One of a few all-Premier League matchups in the EFL Cup third round sees a capital derby played as Brentford host Arsenal in West London.
The Gunners are coming off a disappointing but not deflating draw in their weekend rivalry matchup against Tottenham, and now the domestic cup campaign begins.
Brentford have not started the season well, on a run of five consecutive matches without a win following their 3-0 thrashing of local rivals Fulham back in mid-August. They advanced past League Two side Newport County in the EFL Cup second round, but only after a penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw. Last weekend's 3-1 home loss to struggling Everton was a real disappointment.
Arsenal will consider themselves amongst the favourites to win this competition, but fewer fixtures this season could be a blessing in disguise, while Brentford will be desperate for a result against a likely rotated Gunners squad.
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The Gunners are one of Europe's best teams, but they have shown occasional weaknesses amidst a heavy early fixture list, and with Arteta likely to rotate his squad heavily, it could be an opportunity for Brentford to turn their momentum around.
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Banking on Arteta rotating his squad, this could be a chance for Brentford to get the goals flowing again. They've registered over 1.0 xG (expected goals) in four of six Premier League matches this season, but in only one of them did they manage over 2.0 xG, as they proceed without the services of Ivan Toney.
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