The crucial stat that suggests Brentford will survive their first Premier League season
Brentford rack up comfortable win over Wolves
First half goals from Ivan Toney and Bryan Mbeumo ensured that Brentford continued their strong start to their maiden Premier League campaign, having now taken 8 points from their opening 5 league games.
HALF-TIME Wolves 0-2 Brentford
Brentford go into the break with a comfortable lead after an entertaining first half at Molineux#WOLBRE pic.twitter.com/agMdp10I6A
— Premier League (@premierleague) September 18, 2021
They could well have scored more too, with Toney having two further goals ruled out (correctly) for offside and handball respectively. A red card on the hour mark to Baptiste made the encounter more nervy than it should have been, but despite bright sparks from Adama Traore, Wolves flattered to deceive.
Ivan Toney’s penalty record for Brentford (excluding shootouts):
◎ 12 penalties taken
◉ 12 penalties scored
He doesn’t miss. 💯 pic.twitter.com/LlUWu2G9bV
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 18, 2021
The result leaves Brentford in eighth place ahead of the remainder of the weekend’s fixtures, while Wolves languish in 14th place, having taken 3 points from their opening five games.
The stat that suggests that Brentford will survive this season
After the game, a stat emerged that suggests that Brentford fans should be confident of remaining in the division this season at least.
As per Opta, Brentford are the fourteenth newly-promoted side to have won 8 or more points from their opening 5 Premier League fixtures. All of the previous 13 sides to do so have avoided relegation that season.
14 – Brentford are the 14th promoted side in Premier League history to accrue 8+ points after five games, and the first since Wolves in 2018-19, with all 13 of those previous sides avoiding relegation in that campaign. Positive. #WOLBRE pic.twitter.com/kR8v5iycxl
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 18, 2021
This means that Brentford fans can continue to enjoy their stay in the Premier League, knowing that historically they are likely to stay up if they continue to perform as they have for their opening five games.