Brentford B will take on a Bordeaux XI this afternoon at FC Marmande in a 12.30pm kick-off (11.30am GMT.)
The young Bees, fresh from their 2-0 win over Beijing Renhe last week, travel to France looking to build on a good start to 2020 before they set their sights on fixtures in Portugal in the coming days.
They will take on a Bordeaux side which is expected to feature some members of Paulo Sousa’s first team set up as well as some players from their reserve side.
The Bordeaux first team compete in France’s top Division, Ligue 1, and currently occupy 13th place and sit on 26 points having played 20 matches so far this season.
The side recently fell to a home defeat to Lyon which followed a 2-0 win over Le Mans back on 3 January.
The Bordeaux Reserve side currently compete in National 3 League where they occupy ninth place and are unbeaten in their last five matches, picking up wins over Niort and Bressuire.
The match between the two sides will play at FC Marmande’s Stade Michelon, which is around one hour’s drive from Bordeaux in the town of Marmande.
Having had a period to work hard in training since Brentford B returned from their short Christmas break, Neil MacFarlane believes the sessions will serve them well and expects nothing less than a tough test when they come up against the French side.
He explained: “I think they’re (Bordeaux) planning on having a mix of players who have not been involved with their first team and then a few of their boys from their under-23s. It will be another tough game, a level up from today (v Beijing), and we’ll have to raise our levels especially more than they were in the second half.
“The block of training has been fantastic for us. November and December we were so busy in terms of games that we probably didn’t have a sustained period like that, but we’ve now had it and I think you can see in the first half that the work that we’ve been doing in the last nine days or so, and long may that continue. A really good block on the training ground, we’re back into the games now and it’s about making sure that everyone is prepared.”
A livestream of the match will not be available against Bordeaux, but the club will be covering the fixture across its social media channels with highlights of the fixture will be available within the coming days.