Brentford face a second trip to the North West in four days as they resume their Premier League campaign. The Bees were beaten by Everton on Merseyside in an Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round tie yesterday. Next up is an away game against Manchester City, which will kick-off at 7.45pm on Wednesday, 9 February.
The game will be Brentford's first in the Premier League since 22 January. The league was halted for a winter break that also saw some international fixtures played. One match - which saw Burnley and Watford draw 0-0 - was played this weekend but no other sides have featured in league action for more than two weeks.
Brentford currently sit 14th in the Premier League table. They have played more games than anyone else in the bottom half and are one of six sides separated by just four points just below the halfway point in the table. There are just 15 games left for The Bees in the final three-and-a-half months of the season.
The task on Wednesday night could not be tougher. Manchester City won the Premier League last season and top the table this time around. They are nine points ahead of Liverpool, albeit they have played a game more.
A draw against Southampton last month ended a run of 12 straight Premier League wins, including a 1-0 victory over Brentford in West London. City have lost two and drawn three this season, winning the other 18 games. They have won nine of 11 at home and are also in to the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League and FA Cup.
Phil Foden scored in the only goal as City won at our new stadium in late December. That was a rare meeting between the teams, one of only 14 ever. It was also only the ninth league match between the sides.
Prior to the December match, Manchester City won an FA Cup Third Round tie in January 1997, and also triumphed over two legs in a League Cup contest in 1989. Brentford won the Griffin Park leg of that tie and also beat City in an FA Cup Fourth Round match earlier in 1989, on their way to a last eight meeting with Liverpool. Of the nine league games between the teams, seven have come in the top flight. Brentford won three and lost five of the nine.
Season Ticket/Premium Seat Holders are still able to buy up to six tickets for the match, from the Box Office only. Tickets for this fixture will be available until Wednesday at 11am. Full ticket information can be seen here.
The match will be live on BT Sport 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.