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Bees in FA Cup action next week

29 January 2022

When Brentford return to action after the winter break, it will be Emirates FA Cup action on the agenda. The Bees have not played since last Saturday, 22 January, when they faced Wolverhampton Wanderers. Their next fixture is an FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Everton, which will be played at Goodison Park next Saturday, 5 February, and will kick-off at 3pm.

The Bees reached this stage with a 4-1 win over Port Vale in the Third Round at the start of the month. Bryan Mbeumo came off the substitute’s bench to grab a hat-trick after Marcus Forss had opened the scoring. Everton booked their spot as they came from behind to win 3-2 away to Hull City.

This will be Brentford’s first visit to Goodison Park since 1954. That was a Football League Division Two match won 6-1 by the hosts. Everton were promoted that season and Brentford were relegated. The teams have not been in the same division since this current campaign.

It will be the second meeting between the sides this term. Brentford won the first in West London 1-0 thanks to an Ivan Toney penalty. The return game will be played at Goodison Park in May.

The teams are currently within a couple of places of each other in the Premier League table. The Bees are 14th with 23 points from 23 games. Everton are two places lower with four points fewer. They have, however, played three games fewer.

Both teams will be looking to get back to winning ways. Brentford lost to Wolves last time out and are without a win since the victory at Port Vale in the Third Round. But Everton are in even worse form. A 2-1 win over Arsenal at the start of December is their only league victory in 14 matches. They have earned six points in those 14 games, which included defeat at Brentford.

Everton are one of the mainstays in the top flight and have been ever-present since the Premier League started in 1992. They were promoted from the Second Division in 1953/54 and have been in the top tier ever since. In those 68 seasons the Liverpool side have won four Division One titles, the FA Cup three times and the European Cup Winners' Cup.

Given this is Brentford's first top flight season in 74 years, the teams have not met in the league since the game in 1954. The sides spent eight seasons in the same division in the 1930s, 40s and 50s with both teams winning seven games, two were drawn. There was an EFL Cup meeting in 2010 that Brentford won on penalties after a 1-1 draw under the Griffin Park floodlights. That was the only match between the sides in 67 years before The Bees won in November and the teams have never met in the FA Cup.

Tickets are still available for this match. There is also subsidised coach travel. See full ticket and travel information here.

The match is not live on TV in the UK. Brentford fans can listen live on Bees Player. Full information on the service can be seen here.

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