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Brentford vs Bournemouth: Predictions
Despite scoring more goals (79) than any other team during the regular season, Brentford were blunted by an impressive defensive performance from the Cherries during the first leg. Ivan Toney and Co could only muster one single shot on target as the Bees lost 1-0 and must rediscover the scintillating attacking form that got them here in the first place if they’re to avoid a second successive playoff heartache.
After losing their previous three games without scoring a goal — including a 1-0 defeat to Brentford — Bournemouth fans will have breathed a huge sigh of relief at their side coming away from the first leg in the lead. But they’ll know that this tie is far from done and Jonathan Woodgate’s men will once again have to show their defensive capabilities as the Bees look to make the most of home advantage in the second leg.
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Brentford vs Bournemouth: Match Stats
As mentioned, Brentford finished third in the table with the most goals of any club in the division (79), as Thomas Frank could call upon the services of Ivan Toney, who not only registered a commendable 10 assists for a striker but he also set a new Championship record for most finishes in a single season (31 goals).
Aiming to keep a lid on Toney will once again be Bournemouth’s nuisance-in-chief Jefferson Lerma, who is an absolute nightmare to play against for opposition teams given his tenacity, persistence and ball-destroying capabilities. Though, he does have a propensity to take it too far at times, with no player receiving more cards in the Championship this season than the Colombian (12 – 11 yellow cards, one red card).
Brentford’s first-leg defeat to Bournemouth was their 12th Football League playoff loss to date, drawing them level with record-holders Preston North End. They’ll need to avoid making that an outright record if they’re to force a turnaround here.
Brentford only scored in the second half in four of their last five games of the regular season.
30 Dec 2020 – Brentford 2-1 Bournemouth – Championship
21 Feb 2015 – Brentford 3-1 Bournemouth – Championship
16 Aug 2014 – Bournemouth 1-0 Brentford – Championship
Brentford will draw encouragement from their two games in the 2020/21 regular season against Bournemouth, having completed the double over the South Coast club, including a 1-0 win at the end of April, which proved the catalyst in an end-of-season wobble for Woodgate’s side, who lost their following two games to finish the campaign with a whimper. That, of course, meant little as the Cherries sealed victory in the first leg.