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Brentford vs Man Utd tips and predictions: Champions League surge still on cards for Erik ten Hag's troops

Manchester United, fresh from a thrilling seven-goal FA Cup win over Liverpool, will be aiming to channel that momentum in Saturday evening’s trip to Brentford (2000 GMT).

In contrast, Brentford find themselves desperately in need of a lift following their 2-1 defeat against Burnley, a match marred by an early setback.

Sergio Reguilon's eighth-minute red card, which resulted in a penalty for Burnley, effectively took the sting out of the Bees. Subsequently, Brentford struggled to regain their footing, conceding another goal soon after.

Despite a late header by Kristoffer Ajer in the 83rd minute, it proved insufficient for the 10-man team, serving merely as a consolation amid their disappointment.

Manchester United, meanwhile, appear to be gradually hitting their stride, eyeing a late surge into Champions League contention.

With both Spurs and Aston Villa faltering in recent Premier League fixtures while United clinched a vital win, the gap between these teams is narrowing. A triumph against Brentford would further fuel their Champions League aspirations.

Thomas Frank’s Brentford, currently situated just five points above the relegation zone, are eager to salvage something from this fixture.

However, historical odds are stacked against them, with Manchester United emerging victorious in four out of their last five encounters, leaving the Bees with just one win.

Despite Brentford's recent struggles, characterised by a mere seven points from a possible 30, their proficiency in front of goal cannot be overlooked.

Notably, they have found the net in nine out of their last 10 home games, their only blank coming against league leaders Arsenal.

Yet, defensive frailties persist, conceding in 19 of their last 20 matches. This poses a significant challenge against a relentless United side that has scored in 14 consecutive outings.

With these factors in mind, both teams to score and over 2.5 goals to land seems like a solid option.

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Team news

Harry Maguire sustained an injury during England's defeat to Brazil, a match where Casemiro was notably absent due to a muscle injury that had been troubling him since before the FA Cup clash against Liverpool.

Although Maguire limped off the field during the Brazil match, initial reports suggest that his injury isn't severe, leaving open the possibility of his inclusion in Saturday's clash.

Fellow centre-back Jonny Evans also encountered a minor injury ahead of the international break. However, he is expected to be fit for the Premier League's return this weekend.

On the flip side, Reguilon's red card in Brentford's last fixture will sideline him for the upcoming home game, as well as the subsequent two matches, due to suspension.  

Key stats

- Brentford have lost five of their last six games

- Man Utd have scored at least one goal for 14 consecutive matches

- Brentford have conceded in 19 of their last 20 games.   

Suggested bets:

Both teams to score

Over 2.5 goals

Brentford 1-3 Manchester United - correct score


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