Though not many’s favorite or first guess, Brentford currently sits at the top of the Premier League after extending their impressive unbeaten and winning streak with a victory over Fulham on Monday.
The Bees went ahead after just five minutes and held on to register a 3-2 victory at the Community Stadium that takes them to within one point of their west London neighbors, who are riding high in seventh place.
Brentford now has the longest active streak of any club in the top chart after 12 games in the Premier League. They were last defeated in October 23, 2022.
Brentfords winning streak cannot be a stroke of luck from the match fixtures as they have equally faced good opponents like Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, and even league leaders Arsenal during their past 10 outings and took a total of eight points from those four opponents.
In these matches, Brentford won six and drawn six of their past dozen games, scoring 22 goals, conceding 11, and winning 23 points in the process.
However, the Premier league high this season still goes to Newcastle, who had 17 games without a loss between September and February, but that streak ended with a 2-0 defeat from Liverpool at St James’ Park last month.
Indeed, of the so-called “big six,” only table-topping Arsenal can claim to have beaten the Bees’ current streak after the Gunners went 13 games unbeaten over several months — a sequence that began with a 3-0 away win over Brentford on Sept. 18 and ended with the shock 1-0 loss to struggling Everton on Feb. 4.
Defending champions Manchester City had nine games unbeaten from the beginning of the season, starting with a win over West Ham United on opening day (Aug. 7) and ending with a 1-0 defeat against Liverpool on Oct. 16. Pep Guardiola’s side also went through their final 12 league fixtures last season without losing.
Spurs went seven games without a defeat from the opening day until Sept. 7, while, despite their poor form this campaign, Chelsea did manage to go six games unbeaten between early September and late October. Meanwhile, Manchester United and Liverpool have both topped out at a maximum of five consecutive games without defeat so far this season.
Just to put Brentford’s streak into further context, Bundesliga title challengers Borussia Dortmund and Ligue 1 side Reims are the only other teams in Europe’s top five divisions to avoid a league loss in 2023.
As well as their commanding run of results, Brentford can also claim to have the Premier League’s most consistent penalty-taker among their ranks. Ivan Toney converted from the spot in the 3-2 win over Fulham to maintain his 100% record in the league, having now scored all 10 of his penalties since his team entered the top flight last season.
Only former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has a better penalty record when it comes to the Premier League, having scored all 11 of the spot kicks he took in the competition.
Toney scored all 22 penalties he took in all competitions since first signing for the Bees back in August 2020. The 26-year-old striker has also notched 27 Premier League goals in 55 games since his side won promotion to the top flight for the 2021-22 campaign.