Brentford vs Swansea: Predictions, betting tips, odds & match preview
The Swans make the trek to Griffin Park with a one-goal lead intact, and all intentions to claim promotion to the hallowed Premier League for themselves. Fortunately for Steve Cooper’s men, our Brentford vs Swansea predictions are forecasting exactly that.
Take a read of our analysis below of how the action will unfold this Thursday evening in the second-leg under a gloomy West London sky…
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Cooper can thank Andre Ayew for heading into this second-leg with the lead, given that it was the Ghanaian who scored the only goal at the Liberty last week with a thumping volley.
It was a much-needed goal from Ayew considering that Brentford looked particularly menacing in the first-half, with the likes of Ollie Watkins and Said Benrahma both having missed clear-cut chances to score.
However, after the hosts had a man sent off – Rico Henry – as a result of a lunging challenge on Connor Roberts in the 65th minute, from there on, it was a downhill battle.
Indeed, 10-man Brentford were at the mercy of Ayew as he charged at their defence at every possible avenue, eventually culminating to a goal for the forward in the 82nd minute.
But that wasn’t the only goal-scoring involvement the 30-year-old had – not 16 minutes before scoring his 18th goal of the season, Ayew had a penalty saved, only being kept out of adding to his tally earlier courtesy of some quick thinking from the keeper.
Come the final whistle, the Swans had sealed another victory to add to their recent winning surge, with the hosts left to rue their missed chances.
With that defeat being Brentford’s third successive defeat, they’ll now need to put all their eggs in one basket for this Thursday’s match-up at Griffin Park and pray that Cooper’s men remain out of the goal-scoring action.
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Brentford vs Swansea Predictions
Consistency in form has always been an issue for Brentford, and our predictions are expecting that very chink in the armour to be their downfall come this Thursday.
Indeed, in a division where the tables can always turn on you, snapping eight successive victories as they did half-way through the season was a run admired by many. But as with all streaks, there’s always a caveat to consider and Thomas Frank’s men showcased it in all it’s glory.
Stumbling against Stoke City and Barnsley – two teams fighting relegation – meant they missed out two opportunities to climb into the top two and secure promotion.
From a lack of clinical finishing from Benrahma and Watkins to defensive roadblocks in the back four, the Bees have struggled to – as the kids say – ‘shoot their shot’ when it’s mattered. As such, our forecast for the hosts to concede more goals are definitely not against the grain.
Yet for Swansea, the odds and performances couldn’t be more different.
Since the return of Championship football behind closed doors, the Swans have taken 17 points from their last nine games, climbing the table from 11th place into the playoff places.
Not only have this weekend’s visitors been clinical when the moment has called for it – see their late flurry of goals against Nottingham Forest – but their attack has been far more ruthless in recent games.
Both Rhian Brewster and Conor Gallagher have been orchestrating counterattacks with Ayew at the centre of offensive movements with the former having been in great scoring form, and the latter operating as one of the best providers in the league.
Should the visitors utilise their 4-3-2-1 formation and target the heart of an unconvincing Brentford defence – alebit on the road – there is a strong chance that they’ll adopt our diagonosis of betting favourites and push themselves back into the big leagues.
Between Ayew and Brewster, and Benrahma and co, expect an entertaining contest, in a game donned as ‘football’s most expensive game’ – and as forecasts suggest, with the visitors clinching the glory.
Squawka Stat: Swansea have taken 17 points from their last nine games – are they destined for another three this Thursday?
The Swans’ recent resurgence in the league puts them in the driving seat to cop-out in our betting predictions, as well on the pitch come this Thursday.
Indeed, with victories against Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday, and even a result against West Brom notched up in the last nine games, its clear to see that their inclusion in this season’s playoff permutations is a deserved one.
On such a winning run, and with the attacking charges they have on hand, Cooper’s men will be tough to suppress. From Brewster’s swashbuckling runs and clinical finishing abilities that has seen him snap up 10 goals in 20 appearances this season, to Ayew’s various counterattacking attributes, when the Swans break, there’s very little to stop that particular train from making it’s stop.
Combine this with Brentford’s intriguing defensive system which adopts a more narrow approach at time, there’s every opportunity for the visitors to add to their tally of victories – with this one meaning much more than three points.