There are just over two weeks of the Sky Bet Championship season to go and the majority of teams will go in to the weekend with three games remaining. Brentford are one of a few with more than that and start their final four matches this Saturday. They will face AFC Bournemouth live on Sky Sports on Saturday, 24 April.
The game will pit two of the teams currently in the top five of the Championship against each other and two on consistent runs of form. For Brentford, this run has mainly been draws. A 1-1 draw with Cardiff City last night was the sixth in seven matches. The Bees are unbeaten in eight and have lost one in 11, but have drawn most of them.
The point last night leaves Brentford fourth in the table. The Bees are a point behind Swansea City, in third, with a game in hand. They are ten points behind Watford, who have also played a game more and now need three points from their last three games to secure promotion. They won away to already-promoted Norwich City last night to take a step closer to the Premier League.
Bournemouth's midweek game is tonight, Wednesday 21 April, away to Millwall. They have won six league games in a row and could still catch Watford if they win their last four and the Hertfordshire side slip up. Bournemouth are, however, likely to be in the Play-Offs as they are seven points ahead of Reading, in seventh, and three clear of sixth-placed Barnsley. Both Barnsley and Reading play this evening, away to Huddersfield Town and Luton Town respectively.
The game between Bournemouth and Brentford is the first of the weekend. Watford can clinch promotion if they beat Millwall at home on Saturday afternoon while Reading play Swansea in a game that could be vital to the Play-Off race on Sunday. Barnsley are at home to Rotherham United on Saturday.
Brentford came from behind to record a home victory against Bournemouth in December. The Bees fell behind but roared back to win. Henrik Dalsgaard headed in an equaliser and Tariqe Fosu came off the substitute’s bench to head home the winner inside the final 15 minutes.
Brentford also beat Bournemouth in the meeting before, recording a 3-1 win in 2015, just before the South Coast side won promotion to the top flight, where they stayed for six years. Bournemouth won three and lost just one of the eight meetings prior to that. Brentford's one win in that period was a 6-0 victory in an EFL Trophy game when Mike Grella scored four of the goals.
The match will, unfortunately, be behind closed doors. It will, however, be available live on Sky Sports. As it is a weekend away game chosen for live broadcast, this is the only way to watch the game. See more here.
Fans who do not have Sky Sports can access the game online via Now TV. Fans can pay for one-day access, which would also give them the ability to watch that day's other live sport. Alternatively there are longer passes available. See more here.