Brentford vs Birmingham City preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch 
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Brentford head into this midweek fixture off the back of a frustrating 1-1 draw on Saturday against relegation threatened Huddersfield Town, with a second half Mads Bech Sørensen strike enough to rescue a point for the Bees, keeping Thomas Frank's side amongst the promotion picture. 

Birmingham City recorded a second successive home win, beating Brentford's promotion rivals Swansea City 1-0 through a last minute Scott Hogan penalty, sending the Blues six points clear of the relegation zone. 

  • Team news

Brentford may see Henrik Dalsgaard return from injury in time for Tuesday's game, but Shandon BaptisteJosh Dasilva and Rico Henry are all out.

Question marks arise over the fitness of Iván Sánchez, but the Spaniard has recently returned to training after a hernia operation. Jonathan Leko's recent impressive performances will mean the winger should keep his place in the starting eleven over Sánchez.

  • Predicted lineups

Brentford

Raya; Rasmussen, Reid, Jansson, Sorensen; Norgaard, Jensen, Janelt; Mbuemo, Toney, Canos.

Birmingham City

Etheridge; Colin, Roberts, Dean, Seddon; Leko, Gardner, Harper, Halilovic; Jutkiewicz, Hogan.

  • Ones to watch

Brentford: Ivan Toney

Having scored 28 goals this season, it's hard to ignore Toney and his formidable goalscoring talent. Toney has impressed consistently in front of goal this season, posing a threat to any team he comes up against, with the striker also contributing nine assists this season. Birmingham will have to keep a keen eye on the striker on Tuesday in order to salvage anything from the game.

Birmingham City: Alen Halilović

The former Barcelona youngster has shown moments of brilliance in a Birmingham shirt this season, dazzling defenders with his tricky footwork since signing on a free transfer in November. The Croatian hasn't had a sustained spell in the starting 11 this season, struggling with injuries, but the midfielder will look to leave his mark on Tuesday with new Blues head coach Lee Bowyer opting to start Halilović in every game since his arrival in March. 

  • Previous meetings

Since suffering a crushing 5-0 defeat in 2018, Birmingham haven't lost a league game against Tuesday's hosts, with the season's earlier encounter between the two sides ending in a 1-0 victory for Birmingham courtesy of a first-half header from Jérémie Bela

  • How to watch

The game will be available to watch at 19:00 BST on Tuesday on each teams’ iFollow accounts for £10 respectively. 

  • Manager quotes

In the build-up to Tuesday's game, Brentford head coach Thomas Frank said:

“It felt disappointing to not get three points on Saturday, but you have to handle those frustrations and move on again.

''We have also conceded too many odd goals this season, compared to last, not the perfect ones where you hold your hands up and say fair play.''

Birmingham City head coach, Lee Bowyer said:

''We have got to pick up as many points as quick as we can. Brentford are a side pushing for automatic promotion, they are a good team. But we need to concentrate on what we do. We have a different fight to them, we will go there and give it our all."

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