Preview and Prediction
Brentford’s campaign for flying to the top flight has come to the last stage. It is only one more step to progress to the first tier since the last time before the World War II. At the final in Wembley next week, they will be taking on Fulham, which is also attempting to crawl back to Premier League after being relegated last season. It is a definte tight clash for the last ticket of promotion of the season.
Both teams’ previous games
The Bees finally proved their true quality at the second leg after overturning Swansea’s advantage in the previous meeting. Said Benrahma and Co crushed The Swans 3-1. Ollie Watkins, Emiliano Marcondes and Bryan Mbuemo netted the winnng goals before Rhian Webster scored a consolation.
The Whites, on the other hand, were rather lucky in the second leg. With two-goal advantage on the road, Scott Parker’s men started slow before Cardiff’s opener by Curtis Nelson stunned them. Fulham did not take long to equalise as Neeskens Keano found the back of the net. At the second half, the visitor struck them again and bagged a goal from Lee Tomlin. Niel Harris’ men even dominated the second half and had a number decent chances yet failed to convert.
Thomas Frank will be opting for 4-3-3 formation, as he always does this season. The Nordic connection is still the vital one in his starting IX. Christian Norgaard, Henrik Dalsgaard, Mathias Jansen, Emiliano Marcondes and the defender Pontus Jansson have been the main forward in the line up to support Ollie Watkins and Said Benrahma. His squad now is fully fit for the final without any injuries, at least on the key figures.
Meanwhile, Scott Parker will be deploying 4-3-3 formation with the transition to 4-2-3-1. Alexander Mitrovic and Ivan Cavaleiro are supposedly back on the starting IX after missing the semifinals. They will be supported by Neeskens Kebano and Josh Onomah for better attack and finishing touch later.
Players to watch
Brentford’s top performers this season are the Algerian forward, Said Benrahma with his seventeen goals and nine assists, Ollie Watkins the top scorer with twenty six goals and three assists, the Swedish defender Pontus Jansson and the Danish wing back Henrik Dalsgaard. Another notable name to watch is Mathias Jensen.
In Fulham, the former Newcastle man, Alexander Mitrovic is the key man upfront with 26 goals and 3 assists along with Ivan Cavaliero. Some other notable figures to watch are Tom Cairney, Anthony Knockhaert.
Brentford vs Fulham Prediction
It is a game of life for both teams and managers as they only have one shot for lifting up their teams and career to the next level. However, Thomas Frank’s men seem to have more convincing result lately than Fulham, especially considering their previous outings. A narrow win for David Raya and Co is more likely. It would be a historic moment of glory for Brentford.
This game is expected to be even. The Bees are backed to win at 15/13, whereas Scott Parker’s men odds to win are only at 13/5. The draw result is at the value of 5/2.