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Brentford learn opponents for their shot at debut win

15 Jun 2021

Bees can become the seventh new PL club to win their first match if they beat Arsenal on opening day

For Brentford, the dream of playing in the Premier League has become even closer to reality following the release of the fixtures for their first ever Premier League season.

On Wednesday, the Bees discovered that their first opponents will be Arsenal. And now they can start to assess their chances of emulating the clubs who have won on their PL debut.

See: Premier League 2021/22 fixtures released

A winning start as a new Premier League club is certainly a noteworthy achievement.

Since the competition's inaugural season, Brentford are the 28th team to earn promotion and take part for the first time, and they can become only the seventh of those to win their opening match.

Clubs who won on their PL debut

The last team to achieve that feat were Huddersfield Town, who went top of the table with a 3-0 victory at Crystal Palace at the start of 2017/18.

Before then, Blackpool made a real splash when they triumphed 4-0 at Wigan Athletic in 2010/11.

History suggests a winning start is a strong indicator that a debut club will ultimately stay up.

After all, of the six teams who won their opener, five retained their PL status.

Debut teams winning in MW1
Season Team Opp. Result Final pos.
1999/00 BRA MID (A) 1-0 17th
2003/04 POR AVL (H) 2-1 13th
2006/07 REA MID (H) 3-2 8th
2008/09 HUL FUL (H) 2-1 17th
2010/11 BLP WIG (A) 4-0 19th
2017/18 HUD CRY (A) 3-0 16th

However, success in that first match certainly isn't everything.

After all, Blackpool were relegated despite their impressive debut. And, while 18 of the 27 debut clubs have lost their opening match, half of those have stayed up regardless.

If Brentford can start their campaign in the best possible way with a home victory against the Gunners 2021/22 could be only the second season where the three promoted teams claim more than four points combined on the opening weekend.

The only time this has happened was in 1997/98 when Bolton Wanderers and Palace each won to return six points.

Remember, you can get all 380 fixtures released tomorrow sent directly to your mobile device by using the Premier League's digital calendar, which you can set up right now at

See: Everything you need to know about the 2021/22 fixtures

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