Brentford and Swansea City will go head-to-head in the Championship Play-off final on Saturday at 3pm (UK time).
The Bees are looking to return to the top-flight for the first time since 1947, while Swansea were in the Premier League as recently as 2018.
How to live stream Brentford vs Swansea online:
Where to watch Brentford vs Swansea on TV:
- UK: Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Football
- US: ESPN+
Scoreline prediction: Brentford 2-1 Swansea
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Brentford vs Swansea build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
This is Brentford’s second Play-off final in succession and Thomas Frank will be desperate for his side to avoid the same fate they suffered last year against Fulham. The Bees head into this match in great form having lost just one of their last 14 games, with that sole defeat coming in the first leg of their Play-off semi-final against Bournemouth. Of course, Frank’s side were able to overturn that 1-0 deficit in the return leg.
Swansea have been in this position before as well, though the Welsh side were successful in their only other Championship Play-off final to date, beating Reading 4-2 in the 2011 edition. The Swans only managed one win from their final five games of the season before scraping past Barnsley in the semi-final with a 2-1 aggregate win. Steve Cooper’s men will undoubtedly enter this match as underdogs.
- Brentford (vs Bournemouth): Raya; Dalsgaard, Jansson, Pinnock; Roerslev, Jensen, Janelt, Canos; Marcondes; Toney, Mbeumo.
- Swansea (vs Barnsley): Woodman; Naughton, Cabango, Guehi, Bidwell; Fulton, Grimes, Hourihane; Ayew, Routledge, Lowe.
Shandon Baptiste and Josh Dasilva are both sidelined for Brentford, while Rico Henry and Christian Norgaard are both doubts, with the latter picking up an injury during the warm-up against Bournemouth. Steven Benda is the only absentee for Swansea.
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Players to watch:
- Brentford: If the Bees are to avoid a second successive Play-off final heartbreak, Ivan Toney is by far and away their biggest hope. The 25-year-old striker has been a force of nature this season, netting 32 goals across all competitions so far. In doing so, Toney — who is lightning-fast and ruthless in front of goal — has attracted the attention of a number of Premier League clubs. Of course, should he reach his potential on Saturday, he won’t need a transfer to play top-flight football next season.
- Swansea: Toney might be the headline act, but Swansea are not without their own difference-makers in the final third. Chief among their attacking threats is Ghanian forward, Andre Ayew. The 31-year-old has 17 goals and four assists to his name in Championship play so far this season and netted the only goal of the game as Swansea beat Barnsley in the first leg of their Play-off semi-final against Barnsley. What’s more, Ayew has already scored once against Brentford this season as the two sides drew 1-1 back in November. A repeat of that would do Cooper’s side nicely at Wembley on Saturday.
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