After eight cup games in two competitions over the course of five months, Brentford know they only have the rest of their Sky Bet Championship season on the agenda in 2020/21 and begin the second half of the league campaign on Wednesday night. The Bees exited the Emirates FA Cup yesterday as they were beaten by Leicester City. Now they continue their Championship programme with a trip to Swansea City on Wednesday, 27 January.
The game was originally due to be played on Saturday, 23 January, but was shifted with both teams in cup action. While Brentford were losing to Leicester and ending their cup interest for the season 19 days after their exit from the Carabao Cup at the Semi-Final stage, Swansea were making their way in to the last 16 with a win over Nottingham Forest. They will now face Manchester City next month in the Fifth Round.
The game will be the sixth game between the sides in around 15 months. Brentford beat the Welsh outfit home and away in the league last season and came out on top in a Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Semi-Final in July. The Bees lost away from home but won 3-1 in the final competitive First Team game at Griffin Park to progress to the Play-Off Final.
The teams drew 1-1 with they met in November. Ivan Toney put The Bees in front and while they had to withstand pressure, they held the lead in the final stages of the game. But André Ayew tapped in from close range to level it up inside the final 15 minutes and earn his team a point.
Both teams are currently in the top four in the Championship. Swansea sit second, seven points behind leaders Norwich City with a game in hand. They are two places and two points ahead of Brentford but have played a game more. Swansea missed the opportunity to stretch that gap as their game away at Blackburn Rovers last Wednesday was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
Swansea come in to the game on a seven-match unbeaten run in all competitions. They have won six of those, two of them in the FA Cup. They last lost in mid-December and have not been beaten at home since a mid-October loss to Huddersfield Town. Swansea have only conceded 13 goals all season, the best defensive record in the division. They have won seven of 12 at home this term in the league.
The match, which will kick off at 7pm, 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.
As this game was shifted from Saturday it counts as a weekend fixture and will not be on the Sky Sports Red Button or available as part of a Season Ticket streaming package. 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 the game as we take on The Swans.