Brentford v Ipswich Live Stream – Match Highlights, Team News and Prediction from Griffin Park

High flying pair Brentford and Ipswich will meet at Griffin Park as third takes on second in festive promotion battle, with the game live streaming for free from the Championship.

The Bees have moved into contention in recent weeks with seven wins in their last 8 games while Ipswich are currently unbeaten in their last 8 games.

A win for either side could see them top the table depending on how leaders Bournemouth fare at home to Fulham.

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History would appear to favour Mick McCarthy’s side in this particular quest.

Ipswich vs Brentford Match Highlights

The Norfolk side are unbeaten in the last seven meetings in all competitions against Brentford, winning the last four, although their last meeting was in 2004 in the league cup.

Brentford’s only win in this fixture came in 1955 in their first ever meeting. The clash in the old division three finished 3-2 to the Bees.

Both teams will assess key men before the game.

The Bees will evaluate the fitness of Jonathan Douglas. The midfielder was forced off at half-time during Saturday’s 3-2 win at Cardiff due to a calf problem and was replaced by Jon Toral.

Should Douglas be passed fit then manager Mark Warburton is likely to stick with the side which secured the Bees’ back-to-back wins following the defeat to Huddersfield.

Warburton will be without defender Alan McCormack sidelined by an ankle injury and striker Scott Hogan a long-term absentee due to a cruciate ligament damage.

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Ipswich meanwhile could have defender Tyrone Mings available. The youngster issed Saturday’s 2-0 victory over fellow promotion-chasers Middlesbrough through injury, but he could return on Friday while midfielder Cole Skuse was taken off seven minutes into the second half of the victory at the weekend, and will be assessed before the game.

Ipswich have lost only one of their last 18 games. Their only defeat since 23 August was 3-1 at Cardiff on 21 October while the club have lost only one of their last 10 away games, winning three and drawing six.

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Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.