Premier League

Brentford vs Crystal Palace: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction

Craig Vickers
Expect a hotly contested game this weekend
Expect a hotly contested game this weekend / Craig Mercer/MB Media/GettyImages

Brentford entertain Crystal Palace as the Bees look to haul themselves clear of relegation uncertainty in the Premier League.

Defeat to league leaders Man City in midweek made it five successive league defeats for Thomas Frank's side, who sit six points above the relegation zone despite having played more games than their closest competitors.

Crystal Palace, meanwhile, were indebted to a Wilfried Zaha wondergoal to salvage a point away to Norwich last time out. The Eagles lie just two points above Brentford with a game in hand.

Here's everything you need to know about the clash.

How to watch Brentford vs Crystal Palace on TV/live stream

When is kick off? Saturday 12 February, 15:00 (GMT)
Where is it being played? Brentford Community Stadium
What TV channel is it on? Sky Sports Soccer Saturday, BBC Final Score (UK), fuboTV (US)
Highlights? Sky Sports Football YouTube channel (17:15), BBC Match of the Day (22:30)
Referee? Simon Hooper
VAR? John Brooks

Brentford team news

Ivan Toney
Toney in action / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/GettyImages

Ivan Toney has been ruled out for a few weeks after sustaining a calf injury, meaning Frank will be forced into a reshuffle at the top end of the pitch.

In more positive news, however, Bryan Mbeumo and Yoane Wissa returned to the Bees squad in their midweek defeat to Man City after contracting Covid-19.

Christian Eriksen is unlikely to be involved for the Bees after arriving as a free agent last month, while Mathias Jorgensen and Tariqe Fosu will be unavailable. Vitaly Janelt could also miss out with an abdominal strain.

You can read Brentford's predicted lineup for the game here.

Crystal Palace team news

James McArthur
McArthur has not featured this year / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages

Cheikhou Kouyate will return to Crystal Palace this week training as an Africa Cup of Nations winner and the midfielder could be involved this weekend.

James McArthur returned from a three-month injury lay-off in the midweek draw with Norwich, while defender James Tomkins has also gotten over his injury problems ahead of the trip across London.

You can read Crystal Palace's predicted lineup for the game here.

Brentford vs Crystal Palace head-to-head record

Joachim Andersen, Christian Norgaard
Andersen in action against Brentford / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages

The previous - and only - Premier League meeting between these sides produced a stalemate at Selhurst Park in August.

Palace have endured a mixed record in their trips across London this season. Vieira's men were impressive in their 2-2 draws away to both Arsenal and West Ham this season, but they were humbled by Tottenham in a 3-0 defeat on Boxing Day.

Brentford vs Crystal Palace score prediction

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Vieira applauds the Crystal Palace fans / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages

Thomas Frank's side are in free-fall, with their midweek defeat at the Etihad Stadium extending their losing run in the Premier League to five games and leaving the Bees glancing over their shoulder in the lower reaches of the table.

Palace will hope to take advantage of a vulnerable Brentford outfit, with the impressive Conor Gallagher likely to provide the X-factor for Vieira's men.

However, keep an eye out for Brentford seeking to exploit Palace's weakness from set pieces. Frank's side have mastered the art of set pieces this season and it could provide the hosts with a devastating advantage.

Prediction: Brentford 1-1 Crystal Palace