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It’s the fascinating Championship Play-offs semi-final showdown between Brentford and Swansea City on Wednesday. With the big incentive for the side that makes it through the tie being a date with the final of the competition, it promises to be a beauty.
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Brentford head into this game after a 0-0 Championship Play-offs drawn match vs Swansea City.
In that game, Brentford had 43% possession and 12 shots at goal with 3 on target. On the other side, Swansea City had 14 shots at goal with 7 on target. André Ayew (82') was the scorer for Swansea City.
It’s not been often in recent games that Brentford have shown defensive steel. The reality is that The Bees have seen their defence breached in 5 of their previous 6 matches, shipping 6 goals on the way. We shall soon see whether or not that trend will end up being continued on in this game.
Swansea City will go into this encounter following a 1-0 Championship Play-offs win to defeat Brentford in their most recent game.
In that game, Swansea City managed 57% possession and 14 attempts at goal with 7 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Swansea City was André Ayew (82'). For their opponents, Brentford had 12 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target.
Steve Cooper's Swansea City have seen their goal attempts be successful 11 times throughout their previous six matches. The total of goals that they have conceded during those same matches adds up to 5.
Head to head
Checking on their prior head-to-head meetings stretching back to 08/12/2018 shows that Brentford have won 2 of these & Swansea City 4, with the number of drawn results standing at 0.
A combined sum of 21 goals were scored between the two sides throughout the course of those matches, with 9 of them for The Bees and 12 netted by The Swans. The average number of goals per game works out to 3.5.
Team News: Brentford
There aren’t many personnel worries, with just one fitness concern for the Brentford gaffer Thomas Frank to be concerned about due to a largely intact group. Marcus Forss (Hamstring Injury) is sidelined.
It’s our opinion that The Bees could line up in a 4-3-3 formation for this game, utilising David Raya Martin, Mads Roerslev Rasmussen, Ethan Pinnock, Pontus Jansson, Henrik Dalsgaard, Joshua Da Silva, Christian Nørgaard, Emiliano Marcondes Hansen, Saïd Benrahma, Ollie Watkins and Bryan Mbeumo.
Team News: Swansea City
Owing to a fully injury-free group available to choose from, Swansea City manager Steve Cooper has no fitness worries at all coming into this match.
There’s a good chance that The Swans appear most likely to make use of a 3-5-2 lineup, settling for Erwin Mulder, Marc Guehi, Mike van der Hoorn, Ben Cabango, Connor Roberts, Matt Grimes, Conor Gallagher, Jay Fulton, Jake Bidwell, André Ayew and Rhian Brewster.
It looks to us that Brentford can create the chances to score more than once when they come up against Swansea City, who will be up against it scoring a goal of their own.
We therefore think that it’s going to be a comfortable 2-0 margin for Brentford when all’s said and done.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Griffin Park (12,763)
Captain: Pontus Jansson
Chairman: Cliff Crown
Manager: Thomas Frank
Competitions: Championship position 3, Champ. Play-offs (Semi-Finals)
⭐ Star Player: Bryan Mbeumo
Generally played in the Right Attacking Midfielder position, Bryan Mbeumo was born in Avallon, France. Having made a first senior appearance for ESTAC in the 2017 - 2018 season, the talented Midfielder has managed to score 15 league goals in the Championship 2019 - 2020 campaign so far in a total of 42 appearances.