The Sky Bet Championship will come to a close on Wednesday night and Brentford still have all to play for. Brentford's eight-match winning run came to an end yesterday as they lost to Stoke City in The Potteries. A single goal settled the match in favour of Stoke and left The Bees with nothing to show for their efforts. It did not, however, end their chances of automatic promotion and all will be on the line when they play their final game - against Barnsley on Wednesday.
The game, which will kick-off at 7.30pm on Wednesday, will be a vital one at both ends of the table. Brentford can be promoted automatically if they get the right result while Barnsley are battling to avoid relegation. The Bees need to make up one point on West Bromwich Albion, who host Queens Park Rangers, on Wednesday night but know a draw may not be enough even if The Baggies lose as Fulham are only one point behind. Barnsley are currently five points adrift of safety but face Nottingham Forest in their final home game today and two wins may keep them up.
Defeat yesterdsay means the current Brentford team could only match the record winning run of eight achieved by The Bees in a single Football League season. That was achieved in 2013/14 and there was a FA Cup defeat in the middle of that run. Brentford have never won nine competitive matches in a row in a single season in the Football League era but did win nine in a row in 1932 over two campaigns.
The match will be behind closed doors, but will be live on Sky Sports. Season Ticket Holders will have received an email from the Club with a code to redeem to watch games on iFollow. Full details about that email and what to do if you have not received it can be seen here. It not be available to buy as a single match.
The Bees will be looking to complete a Sky Bet Championship double over Barnsley in the second clash in front of the Sky cameras. Ollie Watkins headed a hat-trick at Oakwell as Brentford came from behind to win 3-1 in Yorkshire on a wet Sunday lunchtime in September. That was Brentford's only win against Barnsley in the past decade. The Tykes have won one and drawn one at Griffin Park in their last two visits over the past three Championship seasons.