Brentford ended 2020 with a home win and will be looking to start 2021 in the same fashion. The past 12 months has been the most unusual that anyone can remember but The Bees have ended it well. Tariqe Fosu scored the winner yesterday as Brentford came from behind to beat AFC Bournemouth. The victory leaves The Bees second in the Sky Bet Championship table at the end of the year.
Next on the agenda for Brentford is a home game against Bristol City on Saturday, 2 January. This will also mark the halfway point of the season for The Bees - and most of the division. Brentford are three points behind league leaders Norwich City and a point ahead of Swansea City, who are third. Bournemouth and Watford, in fourth and fifth, have a game in hand on the top three.
City travel to West London with an extra 24 hours to prepare for the match but they did lose to Luton Town on Tuesday night. That was a fourth defeat in five for The Robins with a Boxing Day win over Wycombe Wanderers being their last win. They have lost three in a row away from home since a win over Queens Park Rangers on their last visit to the area. This will be the second year in a row these teams have started the year in opposition after Brentford won 4-0 in Bristol on New Year's Day 2020.
Bristol City currently sit tenth in the table, having earned 33 points from their 22 games. They are eight points behind The Bees but only four adrift of Reading, who sit in sixth. A run of five defeats in seven and just three wins in their last ten has seen them slip down the table. They have, however, won five of 11 games away from home this season but have drawn only three games all term to give them a high number of defeats.
The match will, unfortunately, be behind closed doors. It will, however, be available live on iFollow Brentford. As per EFL communication on the broadcast arrangements for the new season, all of a team's games not selected for live coverage by Sky Sports will only be available on that platform. See more here.
The game is, however, live to an international audience. It has been selected by the EFL for broadcast in overseas areas. if you live outside the UK the match may be available on the TV channel in your area that covers the EFL. This does mean it will not be avialable on iFollow for many international fans.
Season Ticket Holders that agreed to freeze their seats for the current campaign in to 2021/22 now have iFollow VIP access. This has been extended until the end of January. They can watch the game on Saturday when they log in to their iFollow account. See more here.
If you are not in that category, you can watch The Bees against Bristol City on iFollow. It is the only place to see the action in full and will come with a Brentford-biased commentary from inside the stadium. Buy your Match Pass and watch the game as we take on The Robins.