Thomas Frank reckons Brighton & Hove Albion will be a tough test for his Brentford side ahead of their return to Premier League action this weekend.

The Bees have made a solid start to life in the top flight, winning their season opener against Arsenal 2-0 before back to back draws with Crystal Palace and Aston Villa.

Similarily, Brighton have also made a strong start to their Premier League campaign, winning their opening two games against Burnley and Watford before succumbing to Everton prior to the international break.

And speaking ahead of his side’s clash against the Seagulls, the Brentford boss was effuse in his praise of Brighton's style of play and the threat they pose.

“Brighton are a club who have done very well; this is their fifth season in the Premier League,” said Frank.

“Graham Potter and his coaching staff have done fantastically well – they were unlucky last year not to finish higher in the league and I think it is going to be our toughest opponent so far.

“They deserve a lot of praise for how they approach games. They want to dominate and want to play. I really like that style of play.

“It will be a fantastic battle on Saturday; both teams would like to dominate as much as possible. We will see who will come out on top.”

In the season curtain raiser, Brentford managed to defeat Arsenal 2-0 in front of a raucous and vibrant support.

But since their mid-August victory, TW8 has yet to see Premier League action on its doorstep.

And Frank is excited by the prospect of top flight action returning to the Brentford Community Stadium.

“We are massively looking forward to playing at home in front of our fans,” he said.

“All the fans that travelled away to Selhurst Park and Villa Park were amazing but we are really looking forward to continuing our good performances and making our new stadium a fortress. 

“It was a good start against Arsenal and hopefully we can continue.”

With the new season still in its infancy, picking up points early will stand the Bees in good stead for what promises to be an exciting campaign full of twists and turns.

Brentford have made a solid start to Premier League life but Frank admits they want to taste more success.

“We have done well and we are pleased but we want more,” added Frank.

“We have the smallest budget and the least Premier League experience in the squad.

“We think we can compete; we need to continue doing that.”