After the postponement of the game against Manchester United, Brentford do not have to wait long for their next fixture. The Bees missed out on Premier League action in midweek but will be back on the pitch on Saturday, 18 December. Next up is a trip to Southampton for a Premier League game that will kick-off at 3pm.
Brentford were due to host Manchester United last night, Tuesday 14 December, but the match was postponed by the Premier League Board. That match will be rearranged for later in the season and it left The Bees as one of only two clubs without a midweek fixture. With Aston Villa winning last night, The Bees are now 11th in the Premier League table and they could be overtaken by Brighton and Hove Albion, Crystal Palace and Everton in the coming days.
Southampton are in action this evening, Wednesday 15 December, when they travel to Palace. They climbed to 15th in the table last night without playing. With Leeds United losing 7-0 to Manchester City, Southampton moved up a place on goal difference.
Southampton are currently five points ahead of Burnley, who are 18th, having played a game more. They were beaten 3-0 by Arsenal on Saturday. That was their third straight away defeat, all of which have come in their last five. They have played twice at home in that time, drawing with Brighton and Leicester City.
Prior to that five game streak without a win, Southampton had won three of four, drawing the other. They have only lost one of eight games at home, to Wolverhampton Wanderers, but have drawn five of them. Their only three wins this season came in that four game run in October and November between two breaks for international fixtures.
Brentford's last visit to Southampton was just over a year ago. The Bees won 2-0 in a Carabao Cup Second Round tie with Josh Dasilva and Christian Nørgaard on the score sheet. Brentford eventually reached the Semi-Final.
That was Brentford's fourth trip to Southampton in the past 15 years and they have not lost any of them. The Bees took four points from two League One fixtures in 2009 and 2010 and drew an FA Cup Fifth Round tie in 2005. Southampton won two and drew one of the three games at Griffin Park in that time and won both legs of a League Cup tie in 1997. This will be the first top flight meeting between the teams.
Tickets for the match are sold out and it will not be live on UK TV but Brentford fans can listen live on Bees Player. Full information on the service can be seen here. Bees fans living overseas should check this page to see if they can watch the game live.