Ace Football previews the Championship play-off final between Brentford and Swansea City and offers betting tips, odds, and stats.
A spot in the Premier League and a potential £160 million are the prizes on offer at Wembley for the Championship play-off final between Brentford and Swansea City on Saturday.
The winner takes all in this captivating finale, but who will it be?
After losing last season’s play-off final to Fulham, Brentford hope to do one better this time. The west London side finished third in the Championship table for a second consecutive season, beat Bournemouth 3-2 on aggregate in the play-off semi-finals, and are gunning to end a 74-year absence from the English top flight.
Swansea, on the other hand, finished fourth in the Championship table. The Swans, who last played in the Premier League in 2017/18, overcame Barnsley 2-1 on aggregate in the semi-finals.
Brentford looking formidable.
Thomas Frank’s men look solid right now upon extending their promising run of form to five wins in six games (L1). In their 3 latest outings, Brentford finished off Bristol City in a 3-1 win and went on to a 1-0 defeat against Bournemouth. Their latest game produced a 3-1 win against the latter, sealing a 3-2 aggregate win in a two-legged Championship play-off semi-final tie.
Despite some disastrous defending last time out, the Bees stormed to a 3-1 win over 10-man Bournemouth. They’re favorites for Saturday and are desperate to avoid a repeat of last season’s playoff final defeat to Fulham.
Swans must pull out all the stops.
Results haven’t exactly gone to plan. The Welsh side have won just two of their last seven games (D3 L2) in the Championship. A stunning long-range effort from captain Matt Grimes, however, was enough to bag a 1-1 second-leg draw with Barnsley last weekend. It sealed Swansea a 2-1 aggregate win in the play-off semi-finals.
To win promotion on Saturday, though, Steve Cooper’s must go all-out in pursuit of victory.
The Swans hope to get a bit of revenge on Brentford as well after losing to the London club in last season’s play-off semi-finals.
Brentford vs Swansea h2h
A close encounter can be expected.
The last two Championship encounters between Brentford and Swansea ended in 1-1 draws. In the previous 8 matches between the clubs over 2.5 goals came up 5 times. Both teams to score paid out 5 times in those 8 meetings. The two rivals have shared the spoils in recent outings in the Championship. Both have claimed 3 wins in the last 8 encounters with 2 matches finishing without a winner.
Season facts for Brentford and Swansea.
Facts are calculated for Championship
- Brentford has won 5 matches of the last 6 matches (L1);
- Brentford unbeaten in 13 of the last 14 matches;
- Brentford has seen BTTS in the last 3 matches;
- Total goals was UNDER 3.5 in Brentford’s last 6 of 8 matches.
- Total goals was UNDER 3.5 in Swansea City’s last 4 of 6 matches;
- Swansea City scored in the last 7 of 9 matches;
- Swansea City conceded in the last 6 of 8 matches;
- Total goals was UNDER 3.5 in Swansea City’s last 3 matches in the row.
According to the bookies Brentford are favorites to win. The best price you will find on a home win is 1.83 as bookies predict the Bees to have a 55% chance of beating Swansea. If you wish to bet the draw, there are odds at 3.30 on offer, while a win for Cooper’s men pays out at 4.75.