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Given the manner of their defeat to Fulham in last season’s final, everyone associated with Brentford are aware of the highs and lows which come with competing in the playoffs.
They also know that form could count for little, and rival teams will not be too concerned that the Bees picked up 24 points from their final 12 games of the regular season.
Thomas Frank‘s men are on a run of four successive victories for the loss of just one goal, a period which includes a 1-0 triumph over their next opponents.
The biggest plus for Brentford ahead of this contest is their return to form in the final third with five strikes coming against Watford and Bristol City.
Two of those efforts came from Ivan Toney, who ended the season with 31 goals, but wideman Bryan Mbeumo is potentially the player to watch after three strikes in four outings.
BOURNEMOUTH and Brentford kick off the English Championships play-offs with both looking to earn the right to play in the world’s richest one-off game in the final.
It’s usually a nervy, edgy affair where form goes out the window but both teams here have reason to believe they can get through this over the two legs.
Bournemouth were going like a train at the business end of the season with six league wins in a row before the wheels came off and they lost their last three. However, caretaker manager Jonathan Woodgate rested and rotated once the play-off slot was secure.
And Brentford have got real momentum going into this – they’ve won their last four games in the league and are unbeaten in 12 in the Championship.
The Bees did finish three places above the Cherries and ended up ten points clear of them, but you wonder if losing last year’s final to Fulham will be on their minds.
Additionally, Brentford have the worst record in English football in the play-offs – they have failed nine times to win promotion through the system!
And Bournemouth of course have a long spell of recent Premier League history…Brentford last played in English football’s top flight in 1947.