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Swansea vs Brentford: Predictions
The race for Premier League promotion is heating up in the Championship with just four points currently separating sixth from second and two of last season’s play-off semi-finalists meeting on Wednesday, as Swansea host Brentford in a proverbial six-pointer.
Steve Cooper and Thomas Frank met in the play-off semi-finals last term after Swansea dramatically snuck into the top six on the final day of the campaign, but it was the London club who reached the Wembley showpiece across the two legs, before falling to Scott Parker’s Fulham.
Both clubs will once again look to push for promotion this time around, but it is the Swans who have stolen a march on their play-off rivals, with Cooper’s men currently occupying second, but fourth-placed Brentford are not far behind with just two points the difference and with a game in hand.
The reverse fixture in the capital yielded a 1-1 draw in November, but Brentford have been the more successful club in this fixture since Frank took the reins, winning this game 3-0 at the Liberty Stadium last term, before giving Griffin Park a resounding send-off in July, beating the Swans 3-1 to book a Wembley ticket.
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Swansea vs Brentford: Match Stats
Despite the Bees success over Swansea last season, in which the club ended a seven-game losing streak to record three wins from their four contests, Cooper’s men enter this midweek clash in fine form and boast the best defensive record in the Championship, having conceded just 13 goals, so expect a low-scoring affair.
But, one player who has been prolific in this fixture over the past few seasons is Andre Ayew, who netted in the 1-1 draw back in autumn, as well as the first leg of the play-off semi-finals in July, and the 3-1 defeat in London in December 2019, making that three goals from his last four games against the Bees. The Ghanian forward is also Swansea’s second-highest scorer this term (eight goals) and seventh in the overall standings.
Swansea vs Brentford: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Swansea 1-0 Brentford
Swansea vs Brentford: Odds
Swansea vs Brentford: Head to Head
03 November 2020 – Brentford 1-1 Swansea – Championship
29 July 2020 – Brentford 3-1 Swansea – Championship Play-Offs
26 July 2020 – Swansea 1-0 Brentford – Championship Play-Offs
26 December 2019 – Brentford 3-1 Swansea – Championship
22 October 2019 – Swansea 0-3 Brentford – Championship
As alluded to Brentford have been the more successful club in this fixture in recent times, with the Bees enjoying two 3-1 wins at Griffin Park last term and a comprehensive 3-0 victory in Wales in October 2019. Cooper’s men did seal a 1-0 win in the first leg of the play-off semi-finals, though, with a goal from Ayew the difference on the day, before Frank’s men fired back with aplomb in the capital three days later.