Written by Connor Williams
After a season that must feel like a lifetime to most with the league suspensions, we now find ourselves waiting for the Championship Play-off final.
Seen as the richest game of Football, the money both these clubs will receive from not just winning the game but also TV revenue in the Premier League is astronomical.
Fulham will look to avenge their poor season last time they were in the top flight, whereas, Brentford look forward to joining the Premier League for the first time in 73 years.
Both teams are strong with incredibly good players, today we’ll be looking at a few players who are worth keeping an eye on.
Ollie Watkins – Brentford
The first player on the list is non-other than Brentford striker Ollie Watkins, the 24-year-old has been on sensational form for the Bees all season.
Watkins has managed to score 26 goals this season and chip in with three assists.
The young man is the joint highest scorer in the Championship, with Aleksander Mitrovic also on 26 goals, meaning if either score they’ll also receive the golden boot.
Watkins has mainly played as the central striker in Thomas Franks 4-3-3, although he is versatile enough to play on the left-wing and cut inside onto his stronger foot.
The ex Exeter City man is known for being quite a ruthless finisher, along with his speed and build he will be a tough task for Fulham to keep quite.
He is known for his key passes too has Brentford have shown they like to play a very possessive game and is frequently involved with the build-up play and his ability to play off people.
If Fulham hope to keep Brentford’s front man quiet they’ll have to employ a risky tactic of using the offside trap.
Offsides have been one of Watkins weaknesses as he’s been caught 55 times, that averages to being offside 1.1 times per game. That being said, he is a dangerous threat that Fulham must respect.
Aleksander Mitrovic – Fulham
The former Newcastle man is well-known for his time in the Premier League, many will remember him for being quite an intimidating opposition.
Mitrovic is very strong in the air and has been known to bully defenders for the ball.
The Serbian has won 4.6 of his aerial duels and has scored six headed goals this season.
As a Target man and deep-lying forward, one of his key strengths is his lay-off play and involvement in the build-up. Like his golden boot rival Watkins, Mitrovic is also known for being lethal in front of goal with his right foot.
He is going to be hard for Brentford’s Pontus Jansson to deal with and it is important there isn’t too many aerial duels for Mitrovic to be involved in.
The only real negative is his defensive contribution but seeing how he is a striker I cant see weakness mattering much, other than that his temperament. The Serb was lucky to not get a red card earlier on in the season for an elbow to the face of Leed’s Ben White.
Saïd Benrahma – Brentford
Along with Watkins, Benrahma is one of Brentford’s highest-rated players on average this season according to whoscored.com.
The winger has an average rating of 7.51 and has been instrumental in Brentford’s push for promotion. The Alegrian international has 17 goals and nine assists for the Bees.
Primarily a left winger he prefers to cut inside onto his stronger foot and has a preference for shooting from range.
Fulham’s defence will have to be wary as the 24-year-old likes to run at his opponents and is a highly rated dribbler, who can easily draw a foul.
Benrahma has been fouled on average 1.2 times a game, to add to the bad news for Fulham he is also a good set-piece taker and will look to punish them from freekicks.
The only real weakness is that he isn’t very defensively minded and doesn’t offer much support when defending, this is something Fulham could exploit as it would leave Brentford’s fullbacks with a lot of work.
Joe Bryan – Fulham
Our final player to keep an eye on is fullback Joe Bryan, the 26-year-old has had an impressive season with an average rating of 7.12 according to whoscored.com.
The fullback has assisted seven goals and averages 1.2 key passes a game. While both crossing and key passes are strengths to the fullbacks game, he is solid in defence too.
Not only can he keep the ball well but is a very good tackler of the ball. With only being dribbled past 0.7 times a game and 2.6 successful tackles a game it seems Brentford’s wingers will have to work extremely hard to get past him. Overall Bryan is a very good defender who will be a real pain during the final to run past, Brentford will be hoping for whatever reason he doesn’t bring his A-game.