The all important final Premier League place will be up for grabs at the Wembley Stadium as Brentford take on Swansea City in the most anticipated game in English football.
Championship play-off final 2021
Date : Saturday, 29 May 2021
Kick-off : 3 PM BST
Venue : Wembley Stadium
The stakes have never been higher for Brentford after they were just 90 minutes away from securing Premier League promotion for the very first time last season, thanks to an extra-time brace from Joe Bryan who helped Fulham secure top-flight English football ahead of the Bees. Following the disappointment, Brentford were unable to hold onto their key players Ollie Watkins and Said Benrahma, however, the recovery from the Bees this season has been remarkable with their new signing Ivan Toney scoring 32 goals in the Championship guiding Brentford to a third place finish with 87 points, seven more than their opponents Swansea.
Swansea, on the other hand, are aiming for their return to Premier League football for the first time since 2018 after getting relegated in the 2017-18 season. The Swans have put on a decent fight to position themselves at fourth in the Championship with 80 points, also defeating Barnsley 2-1 aggregate in the semi-finals.
Rico Henry and Christian Norgaard remain doubts after the duo missed the second-leg tie against Bournemouth.
Josh Dasilva is ruled out with a hip injury.
Long-time Swans servant Wayne Routledge is expected to miss the remainder of the year after suffering from an ACL injury against Barnsley.
Head to Head
Brentford – 32 wins
Swansea – 34 wins
Draws – 24
Last meeting : Swansea 1-1 Brentford
Brentford (last 5 games) : W/W/W/L/W
Swansea (last 5 games) : D/W/L/W/D
• Brentford hold the record for the most failed play-off campaigns. The Bees have reached the play-offs on nine previous occasions before and have never been promoted.
• If they win, this will be Brentford’s first time promotion in the top tier since the 1946-47 season.
• Swansea lost to Brentford in the play-offs last year, but their previous play-off run came back in 2010-11 season where the defeated Reading 4-2, thanks to a hattrick from Scott Sinclair.
Brentford have been one of the most attacking sides this season with the Bees scoring an impressive 79 goals with Ivan Toney being the leading goal-scorer with 32 goals. The Swans, however, have been leading on the defensive side with 21 clean sheets (second best in the league) as compared to Brentford’s 17 clean sheets. While Brentford look to be the favorites in this tie, it is important to note that the Bees have failed in all their previous nine attempts to secure promotion in the top tier of English football.
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