Stoppage-time own goal sees Forest, Brentford split points

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Nottingham Forest vs Brentford recap: A stoppage-time own goal cost the Bees two points, as they were force to settle for a 2-2 draw at the City Ground on Saturday.

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Morgan Gibbs-White put Nottingham Forest ahead after 20 minutes, but Bryan Mbeumo equalized from the penalty spot during first-half stoppage time and Yoane Wissa, who earlier won the penalty, made it 2-1 in the 75th. Brentford were so nearly over the line with the victory and three points, but the Bees failed to clear the ball inside their own penalty area, then inside their own six-yard box, and eventually the ball found its way over the goal line (by an inch or two) with under 60 seconds of stoppage time left to play.

The point is still useful for each side, as Brentford (16 points) remain 10th in the Premier League table. Forest (10 points), meanwhile, move level with 19th-place Wolves and just two back of safety in 17th (Southampton, currently).

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How to watch Nottingham Forest vs Brentford live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 11am ET, Saturday
TV Channel: Peacock 
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Key storylines

Forest are hanging in there and that big win against Liverpool has kept them in touching distance of getting off the bottom of the table and out of the relegation zone. Steve Cooper’s side have won two of their 13 games this season and sit three points from safety. Both of those wins have come at home and they need to feed off the energy of their fans and return to being more solid after that battering at Arsenal. For Brentford, they have had a strange season and it has been a real mixed bag. They could have won against Wolves last time out but they have to improve on the road as they are yet to pick up a win on their travels in the Premier League this season. The Bees are always fun to watch but they will be without main main Ivan Toney for this game as he has picked up five yellow cards and is suspended.


In-form players to keep an eye on

Forest’s Taiwo Awoniyi will be a real threat up top, while Ryan Yates has been excellent in midfield and Dean Henderson continues to get plenty of reps in goal and is doing his best to play the hero. For Brentford, main man Ivan Toney has eight Premier League goals to his name (only Erling Haaland and Harry Kane have more) but he won’t be playing, so Bryan Mbuemo and Yoane Wissa will be tasked with the Bees’ attacking threat. Ben Mee and Rico Henry are having very solid campaigns.


Nottingham Forest team news, injuries, lineup options

Omar Richards, Jack Colback, Harry Toffolo and Moussa Niakhate all remain out and Steve Cooper will have a few changes in mind as Neco Williams and Brennan Johnson could start.

Brentford team news, injuries, lineup options

Toney being out is a huge blow for Brentford and Mbuemo, Wissa and Mikkel Damsgaard could start in attack. Pontus Jansson and Aaron Hickey remain out with injuries, which is another blow, while Mathias Jensen and Christian Norgaard are both doubts.


Brentford, Wolves trade stunning goals, split points (video)

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Brentford vs Wolves recap: Quality scoring chances were largely few and far between, as Bees and Wolves settled on a 1-1 draw in west London on Saturday.

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That is, with the exception of two minutes very early in the second half, when Ben Mee put Brentford ahead with an acrobatic overhead finish followed by a fantastic curler from Ruben Neves (outside the box, of course) less than two minutes later.

Brentford (15 points) drop one place to 11th in the Premier League following Crystal Palace’s victory over Southampton on Saturday, as they sit five points clear of the relegation zone after 13 games. Wolves (10 points – 18th place) remain that third and final bottom-three side.

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What we learned from Brentford vs Wolves

Stunning goals 107 seconds apart cancel each other out

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How to watch Brentford vs Wolves live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10 am ET, Saturday
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Key storylines & star players

After losing just one of their first six games (2W-3D-1L), Brentford have been on the wrong end of a few batterings in recent weeks. The defeat to Villa saw the Bees concede three goals in the opening 14 minutes and — to rub salt in the wound — a fourth from Ollie Watkins, their former star, in the second half. This kind of lopsided result was nothing new for Brentford, who were also been beaten 3-0 by Arsenal and 5-1 by Newcastle among their six most recent games (12 goals conceded in 3 games). Of course, the Bees kept clean sheets in the other three games during that same stretch. The only constant of late for Brentford: poor chance creation and poor finishing, with just three goals scored in six games.

Steve Davis will take charge of his fifth game as interim Wolves boss following Bruno Lage’s dismissal on Oct. 2. Wolves are 1W-0D-3L in four games under Davis, with two goals scored and nine conceded. The goal-scoring struggles are hardly new, with a Premier League-low five goals (in 12 games) on the season.


Brentford team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Pontus Jansson (hamstring), Christian Norgaard (achilles), Aaron Hickey (ankle), Thomas Strakosha (ankle)

Wolves team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Raul Jimenez (groin), Pedro Neto (ankle), Sasa Kalajdzic (torn ACL), Chiquinho (knee) | QUESTIONABLE: Tote Gomes (undisclosed)

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Villans unleashed! Aston Villa scores four vs Bees to start life after Gerrard

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Aston Villa’s manager-change bounce was more like propulsion as the Villans pummeled Brentford 4-0 at Villa Park on Sunday.

Villa took the field less than 72 hours after Steven Gerrard was sacked as manager, and tweaks to personnel and where they lined up appeared to make some difference.

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Danny Ings scored twice as Villa struck for three goals in the game’s first 14 minutes. Leon Bailey had a goal and an assist and Ollie Watkins made it 4-0 before the hour mark.

Brentford remains in 10th with 14 points. The Bees managed 10 shots but Villa put 11 of their 19 attempts on target in climbing into 14th place, two points off the bottom three.

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What we learned from Aston Villa vs Brentford

Tweaks matter: Sure there will have been emotions after Steven Gerrard was fired by Villa, but credit caretaker boss Aaron Danks for making some lineups moves that may’ve been coming from midweek anyway. Leander Dendoncker was immense in place of John McGinn, and playmaker Emiliano Buendia showed why any of his absences from the Starting XI were questioned by supporters. Ollie Watkins was more of a winger on Sunday and Leon Bailey was splendid on the left.

Thomas Frank’s future: The Dane’s been linked to the Villa vacancy but will be more concerned with what’s become an “Ivan Toney and hopefully someone else” attack. Bryan Mbeumo struggled big time and the attack did improve over the game but the match was also out of reach. The defending was brutal without Ben Mee, whose absence really highlighted what he’s meant to the Bees.


Tactical focus

Scoring three goals in 14 minutes makes it hard to focus on tactics, so we’ll again point to Aaron Danks’ tweaks. Danny Ings as the target man was certainly an inspired choice.

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Stars of the show

Leon Bailey

Danny Ings

Leander Dendoncker

Emiliano Martinez


What’s next?

Villa heads to Newcastle at 10am ET Saturday, while Brentford hosts Wolves at the same time.


Leon Bailey goal video: Villa off to a flyer

Danny Ings goal video: Bailey adds assist

Danny Ings goal video: Rout’s on


How to watch Aston Villa vs Brentford live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 9 am ET, Sunday
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Key storylines & star players

Aston Villa’s seven goals scored are tied for 2nd-fewest in the Premier League this season (Wolves, with five), with the side’s offensive struggles really driven home and reinforced by the following (painful) stat: Through 11 PL games, not a single Aston Villa player has scored multiple goals. As a team, Villa have scored multiple goals just once in a game this season. Aaron Danks, who served as Gerrard’s assistant (and Dean Smith’s before him), will take charge of Sunday’s game as the search for a permanent replacement plays out off the field.

Thus far, it’s been hit or miss for the Brentford defense, which was largely determined their fate on a game-by-game basis. In their three losses (to Arsenal, Newcastle and Fulham), Brentford conceded 11 goals (3.66 per game); in their eight draws and losses, just six goals conceded. Ivan Toney is off to a flying start with eight goals and two assists while playing all 990 PL minutes.


Aston Villa team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Diego Carlos (achilles), Lucas Digne (ankle), Boubacar Kamara (knee), Ludwig Augustinsson (hamstring)

Brentford team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Pontus Jansson (hamstring), Christian Norgaard (achilles), Aaron Hickey (ankle), Thomas Strakosha (ankle)

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Chelsea stymied by Brentford despite strong sub showings

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Kepa Arrizabalaga and David Raya made five saves each as Brentford and Chelsea staged a scoreless draw at Gtech Community Stadium on Wednesday.

Chelsea erupted for 10 second-half shot attempts after both sides had bright patches in the first 45 minutes, but could not get the better of Raya.

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Christian Pulisic was bright in a 30-minute spell for new boss Graham Potter, days after the USMNT star acknowledged that he’s hungry for playing time at any position.

The draw gives Chelsea 20 points, seven off leaders Arsenal, while Brentford moves into ninth with its 14 point.

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What we learned from Brentford vs Chelsea

Mee’s Bees: Longtime Burnley man Ben Mee stood tall in front of star goalkeeper David Raya, and he’s more or less solidified Brentford’s back line.

Chelsea on the wrong end of fine margins: Christian Pulisic entered with a half-hour to go and really energized a Blues side struggling to manufacture danger. The USMNT winger did enough to get an assist but fellow sub Carney Chukwuemeka and his mates couldn’t supply the dagger.

Kepa No. 1: The man once called the world’s most expensive goalkeeper looks that way right now. Kepa Arrizabalaga may stop Edouard Mendy from reclaiming the first-choice keeper shirt for some time (if, in fact, such a shirt exists).


Tactical focus (a.k.a. Pulisic Watch)

Potter changed the game with three subs at the hour mark, and American midfielder Christian Pulisic swapped places with Marc Cucurella, good in his own right over the first hour. Pulisic was bright, daring, and did not lack for confidence in almost certainly raising Potter’s eyebrows moving forward.

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Stars of the show

Kalidou Koulibaly

Ben Mee

Kepa Arrizabalaga

David Raya

Christian Pulisic

Mateo Kovacic


What’s next?

Chelsea hosts Manchester United at 12:30pm ET Saturday, while Brentford will visit Aston Villa at 9am ET Sunday.


How to watch Brentford vs Chelsea live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 2:30pm ET, Wednesday
TV Channel: USA Network
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Key storylines & star players

Brentford’s Ivan Toney is using his play to scream for a World Cup roster spot under Gareth Southgate, and there may not be a center forward in the pool closer to Harry Kane in style and power.

Mason Mount is going to the World Cup barring a major Southgate surprise that would deny the red-hot form of Chelsea’s clever playmaker.


Brentford team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Pontus Jansson (thigh), Thomas Strakosha (ankle), Aaron Hickey (ankle), Christian Norgaard (calf)

Chelsea team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: N’Golo Kante (thigh), Wesley Fofana (knee), Reece James (knee)

USMNT’s Malik Tillman dribbles from midfield for Rangers goal (video)

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Malik Tillman’s on the board again for Glasgow Rangers, scoring Sunday against Motherwell.

Tillman took a short pass from James Tavernier just short of the halfway stripe and sprinted forward with a half-dozen touches.

He outran Stuart McKinstry and Ross Tierney, cut between Sean Goss and Ricki Lamie, and from 6 yards slid a right-foot shot past sliding goalkeeper Liam Kelly.

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It was the third goal of the season for the 20-year-old, who scored against Belgium’s Union Saint-Gilloise in Champions League qualifying on Aug. 9 and against St Johnstone in the SPL four days later.

Tillman was loaned from Bayern Munich to Rangers for the season last July.

Tillman was born in Germany to a father in the U.S military and a German mother. He played for the U.S. under-15 team in 2016 and for Germany at several youth levels, then switched to the U.S. and made his national team debut on June 1.

He has made four international appearances and is bidding for a spot on the World Cup roster.