Brentford will put their Premier League campaign on hold for a few days and resume their run in the Carabao Cup. The Bees sit 12th in the top flight after consecutive, unfortunate, home defeats. Next up is a trip to Stoke City in the Fourth Round of the Carabao Cup.
The Bees will travel to the Midlands for the match in the last 16 of the competition on Wednesday, 27 October, at 7.45pm. They will face a Stoke City side that are ninth in the Sky Bet Championship. Defeat to Millwall on Saturday was the third loss in a row in seven days for The Potters and saw them slip down the table.
Stoke are, however, very much in the race for promotion after 14 games. They are one of seven teams on 21 points and only goal difference separates them from Luton Town, in fifth. They have a fine home record, having won five of seven games and lost only once on their own ground this term. They are, however, eight points behind Fulham, who are second, and 13 points adrift of leaders AFC Bournemouth.
The last match between the teams took place in February. Brentford came from a goal down at half time to win 2-1 with Vitaly Janelt and Ivan Toney on the score sheet. The teams spent three seasons together in the Championship with Brentford winning two of the six meetings, Stoke winning two and two finishing level. The last cup meeting was in January 2020 when Brentford won 1-0 in an FA Cup tie thanks to an Emiliano Marcondes goal.
This will be Brentford's fourth-ever EFL Cup Fourth Round tie. The Bees lost the first two but beat Fulham at this stage last year in a run that took them to the Semi-Finals. They eventually lost to Tottenham Hotspur at that stage.
Tottenham also ended Stoke's run in the competition last season, beating them at the Fifth Round stage. The Potters have a decent recent record in this competition, having reached the Semi-Finals once and the last eight twice in the last eight seasons. They also reached the final twice in the early years of the tournament, winning it once. Stoke won at Watford to reach this stage, having beaten Fleetwood and Doncaster Rovers in the first two rounds.
Brentford recorded their biggest ever EFL Cup win as they knocked Oldham Athletic out in the Third Round. Marcus Forss scored four as The Bees won 7-0. Brentford beat Forest Green Rovers in the Second Round, having entered at that stage.
Tickets are available until 5pm today, Monday 25 October. Full ticketing details can be seen here. Brentford fans that cannot attend can listen live on Bees Player. Full information on the service can be seen here.