                      11 months, 27 days ago

                                      lol

                                      1. Andy_Social
                                        • 11 Years
                                        11 months, 27 days ago

                                        I made the same squad with FPLTeam and LiveFPL and the former is 6.0m more than the latter. HUGE difference. I'll just wait for the real prices.

                                        1. teddy.
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 14 Years
                                          11 months, 27 days ago

                                          Yup. More than enough opportunity for tinkering and rating once we have prices.

                                    2. teddy.
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 14 Years
                                      11 months, 27 days ago

                                      Pretty sure that slugs are totally poisonous and too toxic to consume, whereas snails are rendered perfectly edible fried in garlic butter.

                                      1. Mirror Man
                                          11 months, 27 days ago

                                          You have a lot to learn, Teddy.

                                    3. The Knights Template
                                      • 10 Years
                                      11 months, 27 days ago

                                      You need to sit down and have an oversized, cheap falafel.

                                    1. Mirror Man
                                        11 months, 27 days ago

                                        Is any slug-related content in the works? It's been a while.