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Thomas Frank’s Brentford find themselves in their second Championship play-off Final in the space of 10 months following their Wembley heartbreak to Fulham last August. However, they will be hoping for more success this time around after Fulham prevailed in extra time to win what is dubbed ‘the richest game in football’.
Steve Cooper is looking to guide his side back into the Premier League having spent the last three seasons in the Championship. The Swans were relegated from the top-flight in 2018 under manager Carlos Carvalhal and will be hoping this is the year they return to the top flight. Having flirted with promotion last year, it was Brentford who inflicted defeat on the Swans in the 2020 play-off semi-final.
The Bees progressed to the final thanks to a stunning second-leg victory over Bournemouth in the semi-final. Despite losing the first leg and conceding early on in the second leg, Frank’s side showed their mettle and netted three times at their new stadium to prevail on aggregate against Jonathan Woodgate’s men.
Swansea avoided a late upset in their semi-final against the league’s surprise package of the season, Barnsley. The Swans added to their slender aggregate advantage in their second leg but a late goal from Valerien Ismael’s side did provide an interesting end to the affair. Having progressed to the final, Cooper’s side now lies potentially just 90 minutes away from the richest league in world football.f
Brentford vs Swansea: Match Stats
Brentford ended the 2020/21 Championship season as the league’s top scorers and their main man Ivan Toney earned himself the title of top scorer. The former Peterborough striker has shown stunning form this season having ended the campaign on 32 goals – four more than the runner up. Toney got the Bees up and running in their semi-final second leg from the spot and will be hoping to inspire them to victory on Saturday, too.
Finals are usually tight affairs and with so much on the line we expect Saturday to follow that trend. The two meetings between these sides this season has provided two draws which have ended with the scoreline at under 2.5 goals. It took extra time to separate Fulham and Brentford last year following a tense 0-0 draw inside the 90 minutes.
Brentford vs Swansea: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Brentford 1-0 Swansea
Brentford vs Swansea: Odds
Brentford vs Swansea: Head to Head
27 January 2021 – Swansea 1-1 Brentford – Championship
3 November 2020 – Brentford 1-1 Swansea – Championship
29 July 2020 – Brentford 3-1 Swansea – Play-Offs
26 July 2020 – Swansea 1-0 Brentford – Play-Offs
Meetings between the two sides this season has seen neither side claim all three points in what have been extremely close affairs. The standout result in the recent meetings is the second leg of last year’s playoff semi-final which saw the Bees seal their spot in the final with a stunning comeback.