We head to the South Coast tomorrow in the second round of the Carabao Cup. The trip to Premier League side Southampton is our reward for beating Wycombe Wanderers in Round One. Find out more about tomorrow night's match officials below.
Referee: John Brooks
Assistant Referees: Akil Howson and Daniel Leach
Fourth Official: Jacob Miles
Tomorrow's game will be John Brooks' seventh in charge of The Bees, as the Leicestershire and Rutland FA official begins his third season in the Select Group Two of Sky Bet Championship referees.
Brooks is also on the Select Group of assistant referees for the Premier League and, in 2015, joined the FIFA International referees list as an assistant. He ran the line at Wembley for the 2014 Sky Bet Championship Play-Off final and took charge of an EFL game for the first time in August 2016.
His maiden second-tier game was in December 2017 with his second Championship assignment seeing us take three points in the north-east against Sunderland the following February. Since then he has taken charge of five further Bees games, all of them at Griffin Park. He was the man in the middle when we lost 2-1 to Middlesbrough in November 2018 and also for last April's 3-3 draw against Derby County. Last term's outings saw him officiate our 2-1 win over Cardiff City, January's 3-1 derby victory over Queens Park Rangers, and our dramatic 2-1 win over Charlton Athletic in July.
In total last season, Brooks took charge of 33 matches, showing 124 yellow cards and one red.
450 fouls - 4th in Premier League
53 yellow cards - 18th in Premier League
4 red cards - 2nd in Premier League
The only way to watch The Bees against Southampton this Wednesday is at carabaocup.live. Buy your Match Pass and watch the game as we take on Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side in the Carabao Cup