Brentford v Swansea City Betting Tips: Can the Bees fight back to reach Wembley?
Odds and preview ahead of tonight’s play-off second leg
After losing the first leg 1-0, Brentford are the favourites to triumph this evening and they’re just 3/5 to win in 90 minutes. Swansea are going at 24/5 while the draw is 29/10.
The Bees have home advantage but Swansea are a goal ahead and it’s too close to call, with both sides priced at 5/6 to progress to the final.
Those that fancy a bit of play-off drama can get 11/1 on either respective team to win on penalties.
Brentford were the highest scorers in the Championship this season while Swansea scored four times in their last away game. Over 3.5 goals here is 2/1, while the hosts to win with over 2.5 goals is 3/2.
Ollie Watkins scored 25 goals this season and he’s 3/1 to open the scoring, or 28/1 to say goodbye to Griffin Park with a hat-trick.
Meanwhile, Swansea top scorer Andre Ayew is 13/5 to bag anytime tonight after netting the crucial winner in the first leg.
After being in contention to win the title for much of the season, defeat in the play-offs would represent something of a disaster for Brentford, despite suggestions that they’ve been punching above their weight.
And after impressing so many with their attacking flair throughout the campaign, the west London side will likely be raided for their best talent should they fail to clinch promotion.
A final day defeat at home to Barnsley condemned them to a play-off campaign and Andre Ayew’s late winner in the first leg saw them suffer a third consecutive defeat.
In what will be their final match at Griffin Park, Thomas Frank needs his side to step up now more than ever.
They’re certainly capable – their devastating attacking trio of Ollie Watkins, Said Benrahma and Bryan Mbeumo have bagged 57 league goals between them this season.
Meanwhile, their formidable defence saw only champions Leeds concede fewer goals than them.
They’ve been boosted by the news that Rico Henry is eligible to play after having his first-leg red card rescinded.
But momentum is a powerful force in football – Brentford’s opponents Swansea are evidence of that.
The Welsh side needed a minor miracle to reach the play-offs on the final day and their thrashing of Reading, coupled with Nottingham Forest’s collapse against Stoke, gave them an unlikely path back to the Premier League.
And their mentality allowed them to persevere as, despite missing a penalty, they secured a 1-0 triumph over a side they’d previously shipped six goals to this season.
They’ll be hoping history can repeat itself, having earned promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs back in 2011, while Brentford will be looking to etch one final iconic memory into the Griffin Park history books.
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