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Monday Night Football for Brentford next week

26 April 2022

Brentford are now in to the final month of their first Premier League season, looking to continue a fine run of form. The Bees have lost just once in seven matches and have won five of them. They take that run to Old Trafford next and face Manchester United at the start of next week.

The match will take place at 8pm on Monday, 2 May, and is set to be a landmark one for Brentford. It will be the first time The Bees have played on Sky Sports' flagship Monday Night Football. It is also likely to be the highest crowd any Brentford side has played a competitive match in front of.

Brentford will head to Manchester on the back of a 0-0 draw with Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, 23 April. That completed an unbeaten month for The Bees, who had previously beaten Chelsea, West Ham United and Watford in consecutive weeks. Only Leicester City have beaten Brentford since the end of February.

Brentford ended that game 11th in the table but now sit 12th. Brighton and Hove Albion, with a draw against Southampton, climbed above The Bees on Sunday. Brentford are in a group of five teams separated by just three points but play after everyone around them next weekend.

Manchester United were beaten 3-1 by Arsenal on Saturday and sit sixth in the Premier League table. They face Chelsea on Thursday, 28 April, but will remain in sixth no matter the result of that game. The loss at Arsenal's was Manchester United's fourth in a row away but they have not been beaten at home in the Premier League since 3 January.

Manchester United beat Norwich City in their last home match. They have won three and drawn three of their last six at Old Trafford. Brentford's visit does, because the Chelsea match has been shifted from later in May, their last home game of the campaign.

Brentford were beaten 3-1 in the reverse fixture in West London in January. The Bees had the better of the first half but could not score and conceded three times in quick succession after the break. Ivan Toney scored for The Bees.

The teams also met in an entertaining pre-season friendly in July. The game finished 2-2 with The Bees coming from behind twice thanks to goals from Shandon Baptiste and Bryan Mbeumo. Before January, the sides had not met in a competitive game since United won a League Cup tie in 1975.

The last league matches between the teams before this season were in Division One in 1946/47. United won at Old Trafford and drew at Griffin Park and have been victorious in five of the last six games between the teams. Brentford did win five of the six matches between the sides before that.

All tickets for the match have been sold but it will be live on Sky Sports in the UK and Brentford fans can also listen live on Bees Player. Full information on the service can be seen here. Bees fans living overseas should check this page to see if they can watch the game live.


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