PLAY-OFF FINAL LIVE: Brentford vs Fulham – Aleksandar Mitrovic on the BENCH as west London rivals battle it out at Wembley for a place in the Premier League
- Brentford and Fulham meet at Wembley this evening at 7.45pm BST
- UK viewers can watch the play-off final live on Sky Sports Football/Main
- Latest EFL Championship news, live action and results right here
Brentford and Fulham meet at Wembley this evening in the Championship play-off final for the last remaining spot in Premier League next season.
The Bees will be hoping to end their 73-year absence from the top-flight with a win this evening and earn £160m in prize money.
Scott Parker’s men will be keen to return to top-flight football after a promising season pushing for the automatic places before ultimately missing out to Leeds United and West Brom.
Sportsmail’s IEUAN IVETT will provide live Championship coverage of Brentford vs Fulham including score, lineups, build-up and post-result reactions.
Brentford are 4/7 to become the 50th different team to play in the Premier League tonight, while Fulham are 11/8 to return to the top flight at the first time of asking, according to betting analysts BonusCodeBets.
Aleksandr Mitrovic scored over 40% of Fulham’s goals in the league but is missing tonight. Aboubakar Kamara is Fulham’s best chance of getting a goal at 9/5 to find the net at any time, but Brentford’s Ollie Watkins is the most likely to score at 13/8.
In only two of the last 10 Wembley finals has the tie been decided in extra time or penalties and tonight it’s 5/1 for either side to win in extra time and 3/1 for promotion to be decided by a dreaded shootout.
Match odds via BonusCodeBets
Fulham to win 21/10
To win promotion
To score anytime (first)
Aboubakar Kamara 11/4 (6/1)
Ollie Watkins 13/8 (7/2)
It truly is the calm before the storm under the arch as the managers face the media ahead of kick-off. The teams are starting to go through their preparations ahead of, what is for some of them the biggest match of their lives.
Scott Parker will hope to lead Fulham right back to the topflight whilst Brentford defender Henrik Dalsgaard revealed the song that he hopes will spur them on to promotion.
26 goals, three assists, a defender’s nightmare. Ollie Watkins has been a revelation for the Bees this season as he quickly adapted to the striker role.
He starts up front alongside Brentford’s infamous ‘BMW’ completed by Said Benrahma and Bryan Mbeumo.
Star striker Aleksander Mitrovic is only named on the bench after his race against time for fitness.
He won the Championship’s golden boot award with a whopping 26 goals in the regular season. The Fulham faithful will be keeping their fingers crossed he is able to come on for a cameo after he missed both semi-final matches against Cardiff.
There may be no fans at under the arch, but Wembley Stadium still has a special aura on nights like these for football’s richest game.
Brentford XI: Raya, Dalsgaard, Janson, Pinnott, Henry, Jensen, Norgaard, Dasilva, Benrahma, Watkins, Mbeumo.
Subs: Daniels, Canos, Valencia, Marcondes, Dervisoglu, Jeanvier, Fosu, Zamburek, Roerslev.
Fulham XI: Rodak, Odoi, Hector, Ream, Bryan, Cairney, Reed, Kamara, Onamha, Kebano, De Cordova Reid.
Subs: Bettenelli, Sessegnon, Christie, Le Marchand, McDonald, Johansen, Knockhaert, Cavaleiro, Mitrovic.
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