After playing more than half of their Sky Bet Championship season in a relentless four month race, Brentford now have two weeks before they are next in action. When the Championship season resumed after the last international fixtures, in November, The Bees had played 11 games. Brentford have lost just four of the 26 played in the frenetic 119-day spell since, as well as taking part in four cup ties, but now have two weeks without a game while international fixtures take place. When the leagure resumes, early next month, The Bees will face a trip to Huddersfield Town.
Brentford ended their relentless run with a draw against Nottingham Forest on Saturday. An Ivan Toney penalty put The Bees in front but Forest made the most of their goal living a charmed life, with both post and crossbar hit and a series of last-ditch blocks made, to grab a point with a second half equaliser. It extended Brentford's run to one loss in a six-game spell that also included three wins.
The draw closed the gap on third-placed Swansea City, who lost to Cardiff City, to just a point, but Watford, in second, won to pull further clear. Brentford are now seven points behind Watford, albeit with a game in hand. Watford were the only team in the top seven to win as leaders Norwich City, who 15 points ahead of Brentford having played a game more, drew, while Barnsley, in fifth, lost and Reading, in sixth, drew. AFC Bournemouth, who are seventh and nine points behind Brentford, were in Emirates FA Cup action.
Huddersfield were also without a game this weekend as they were due to play Bournemouth so will come in to the match on Saturday 3 April having not played for 17 days. They drew with Sheffield Wednesday last time out and are unbeaten in four, having drawn three of them. They are 18th in the table, seven points ahead of Rotherham United, who are 22nd and occupy the final relegation place, having played three games more.
The Bees beat Huddersfield 3-0 in West London at the start of the season. Josh Dasilva opened the scoring just after half time before goals from Bryan Mbeumo and Marcus Forss sealed the win. That was Brentford's first win over the Yorkshire side since 2016. Huddersfield won at Griffin Park last season before a 0-0 draw in the reverse fixture and beat The Bees home and away in 2016/17 on their way to winning promotion to the Premier League, where they stayed for two years.
The game will be played at 12.30pm on 3 April and will be live on Sky Sports. The other 11 Championship fixtures are taking place the day before, Good Friday. Two of the top six go head-to-head as Barnsley host Reading while Watford are at home to Sheffield Wednesday. Swansea travel to Birmingham and Norwich, who need only four more points to guarantee a place in the top six, visit Preston North End.
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.
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