Brentford v Aston Villa live stream, Sunday 2 January, 2pm GMT
Brentford and Aston Villa will both be looking to bounce back from recent defeats when they go head-to-head on Sunday.
The Bees have not had a happy festive period so far. They went down 2-0 to Brighton on Boxing Day, before suffering a 1-0 defeat by Manchester City in midweek. The scoreline against the champions suggests it was a close game, but City successfully held Brentford at arm’s length for the majority of the 90 minutes. Had they needed to move up another gear, City could have done so.
Of course, there is no shame in losing to Pep Guardiola’s team – plenty others have done that this season. But Brentford have triumphed in just two of their last 11 outings, and they could drop to within six points of the bottom three if results go against them this weekend.
Aston Villa were beaten 3-1 by Chelsea on Boxing Day, before having their meeting with Leeds on Tuesday postponed. Steven Gerrard was absent from the touchline last time out and will hope to return here, as his side seeks a fifth win in his eighth match in charge.
Villa went into the weekend in 12th place, but European qualification feels like a realistic objective again. If Gerrard’s men can continue to beat the teams around them in the table, a top-seven finish should not be beyond them.
Brentford will have to make do without Kristoffer Ajer, Bryan Mbeumo, David Raya, Mathias Jorgensen, Charlie Goode, Vitaly Janelt, Julian Jeanvier and Joshua Dasilva. Christian Norgaard is available again following suspension and is likely to go back into the starting line-up.
Aston Villa will be unable to call upon the services of Marvelous Nakamba and Leon Bailey, while Ashley Young is a doubt. Tyrone Mings will serve a one-match ban after accumulating five yellow cards.
Kick-off is at 2pm GMT on Sunday 2 January, and UK viewers can watch live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. See below for international broadcast options.
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Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).
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