After back-to-back trips to the North West, Brentford are back on their own turf on Saturday. The Bees have travelled to Everton and Manchester City in the past five days, losing both matches. Next up, Brentford welcome Crystal Palace to West London on Saturday, 12 February, in a match that will kick-off at 3pm.
Brentford were beaten 2-0 by City last night, conceding a goal in each half. That defeat came on the back of a loss to Everton in the Emirates FA Cup. Brentford now have 14 Premier League matches remaining, all currently scheduled for Saturday afternoons, between now and the end of the campaign.
Even in defeat, Brentford's position in the table was unchanged, as it has been for most of the past month. The Bees remain 14th in the table. They are in a group six teams separated by just five points who sit at the top of the bottom half of the table.
Palace are also in the group. They are one place and two points above The Bees after drawing 1-1 with Norwich City last night. That was a second consecutive 1-1 draw away from home. Palace have won one in their last seven games, at home to Norwich.
Palace have won once away from home all season, remarkably, against Manchester City. They did win away from home in the FA Cup at Millwall and have reached the Fifth Round. They face Stoke City in March for a place in the last eight.
The teams drew 0-0 in the first game in South London in August. That was a rare meeting between the teams and this is a fixture that has not been played often in the last 60 years. The teams met regularly in the third tier in the 1920s and 30s and then in the 1950s and 60s but the last league meeting before this season was in 1964, which Palace won at Selhurst Park.
The teams did meet in the EFL Cup in 1977. Brentford won the first game of a two-legged tie at Griffin Park but were beaten 5-1 in the reverse game. There has not been a competitive meeting in West London since.
A limited number of tickets for the game may be available on the ticket exchange to My Bees Members who have not yet purchased a ticket. A few returned tickets will go on sale today, Thursday 10 February, at 3pm. Tickets are available to all My Bees Members on a first-come, first-served and subject to availability. See full ticket information here.
The match will not be live on UK TV but Brentford fans can 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.