Brentford host Fulham in a London derby this evening with both teams looking to continue their brilliant form this season.
The two rivals sit inside the Premier League’s top ten with the Bees unbeaten in 11 games and the Cottagers spectacularly hunting down a place in Europe.
Marco Silva’s Fulham are only two points behind the top six, with the newly promoted outfit loving life back in the top flight.
The hosts are also flying under Thomas Frank and haven’t lost in the league since October so this clash should be an entertaining one.
Fulham won the previous meeting 3-2 at Craven Cottage in August thanks to a stoppage time winner from Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Brentford vs Fulham: talkSPORT coverage
This Premier League clash will take place on Monday, March 6.
Kick-off at the Gtech Community Stadium is scheduled for 8pm.
talkSPORT will have EXCLUSIVE live coverage of the game presented by Adrian Durham.
Commentary will then come from Joe Shennan and former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy.
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Brentford vs Fulham: Team news
Brentford XI: Raya, Hickey, Pinnock, Mee, Henry, Norgaard, Jensen, Damsgaard, Wissa, Toney, Mbeumo.
Subs: Cox, Schade, Dasilva, Onyeka, Jannson, Ajer, Baptiste, Janelt, Roerslev.
Fulham XI: Leno, Tete, Diop, Ream, Robinson, Reed, Lukic, Solomon, Pereira, Willian, Mitrovic.
Subs: Rodak, Wickens, Adarabioyo, Wilson, Soares, De Cordova-Reid, James, Vinicius, Harris.
Brentford vs Fulham: What has been said?
Fulham boss Silva has praised Brentford ahead of the game and named the clash ‘a proper derby’ between the two London sides.
He said: “They [Brentford] have been really consistent, they are really compact, a solid team as well.
“They can be a threat at any time in this competition, but at the same time they are solid, they are compact and they are strong in the duels as well.
“I think it will be a tough one and I think it will be a proper derby again.
“We are going to face a team in really good form. They’re unbeaten in the last 11 games in the Premier League.
“They know as well that they’re going to face a strong Fulham side and a team that is going to go there and fight for the three points.”
Brentford vs Fulham: Match facts
- Fulham’s Manor Solomon has scored in each of his last three Premier League games, all as a substitute. Only one player – Jamie Vardy from November 2018 to October 2020 – has ever scored in four consecutive substitute appearances in the Premier League, while no player has ever done so in an uninterrupted run of games for a club in the competition.
- Since their promotion to the Premier League in 2021, Ivan Toney has scored 31% of Brentford’s goals (26/85), the highest ratio of any player for a team to have played across both campaigns.
- Only Harry Kane (8) has scored more goals in Premier League London derbies this season than Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic and Brentford’s Ivan Toney (4 each). In Mitrovic’s case, only Dimitar Berbatov has ever scored more London derby goals for Fulham in a single Premier League campaign (6 in 2012-13).
- Both Brentford and Fulham have scored a league-high 15 Premier League goals from set-pieces so far this season, with no side netting more penalties than the Bees (5).
- Brentford have never lost a Premier League game in which they’ve scored first (W17 D4), with 10 of those games coming this season (W8 D2). However, they’re one of just three sides yet to win when conceding first so far in 2022-23 (D6 L4).
- Fulham have won 11 Premier League games this season, last winning more in 2011-12 (14). They’ve also won five away games this term, their joint-most in a single Premier League campaign (also 2003-04).
- After winning just one of 17 Premier League away games on a Monday between 2001-02 and 2018-19 (D5 L11), Fulham have won each of their last two (2-1 at Leicester in November 2020, 3-0 at Crystal Palace this season).
- Brentford are unbeaten in their last 11 Premier League games (W5 D6), the longest current run in the competition. However, they’ve won just one of their last nine league London derbies (D6 L2).
- Fulham won the reverse fixture against Brentford 3-2 in August; they’ve only done a Premier League double over three London sides – Charlton in 2002-03, Tottenham in 2003-04 and QPR in 2011-12.
- Brentford have won four of their last five home league games against Fulham (L1), winning 1-0 the last time they hosted the Cottagers in league competition in December 2019 in the Championship.