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Everton-Brentford Preview

Everton manager Frank Lampard has stated that he is "well aware" of Everton's lack of options up front ahead of the game against Brentford.

The loss of last season's top goalscorer Richarlison to Spurs as well as an injury to Dominic Calvert-Lewin have left the Toffees short of attacking players, as they currently sit 17th and without a win so far this campaign.

Anthony Gordon has also been closely-linked with Chelsea and Lampard has admitted he needs more players up top, though he wants to make sure they are the right signings for the club.

"It's an area that we're well aware of, but the last thing we want to do or the last thing we should do is bring in a player on a whim or in a rush that's not going to improve the squad," Lampard told reporters.

"If there has been any mistakes previously we don't want to make those."

Brentford meanwhile have endured a mixed start to the season, following up a 4-0 romping of Manchester United with a disappointing late loss at rivals Fulham last time out.

Head coach Thomas Frank is delighted with the way his team is playing going forward though, saying: "We have managed to score eight goals in three games, which is extraordinary for a club of our size.

"We will always try to go down that attacking route and I think it paid off in many, many ways (against Fulham)."

Brentford - Ivan Toney

Toney has been involved in four goals in three matches this season with two goals and two assists. He is essential for the Bees if they want to get back on track with three points against the Toffees.

Everton - Alex Iwobi

Iwobi leads his team in chances created and through balls this season but is yet to register an assist. Can one of his teammates take advantage of his passing ability and take one of those chances?

- Brentford beat Everton 1-0 at home and 3-2 away in the Premier League last season, with the Toffees one of three teams the Bees achieved the league double over (also Watford and West Ham).

- Everton won just one point from their six away league games in London last season (D1 L5), having won 15 points from 18 available to them in the capital in 2020-21 (W5 D0 L1).

- Brentford have kept a clean sheet in five of their last six Premier League home games, with the exception being a 2-1 home loss to Leeds on the final day last season. Since the start of February, no side has kept more home clean sheets in the top-flight than the Bees (six).

- Everton are averaging exactly one point per game under Frank Lampard in the Premier League (P21 W6 D3 L12), the same average as his predecessor Rafael Benítez managed (P19 W5 D4 L10). Since his first game in February, only Wolves (0.90) have a lower points-per-game ratio among current top-flight sides.

- Brentford have scored eight goals in their opening three league games this season, only the second time in their last 31 seasons they've reached that tally after three games (also 2018-19). Last season, they only scored three goals in their opening three matches.

Updated August 26, 2022

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