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What's new in 2021/22: Brentford to make debut

13 Aug 2021

Promoted Bees become the 50th club to play in the Premier League's 29-year history

We look at new things for fans to keep an eye out for in the 2021/22 Premier League as we get closer to the start of the season.

Brentford's Premier League bow

When Brentford kick off the 2021/22 season at home to Arsenal on 13 August, they will become the 50th club to play in the Premier League.

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Thomas Frank's team are the first to make their debut in the competition since Brighton & Hove Albion and Huddersfield Town did so in 2017/18. 

In the past decade, the only other new teams have been Cardiff City (2013/14) and AFC Bournemouth (2015/16). 

Ending 74-year wait

The home meeting with Arsenal will not be the Bees' first in the top flight of English football.

They were first promoted to what was then the First Division in 1935, where they played until 1947.

So they will be ending a 74-year wait to feature at the top level of the game. 

Based in west London, Brentford will also become the 10th team from the country's capital city to play in the Premier League.

Also in this series

Part 1: VAR implementations
Part 2: Handball law
Part 4: Brentford add 60th stadium
Part 5: Match officials
Part 6: Nike Flight ball
Part 7: FPL League Cup
Part 8: Zambia can join scoring nations
Part 9: Managers
Part 10: Match Insights—Powered by Oracle Cloud

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