Brentford enter the final three weeks of the season in the top four of the Sky Bet Championship and with one defeat in ten and have Cardiff City next up. The Bees drew 0-0 with Millwall yesterday, their fifth draw in six, on a sunny but chilly West London afternoon. They are at home again on Tuesday, 20 April, when Cardiff City are the visitors for a game in front of the Sky TV cameras.
None of the top four in the Championship won yesterday. Swansea City, who are third, came from 2-0 down to draw with Wycombe Wanderers while the top two, Norwich City and Watford, both lost. For Norwich it did not matter as Brentford and Swansea failing to win was enough to send them up.
They were promoted before losing 3-1 to AFC Bournemouth, who are now fifth in the table and level on points with Brentford, albeit they have played a game more. Watford are second, eight points ahead of The Bees, despite losing to Luton Town. They have also played one game more than Brentford and have to play the other three teams in the top four in their last four matches, as well as Millwall.
Swansea are two points ahead of Brentford and six behind Watford. They face Watford on the last day of the season and have played a game more than Brentford. Bournemouth are now also chasing the teams leading the way and have won six Championship games in a row. But they are still eight points behind Watford.
While Brentford are playing Cardiff on Tuesday, Norwich host Watford and know that a win would guarantee the Championship title. Both games will kick-off at 6pm on Tuesday night. Swansea host QPR on the same night while Bournemouth travel to Millwall on Wednesday.
Only two other teams can realistically make the top six. Reading drew with Cardiff on Friday night and are seventh in the table, four points behind sixth-placed Barnsley. Barnsley face Coventry City today and can move level on points with Brentford and concertina the teams in third to sixth to within two points. Barnsley then travel to Huddersfield Town on Wednesday while Reading travel to Luton.
Brentford will be looking to complete a double over Cardiff City on Tuesday night. Sergi Canós scored a second half hat-trick as Brentford came from behind to take three points on Boxing Day. Cardiff took the lead in the dying seconds of the first half as Will Vaulks scored from inside his own half, but Brentford roared back. Canós tormented the hosts in the second half and scored three times in 23 minutes to give The Bees a lead they never relinquished.
Cardiff are eighth in the table currently after the draw with Reading. If Barnsley win today then their Play-Offs hopes will be over. They have won one of their last eight Championship games and drawn four of them. That win was at Swansea last month and they have won nine of 21 on the road this season. Brentford took four points from Cardiff last season, winning in West London and drawing in South Wales, but lost the last three meetings between the teams prior to last term.
The match will, unfortunately, be played behind closed doors but will be live on Sky Sports. This is a co-exclusive game so fans can also tune in on iFollow Brentford to watch. Season Ticket Holders that agreed to freeze their seats for the current campaign in to 2021/22 now have iFollow VIP access. They can watch the game when they log in to their iFollow account. See more here.
If you are not in that category, you can buy an iFollow match pass. 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 Cardiff.