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This London derby is a meeting of two of the top scoring sides in the Premier League and should be an open and entertaining match

After EPL Matchweek 7 was postponed following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, play will commence this weekend with table-toppers Arsenal visiting Brentford on Sunday at the Gtech Community Stadium.

The Gunners last featured in the Europa League on Sept. 8, defeating FC Zürich 2-1 with a starting XI that featured a handful of reserves.

By the time this match kicks off, it will be more than two weeks since Brentford last played, defeating Leeds United 5-2 at home to vault into eighth place.

Who will win this London derby after a long layoff? Let’s dig into our Brentford vs Arsenal best bets and betting tips.

John Arlia’s 2022-23 EPL Betting Record: 7-11-0 (-3.91 units)

Brentford vs Arsenal Odds

  • 3-Way Handicap: Brentford (+320) | Draw (+275) | Arsenal (-120)
  • Over/Under Goals: Over 2.5 (-155) | Under 2.5 (+110)
  • Both Teams to Score: Yes (-160) | No (+115)
  • Draw No Bet: Brentford (+200) | Arsenal (-275)

Brentford vs Arsenal odds are current as of Wednesday, Sept. 14, at BetMGM Sportsbook.

Arsenal are slight favorites to win this match, but it is certainly not a sure thing. Both teams are expected to score, and the Over is heavily juiced at 2.5 goals.

Brentford vs Arsenal Betting Tips

This unexpected layoff may have come at the right time for Arsenal, as early-season injuries were starting to mount. However, midfielder Thomas Partey (thigh) is reportedly back in full training and could play a role in Sunday’s match.

Partey’s return would be a massive boost to the squad, which has had to rely on youngster Albert Sambi Lokonga in the holding midfield role in recent matches.

A two-week layoff probably was not what Brentford would have wanted after putting five goals past Leeds, but the Bees will be hoping their good form continues against an Arsenal side that they beat 2-0 in this fixture last season.

In Ivan Toney and Bryan Mbeumo, Brentford have a pair of pacey attackers that can counter quickly — as they did in a 4-0 win over Manchester United earlier this season. Arsenal’s back line will have to be aware of that duo, especially after failing to deal with United’s willingness to run in behind in their most recent EPL outing at Old Trafford.

Brentford vs Arsenal Prediction

Brentford 2-3 Arsenal

This game should have goals, as Brentford will not sit back and just try to hold on for a nil-nil result.

The Bees have the pace and quality going forward to trouble Arsenal, but the Gunners have plenty of creativity in the attacking third to make and polish off chances. This could be an entertaining, open game of football.

In the end, Arsenal have enough quality to pick up three more points on the road.

Brentford vs Arsenal Best Bets

➕ Over 2.5 Goals (-155) at BetMGM Sportsbook

WAGER: 1.55 Units

Brentford have scored the second most goals in the Premier League this season (15), which has them tied with Liverpool and only trailing Manchester City.

Arsenal are currently a goal behind on 14 for the season but have a slightly better defensive record than the Bees (seven conceded vs nine). Stylistically, both teams will go for it, which should make for an open, end-to-end game, with plenty of chances for each to score.

The Over is the play, even if this line rises to 3.5 before kickoff.

➕ Arsenal (-120) at BetMGM Sportsbook

WAGER: 1.2 Units

Gunners manager Mikel Arteta will not have to think hard about his team talk for this match after his side was beaten on the opening day of last season in Brentford’s first game after gaining promotion.

Arsenal are in a much better position as a club now compared to then, with the Brazilian duo of Gabriel Jesus (three goals, three assists) and Gabriel Martinelli (three goals) firing to start the season.

While this will be far from an easy game, I think the Gunners will have benefited from the chance to reset after their first loss of the EPL campaign, and Partey’s return to the squad will be a massive boost.

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