Following a terrific Premier League campaign in which Brentford finished safely inside the top half in ninth, the Bees will be hoping for more of the same in the new season.
Manager: Thomas Frank
Stadium: Gtech Community Stadium
Captain: Christian Norgaard
Top League Scorer last season: Ivan Toney (20)
Last season's finish: 9th
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Recording the club's best league finish since 1938 last term, ending up in 9th place in the top flight, Brentford continue to punch above their weight in the Premier League.
Their second year in the Premier League following promotion via the Championship play-offs in 2021, the Bees' mixture of physicality and incisive counter-attacking play proved fruitful throughout the duration of the campaign.
Brentford have become renowned as a side you can never expect a straightforward match against, with the West Londoners remarkably taking the scalp of Pep Guardiola's Treble-winning Manchester City not once but twice on league duty last season.
Going 12 Premier League matches unbeaten between October and March, Brentford looked like launching an unlikely charge for European qualification before a dip in form in the spring.
Although Brentford have now established themselves in the Premier League, the first goal of a club of their size will always be to maintain their top flight status before building from there.
There is no liberty to rest on your laurels in an ever competitive Premier League, a fact Danish boss Thomas Frank will be all too conscious of.
The Bees will back themselves to enjoy another strong season, however, with the club investing heavily in the transfer market with Nathan Collins arriving from Wolves and goalkeeper Mark Flekken joining from Freiburg along with Kevin Schade who signed initially on loan in January.
With no regular starters from last season having departed, Brentford have been able to retain the bulk of the squad which has served them so well which will delight the club's supporters.
The West London side's progressive high pressing game and positional flexibility going forward is combined with more than a touch of rudimental aggression which saw Brentford score 16 goals from set plays last season - the joint-second most in the division behind Liverpool on 17.
It is this intensity off the ball and aerial dominance which makes Brentford such awkward and uncomfortable opponents, with Man City (twice), Man United, Liverpool and Chelsea all stung by the Bees last term.
Brentford will know they will have to continue to improve and evolve if they are to continuing progressing as a Premier League team, but it's difficult to foresee them falling off any time soon.
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