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As far as London derbies in the Premier League are concerned, this fixture arguably sits at the bottom of the list. Then again, if you tell that to fans of either club, they will say this encounter is just as important as any other.
Especially within the context of this season and with both teams sitting with an element of comfort between themselves and the relegation zone, they will look to protect that margin with a win at the weekend.
Four straight defeats at the time of writing is certainly nothing for Brentford to write home about and with this run of form currently under their belts, there is perhaps little to suggest that they will come out on top this weekend.
With that said, Crystal Palace are not pulling up that many Premier League trees as of late and therefore, Brentford boss Thomas Frank will have identified this fixture as one that is very much winnable.
Something that I have also identified before this weekend’s Premier League action and if you want to back my hunch of backing Brentford to win, you can currently get odds of 8/5 for a home win with Sportnation.
Although Brentford made a solid start to their first ever season in the Premier League, there is a sense that they are now starting to struggle with the rigours of the top-flight and this is reflected in their current form.
Form that sees Thomas Frank’s men having won just one of their last six outings (at the time of writing) and although they are in the lower reaches of mid-table at present, there is one important aspect to consider.
One that sees the Bees having played more matches than the teams that can be considered any potential relegation counterparts and this means the West London outfit are in the clutches of the sides that sit below them.
There is no doubt that Brentford are not short when it comes to effort, it is just that collective effort has not been converted into league points and at some point, in the very near future, their fortunes will have to change.
Because with their own trajectory being one that is currently seeing them slip slowly down the Premier League table, there will always be improvements elsewhere and if Brentford do not improve themselves, it could be a tense final third of the season.
In terms of injuries and suspensions for the visit of Crystal Palace, it is a perfectly fit 25-man squad at the time of writing and manager Thomas Frank will hope that status continues throughout the season.
After earning a relatively comfortable win over Hartlepool last weekend, it means Crystal Palace are one of the 16 teams still left in this season’s F.A. Cup and it is that competition, which is currently offering them respite from matters within the Premier League.
Because like Brentford, Palace have very much been a team that has been impressive in terms of performance but unfortunately, they have also failed to convert this into an abundance of league points.
Which leaves the South London outfit now looking over their shoulders, then opposed to looking up the table and although a finish in the middle of the pack will likely be the order of the day, they cannot relax just yet.
Admittedly there are worse teams in the division than Crystal Palace and manager Patrick Vieria will not be losing too much sleep at the prospect of a relegation battle just yet. However, just one league win in six outings (at the time of writing) will offer some cause for concern.
Concern that might just need a call to arms for the Palace squad and with Everton playing host to Leeds that same afternoon, the potential for teams to be bunched up further is also a realistic possibility - something that could also spell trouble for the Eagles.
In terms of injuries and suspensions for the trip to Brentford, the same clean bill of health can also be handed to Patrick Vieria and with two full strength squads on show, it should make for an interesting clash in West London.
Although it is a London derby, it is arguably one of the lesser-known rivalries within the capital and one that before this season, would have been largely fought within the lower tiers of English football.
In terms of their overall head-to-head record, Brentford have won on 14 occasions, Crystal Palace 17 and there have been 8 draws
With the Brentford Community Stadium being opened in 2020, its first season of operation was largely behind closed doors and only since the start of this campaign have paying supporters been allowed in each week.
With COVID-19 restrictions being lifted in England, it means there is no longer the need to show a Vaccine Passport before attending the ground. Which means, match tickets are the only item that is required to be produced at the time of writing.
The meeting at the Brentford Community Stadium is not necessarily one that is must-win for either Brentford or Crystal Palace and the result in West London will not define either of their campaigns.
With that said, a win for either the Bees or the Eagles would also make life a lot easier for whoever comes out on top and that is why the stakes in West London might just be higher than you first thought.