Kick-off: 1945, 29/07/2020
Stadium: Griffin Park
TV: Sky Sports
We picked out Swansea as a value bet to beat Brentford in the first leg of their Championship play-offs semi-final and are sticking with them to advance.
The Welsh outfit will take a 1-0 lead to Griffin Park for Wednesday night’s return fixture and just seem in better spirits than the Bees.
Punters can get 4/5 for City to progress and that is our initial Brentford vs Swansea prediction.
A Look At Brentford’s Betting Odds
Brentford were the better team in the opening period at Liberty Stadium on Sunday, with Ollie Watkins and Said Benrahma missing decent chances.
However, the Bees were pegged back after the break and Rico Henry’s controversial red card helped Swansea seize the initiative.
Thomas Frank is confident he will be able to pick up his players for what will be the final competitive game at Griffin Park ahead of the club moving to a new stadium.
“It’s not going to be difficult all,” he said. “You can see the fire in the eyes of the players.
“There are no heads dropped, just heads up. They are ready to go.”
That was a third straight defeat for Brentford, though, who previously blew the chance of automatic promotion when losing to Stoke away and Barnsley here.
Looking at the Brentford vs Swansea odds, we fear the Bees will fall agonisingly short again and like 14/5 for a draw on the night.
Last Brentford line-up: Raya, Henry, Pinnock, Jansson, Dalsgaard, Norgaard, Jensen, Da Silva, Mbeumo, Benrahma, Watkins.
A Look At Swansea City’s Betting Odds
Swansea sneaked into the top six after closing the regular season with a draw at Nottingham Forest and then back-to-back wins over Bristol City and Reading.
After struggling to find space early on versus Brentford in Wales, City came on strong in the second half.
Rhian Brewster had a couple of chances, while Andre Ayew glanced a header against the woodwork and had a penalty saved before finally striking.
He made amends for the spot-kick miss with a fierce drive on 80 minutes and manager Steve Cooper is keen to be positive again at Griffin Park.
“It’s still all to play for, it’s still in the balance,” he declared. “There’s a small advantage, but it’s only an advantage if we use it.
“We will recover and prepare as we do normally. Nothing changes.
“As far I’m concerned, it will be 0-0 and we will go to play as we do in every single game.”
Swansea lost both regular-season matches against Brentford by an aggregate score of 6-1, but momentum is a big thing in sport – and that is now in their favour.
They have only lost narrowly to Leeds in their last eight outings and are unbeaten in five away fixtures since the restart, scoring 13 times in those road games.
Let’s finish off our Brentford vs Swansea betting tips by taking 16/1 for City to advance after a thrilling 2-2 draw.
Last Swansea line-up: Mulder, Guehi, Van der Hoorn, Roberts, Bidwell, Cabango, Fulton, Grimes, Gallagher, Brewster, Ayew.
SWANSEA 1-0 BRENTFORD – Andre Ayew
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