Will Liverpool’s post-World Cup winning streak continue?
On Friday night, the Reds came from a goal down to beat Leicester 2-1 at Anfield, thanks to, a pair of comedy, possibly even farcical, own goals from Wout Faes.
This though means Jürgen Klopp’s team have now won four league games on the spin, also grinding out a victory at Villa Park on Boxing Day.
Liverpool are still down in sixth, but would leapfrog Tottenham, for 50 hours at least, with a win in West London.
Brentford though will be tough opposition; they’re currently just four places and five points worse off than their visitors.
The Bees were also victorious on Friday night, beating West Ham at the London Stadium, with Ivan Toney and Josh Dasvila the scorers.
Thomas Frank’s team are now unbeaten in five, only beaten by Aston Villa since 8 October.
At home, Brentford have lost just twice this season, these defeats coming against the side top of the Premier League (Arsenal) and bottom of the Football League (Gillingham), the latter on penalties in the Carabao Cup.
So, can the hosts spring a surprise at the Brentford Community Stadium?
Brentford team news
In stoppage time on Friday, Ivan Toney was stretchered off with a serious-looking knee injury.
However, according to Brentford’s own website, their talisman, who’s already scored 13 goals this season, is available for selection.
If Toney is not fit to start, Yoane Wissa, who scored the third equaliser when Liverpool visited 15 months ago, will partner Bryan Mbuemo in attack.
Elsewhere, Thomas Frank is set to continue with the 3-5-2 he’s deployed in both matches since the restart.
Vitaly Janelt opened the scoring against Tottenham, but Josh Dasilva’s goal on Friday night could see him keep his place.
With Aaron Hickey out injured, Mads Roerslev Rasmussen will continue at right-wing-back.
Predicted XI (3-5-2): Raya; Jørgensen, Pinnock, Mee; Roerslev, Jensen, Nørgaard, Dasilva, Henry; Mbuemo, Wissa.
Liverpool team news
Winger Cody Gakpo, who’s arrived from PSV for €40 million, could make his Liverpool debut, although it’s most likely to come from the bench.
With Diogo Jota and Luis Díaz out long-term, the Dutchman’s arrival is a much-needed edition in attack.
For now, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could continue on the left-wing, with Mohamed Salah and Darwin Núñez completing the attack.
Fabinho could return in midfield; he sat out the Leicester win as his partner was giving birth.
At centre-back, Ibrahima Konaté could see his first action since returning from Qatar, although Joël Matip is set to remain as Virgil van Dijk’s partner here.
Predicted XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Thiago; Salah, Núñez, Oxlade-Chamberlain.