Brentford begin the final ten games of the 2020/21 Sky Bet Championship season with a home clash against Nottingham Forest. The game is also the last in a relentless schedule since November before a two-week break for international fixtures. It will be Forest's first visit to our new stadium and will be live on Sky Sports at 12.30pm on Saturday, 20 March.
Brentford will come in to the match on a run of three wins, and only one defeat, from their last five games. They have won one, lost one and drawn one of three straight away fixtures since back-to-back home wins over Sheffield Wednesday and Stoke City at the end of February. That could, however, have been even better for The Bees.
Brentford had a 2-0 lead at half time away to Derby County last night but were unable to get the win. The hosts scored just after half time and then late on to take a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw. Ivan Toney and Sergi Canós scored in the first half but that was not enough to give The Bees the win.
The point leaves The Bees fourth in the Sky Bet Championship table. They are two points behind Swansea City, who sit third and were beaten by AFC Bournemouth last night. Watford sit second, five points ahead of Brentford, having played a game more than both The Bees and Swansea. Norwich City still lead the table, 12 points ahead of Brentford, and can pull further clear tonight when they play Forest.
Brentford's game is the first of the 11 Championship games this weekend, with Bournemouth in Emirates FA Cup action so their game against Huddersfield Town has been shifted to April. Norwich, against Blackburn Rovers, and Watford, against Birmingham City, play at 3pm while Swansea have a South Wales derby against Cardiff City in the evening. Reading and Barnsley, who are fifth and sixth, have games tonight, against Birmingham and Wycombe Wanderers respectively, and then face Queens Park Rangers and Sheffield Wednesday, respectively, on Saturday afternoon.
Forest sit 17th in the table before their game this evening, nine points clear of Rotherham United, who are 22nd and inside the relegation zone. Rotherham do, however, have three games in hand, which will become four later. Forest drew with Reading last time out, on Saturday, one of two points they have collected in their last four games.
Forest have picked up two wins and two draw in their last eight games, which have been incredibly low scoring. In those eight encounters there have been just nine goals. No team has scored more than once in any of those games and both teams have scored just twice.
The Bees won the reverse game 3-1 at The City Ground. Henrik Dalsgaard opened the scoring before Josh Dasilva came off the substitute's bench to make it 2-0. Toney scored the third late one. Forest beat The Bees home and away last season when both were challenging towards the top of the table. But they picked up just three points in their last six games to slip from fourth to seventh and miss out on the Play-Offs.
The match will, unfortunately, be behind closed doors on Saturday lunchtime. It will, however, be available live on Sky Sports. As per Club communication, those that froze their Season Tickets will be able to watch on iFollow Brentford. See more here.
Fans who do not have Sky Sports can access the game online via Now TV. Fans can pay for one-day access, which would also give them the ability to watch that day's other live sport. Alternatively there are longer passes available. See more here.