After ending a run of five home games in six with three points against Bristol City last night, Brentford now begin a sequence of four away games in five. Saman Ghoddos scored the winner as Brentford came from behind to beat Bristol City 3-2 last night. That was a fifth home league win in a row and sixth in seven in all competitions. But The Bees are on the road on Saturday, 6 February, when they head to Middlesbrough.
One of the recent home wins came over Middlesbrough in the Emirates FA Cup at the start of January and Ghoddos got the winner again that night. This will be the third meeting between the teams as they drew 0-0 in the Sky Bet Championship in a forgettable encounter in November. This will be the first where The Bees have to travel and they will be in action at 3pm on Saturday afternoon.
Brentford's win yesterday took them up to second in the Championship. Swansea City are a point behind with Reading four points back. Norwich City are leading the way and are four points ahead of The Bees having played a game more. Norwich have to travel to Swansea on Friday night so the top of the table will look different by the time The Bees kick-off.
Middlesbrough did not play this midweek and currently sit seventh in the table. They are two points behind AFC Bournemouth and one clear of both Blackburn Rovers, who have a game in hand, and Bristol City. They drew with Norwich last time out but suffered successive home defeats against Rotherham United and Blackburn before that.
Birmingham City also won at Middlesbrough earlier in January to make it three home losses in a row. Middlesbrough have not scored in any of those games and a 2-1 win at Nottingham Forest in mid-January are their only goals in their past five games. Middlesbrough did win seven of their first ten home matches and have only conceded nine goals in 13 league games on their own turf.
Saturday's match will, unfortunately, be behind closed doors. It will, however, be available live on iFollow Brentford. As per the 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 announcement here also confirms that a team's away matches can only be purchased on a game-by game basis. Fans that want to watch will need to sign up for iFollow and pay £10 to tune in (£7 for international fans). Buy your Match Pass and watch our longest away trip of the season from the comfort of your own home. Please note that commentary for this game will be provided by Radio Tees (BBC), who are covering the game for a local audience.