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Brentford to challenge for Europe?

Brentford have had an up and down season so far in the Premier League yet recent performances suggest the Bees could be amongst other challengers for a European place next year.

Despite a lacklustre 3-0 defeat to Liverpool in their last Premier League outing, Brentford are not to brushed aside in the Europe conversation. After two successful seasons since promotion back in 2021, the Bees silenced many football followers who believed the team didn't have the depth or talent to remain in the top division. Thomas Frank's men had an unbelievable record against the top six, beating Arsenal on the first day of the 2021/2022 season was a main highlight and set the tone for the team to establish as Premier League worthy. In their second season they improved once again, finishing 9th with 59 points, a narrow three points away from a European spot which was nabbed by Aston Villa in 7th. Brentford made some fantastic memories, doing the double over champions and treble winners Manchester City gave them the credibility to be considered a top half team. With a game pending on Saturday against a high-flying Arsenal, Brentford must wonder in what has been a competitive campaign so far can they grab some results in games like these to stay within the race for a desired Europe spot.

The December period can be a tough time for all teams as fixtures begin to build up heading into the new year. Brentford have some tricky fixtures awaiting them with the likes of Brighton and Aston Villa, who like Brentford will favour their odds to achieve European positions. However, if results start to go Brentford's way good there be a change in momentum that pushes them through the winter times and see them rise up the table. Brentford have overcome several setbacks already this season, the suspension of Ivan Toney, Rico Henry's injury, Kevin Schade's Injury and perhaps the loaning of David Raya could even be argued a set back due to his importance in Thomas Frank's system. So, baring these setbacks in mind, Brentford have impressed so far with their ability to adapt tactically whilst maintaining a team unity to support the players towards grinding out results. Brentford's effort so far sees them sitting 11th just four points behind Newcastle in 7th and this portrays just how close teams are this season. Considering they're more shocks and surprises imminent who knows how the tides can change in relation to the league table.

Will third time be the charm for Brentford, there is still a long way to go this season and a January transfer window on the horizon. Unfortunately, Rico Henry will miss the remainder of the season with the injury he sustained verses Newcastle but the chance is still there for Brentford to push on and rebuild from these blows. The big question is to whether Ivan Toney will return to the Bees squad or move away in January, if the England striker decides to stay this will give Brentford a massive boost and threat up front, an area where they have lacked a number 9 to be the prolific goal scorer and contributor to the team. Regardless Brentford's squad remains strong and there is the possibility that although key players are missing this is motivating individuals towards working harder and making an impression. For all football fans this season the race for European positions will certainly be one to keep an eye on!

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