Brentford - Crystal Palace prediction
Brentford host Crystal Palace in this London derby of the 24th round of the Premier League.
The hosts will be looking to build on the excellent impression they have made with their performances so far this season.
The Bees are in 8th place in the standings, leaving giants like Liverpool and Chelsea behind.
And the asset of 34 points allows them to hope for a qualification for the Euro-tournaments if they continue with their excellent results.
Brentford have recorded back-to-back wins in their last 3 home games in the league. Including 3-1 over Poole.
And in the last two of them they also have a dry net.
Undoubtedly, the main contribution to the team's success is made by top striker Ivan Touni.
Only Erling Haaland and Harry Kane have scored more Premier League goals than Ivan Touni.
So I decided to add it as an option in this combined forecast of mine.
And the victory for Brentford does not raise doubts for me.
Because Crystal Palace have been playing too timidly lately - 0-3-5 in their previous 8 games in all competitions.
Brentford and Ivan Toney are impressive and have only lost once at home
Brentford have gone 10 games in the Premier League without a loss (5-5-0).
After drawing 1-1 away to title-chasing Arsenal last weekend.
There was some controversy surrounding Ivan Touni's 74th-minute equaliser , with VAR failing to check for offside.
But Toney also hit the post when the game was goalless.
And it felt that the Bees deserved the Emirates point .
Denmark international Kristian Norgaard, who provided the assist for the equaliser, agreed:
“It's always difficult for us to celebrate a point.
But to come here, in this place, in the form that Arsenal are in, fighting for the title - I think it's very impressive.
The way we went forward, the transitions, the way we took our chances from set pieces.
It really shows that our qualities are getting better, especially in this area."
The team achieved 5 wins during their unbeaten streak.
And at home, Brentford have been strong all season, recording 6 wins to just one loss from 11 games here (6-4-1).
Crystal Palace are on a 7 match winless streak (0-3-4)
Crystal Palace are 9 points behind Brentford in the table after just one win in nine Premier League games (1-3-5).
And it was against struggling Bournemouth.
The Eagles scored only 4 goals in the remaining 8 matches . Although it would be wrong to say that they play badly.
Three of their last 4 meetings ended in a draw. As they were against teams from the Top 6 - Newcastle, Man Utd and Brighton.
Solly March put the Seagulls ahead in the 63rd minute at Selhurst Park on Saturday. But James Tomkins equalized soon after.
Brighton also had a goal wrongly disallowed due to a VAR error.
But Patrick Vieira was pleased to see his side fight for a point despite the visitors controlling the ball.
The Crystal Palace manager said:
"At times we have to accept the dominance of the opposing team and show a different quality. That's what the team is all about.
I'm really happy with the organization we've done, the hard work the team has shown.
And in the end we scored that goal and I'm really happy for them."
Crystal Palace are rarely beaten on their visits.
Having gone down by just one goal in the last away games at Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford.
Squads and injured footballers
Lineup: Paradise; Roerslev, Mee, Pinnock, Henry; Janelt, Norgaard, Jensen; Mbeumo, Toney, Visa
Lineup: Guaita; Klein, Tomkins, Guehy, Mitchell; Lokonga, Dukur, Schlup; Olisse, Mateta, Ayu
Injured: Hughes, Ward, Zaha