Brentford vs Brighton: Preview, lineups, quotes, form, injuries and how to watch the match

We preview the Friday night Premier League clash between Brentford and Brighton

By James Descombes Published: 14 October 2022 - 1.48pm
Leandro trossard celebrates a goal against liverpool

When and where to watch Brentford vs Brighton

Brentford face Brighton at 8pm on Friday 14 October.

You can catch all the action from the Brentford Community Stadium on NOW via BT TV

Brentford vs Brighton match preview

Thomas Frank will be expecting a reaction from his Brentford side after suffering a 5-1 hammering against Newcastle at St James’ Park last weekend.

Without captain Pontus Jansson the Bees looked shaky in defence, with a number of mistakes at the back resulting in goals.

Frank will be hoping time on the training ground will put those frailties to bed and that at the other end of the pitch Ivan Toney and co. can return to their blistering best.

New Brighton manager Roberto de Zerbi is still looking for his first win in the Premier League and after games against Liverpool and Spurs will see this as the perfect opportunity to register three points.

The Seagulls have been shook by news that Enock Mwepu has had to retire from competitive football at the age of 24 due to a rare hereditary heart condition. That will undoubtedly drive the team on and give them extra impetus to win in London. 

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Brentford vs Brighton predicted lineups

Brentford: (3-5-2) Raya; Ajer, Mee, Pinnock, Hickey, Baptiste, Jenson, Dasilva. Henry, Mbuemo, Toney

Brighton: (3-4-2-1) Sanchez; Veltman, Dunk, Webster, March, Mac Allister, Caicedo, Estupinan, Gross, Trossard, Welbeck.

Enock Mwepu training pre-match for Brighton
Brighton's Enock Mwepu has retired at the age of 24 due to a rare heart condition.

Brentford vs Brighton: Injuries and suspensions

Brentford are likely to be missing their captain Pontus Jansson after he sat out the Newcastle match after tweaking his hamstring against Bournemouth.

The Swede’s absence means that Ethan Pinnock could keep his place despite having a poor game against the Magpies.

The Jamaican international, who was making his own return from an injury that has kept him out since April, managed to score an own goal and get in a mix up with goalkeeper David Raya that led to Newcastle’s fourth goal.

Brighton’s big loss is Enock Mwepu, who had to retire this week at the age of 24 due to a rare hereditary heart condition identified while on international duty with Zambia.

Nicknamed ‘The Computer’ because of the way he read the game, Brighton will miss his intelligent midfield play. However, this devastating news could well drive his teammates on in this fixture. 

Form (last 6 matches)

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Brentford vs Brighton: Form guide

Brentford’s form has been up and down this season, which is why they currently find themselves mid-table on 10 points.

After a good start Brentford have come unstuck with heavy defeats and poor performances against Arsenal and Newcastle, who beat them 3-0 and 5-1 respectively.

The Bees did manage a respectable point away against a resurgent Bournemouth side, but manager Thomas Frank will want some more points on the board to avoid them slipping down the league table. 

Since new manager Roberto de Zerbi arrived on the south coast the Seagulls have only taken one point from two matches. However, those two matches were away at Liverpool and Spurs at home.

Brighton have been playing some good football under De Zerbi and the Italian will see this fixture as a great opportunity to record his first win in the Premier League. 

Brentford vs Brighton: The last time they met

The Seagulls triumphed over the Bees both times they met last season, with a 1-0 away victory in September and a 2-0 win at the Amex on Boxing Day 2021.

Brighton midfielder Leandro Trossard scored in both those matches, and popped up with the 90th-minute winner at the Brentford Community Stadium. 

Brentford manager Thomas Frank giving the thumbs up
Thomas Frank watched on from the touchline as his Brentford side lost 5-1 to Newcastle at St James' Park.

He said what?!

Thomas Frank after his side’s 5-1 defeat to Newcastle:

“I use a lot of strength to try to stay calm because if not, I will explode.

“It's very, very very, very - that was four verys - hard to win a football game if you make one, two, three, four mistakes.

“Last year, I never thought that we would lose five games on the bounce - it happened last year. I also thought that we would never concede five goals.

“It happened. It's about how we handle setbacks, how we bounce back, so it's all about that and I'm convinced we'll bounce back. Not even a doubt, not at all.”

Brentford vs Brighton: Players to watch

Brentford striker Ivan Toney has been involved in half of the 16 goals the club have scored this season.

He makes the team tick up top and works well with the likes of Bryan Mbuemo, Shandon Baptiste and Rico Henry.

Toney was on fire before his England call-up, where he filed to make an appearance. Can he get back to his best against Brighton?

Brighton’s midfield has adapted well this season to the departure of Yves Bissouma, with Pascal Gross and Alexis Mac Allister operating as the team’s engine room, with high-energy running, decisive passing and goals.

Goals is something that the seasiders have often lacked. However, Leandro Trossard has stepped up his game with five goals in eight games. The 27-year-old Belgian international is a tricky customer who is as capable of finishing off chances as he is at assisting them. 

Brentford vs Brighton: Key stats

  • Brighton blues: Brentford have won just once in their last six home league matches against Brighton (D3 L2), beating them 3-2 in September 2014.

  • TGI Friday! Brentford are unbeaten in their last nine league games played on a Friday (W7 D2).

  • Losing capital: Both of Brighton’s defeats this season have come against London clubs (Fulham and Spurs).

  • On me head, son! Brentford have conceded a Premier League-high six headed goals this season. But Brighton are one of six sides yet to score a headed goal this season.

  • More shooting practice needed! No Premier League player has had more shots (18) or more shots on target (8) without scoring than Brighton’s Solly March. He’s not scored with any of his last 53 attempts.