Preview and Prediction
The sensational team in Championship this season, Brentford, finally is on play off stage. However, going to the top flight not as easy as it seems, especially for the inexperienced one like them. The Bees have to secure at least a win with two-goal difference to get through the final. That would surely be challenging as The Swans will never let their advantage at the first leg be in vain. This is where Thomas Frank’s men will be tested at the early stage of promotion.
Both teams’ previous games
Swansea apparently really benefited from their home game. The team which just climbed up to the sixth after the final match day and overlapped the former Champions League winner, Nottingham Forest, were more dominant throughout the game and eventually snatch a 1-0 win. They even had a chance to score earlier by a penalty but Andre Ayew wasted it as it was denied by David Raya Martin. Yet, he found the moment of redemption after scoring the winning goal from the left side of Brentford’s defence.
Thomas Frank seems to opt 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 key men in the line up to support Ollie Watkins and Said Benrahma. Unfortuntately, Rico Henry is still serving his ban while Nikolaos Carelis is still on the injury table, which forces the team to be careful on their left flank. The only available man for this post is Josh Clarke, who barely comes off the bench. Alternatively, Sergi Canos can be pushed backward as the left wing back.
His counterpart, Steve Cooper, has been in favour of 3-4-1-2 so far with the Ghanaian international, Andre Ayew as the targetman accompanied by the Welsh youngster Rhian Brewster upfront. Yet, his starting IX will not be complete as a number of key players this season will be ruled out such as the goalie Freddie Woodman, Joe Rodon, Wayne Routledge, George Byers and Ben Wilmot.
Players to watch
Brentford’s top performers this season are the Algerian forward, Said Benrahma with his seventeen goals and eight assists, Ollie Watkins the top scorer with twenty five goals and three assists, the Swedish defender Pontus Jansson and the Danish wing back Henrik Dalsgaard. Another notable name to watch is the youngster Josh Dasilva.
Meanwhile, in Swansea, the former Marseille man Andre Ayew is definitely the key figure of the team. He has bagged sixteen goals and provided seven assists. The Ghanaian international will be accompanied by Matt Grimes to lead the team which is full of potential local talent such as Rhian Brewster, Conor Gallagher, Ben Cabango and Marc Guehi.
Brentford vs Swansea Prediction
The Bees are expected to be more cautious while defending and be swifter to deploy a counter attack whenever they have a chance. Another possible scenario would be scoring as early as possible to have the lead. It will be good to build up Christian Norgaard and Co’s confidence as the visitor seems to be better in ball possession. Eventually, the host might snatch a narrow win but then the game will possibly go down to penalties. David Raya will be the key man in this match to lead his team progress to the final.
The home side is the slight favourite here. They are backed to win at 1.55, whereas Swansea’s odds to win are only at 5.80.The draw result is at the value of 4.10.