2019-20 Sky Bet Championship Play-Offs Semi Finals: Second Leg – Brentford vs Swansea

After suffering a narrow first leg defeat, Brentford have to do as they take on Swansea in their last-ever match at Griffin Park for a place in the 2020 Championship Play-Off Final. 

Swansea enter this match with one foot in the final through Andre Ayew’s stunning first leg winner, although away goals won’t apply so victory or a draw could do for the Swans if they’re to reach Wembley. 

 

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Rico Henry is available for Brentford after his controversial red card in the first leg was successfully appealed.

Nikos Karelis remains Brentford’s only absentee with a long-term knee injury.

Swansea have Kyle Naughton available after the right-back completed a three match suspension. 

Wayne Routledge (knock) is unlikely to feature, whilst Freddie Woodman (hip), Ben Wilmot (knee), George Byers (groin) and Joe Rodon (ankle) are still ruled out.

 

Stat Attack

  • Brentford lost their only previous home play-off clash against Swansea, losing 2-0 in May 2006 in the League One play-offs. 
  • Swansea have scored in each of their last five trips to Griffin Park (W3, L2) since a goalless draw in August 2000. 
  • Brentford’s Bryan Mbeumo has scored in two of his three appearances against Swansea this campaign. 

 

Prediction

Sunday’s first leg was a really scrappy affair with some dubious diving from Swansea players, yet they somehow got the win despite neither team being at their clinical best throughout the match. 

Brentford however will be glad to get this match back home still in the balance because if they can repeat find their sharp touch again, I think that we could be set for a cracker and the emotion of their final ever game at Griffin Park could provide them with an extra boost. 

Swansea however do have a habit of scoring at this ground but if Brentford can rediscover their magic and overcome the negative omens of Chris Kavanagh as referee, I reckon the Bees might just squeak through to Wembley. 

Prediction: Brentford 2-1 Swansea (Brentford to win on penalties)

Result: Brentford 3-1 Swansea (Brentford win 3-2 on aggregate!!!)

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