Match Preview: Brentford vs Fulham

Brentford have an opportunity to write a new chapter, for Fulham they stand on familiar ground, a place amongst football’s elite is at stake!

Just a few years ago the Bees were in the depths of League One, last day drama against Doncaster at Griffin Park was worlds away from what they have achieved in such little time as they stand 90 minutes away from the top flight.

Brentford waved goodbye to Griffin Park with a 3-1 win over Swansea last week thanks to goals by Ollie Watkins, Emiliano Marcondes and Bryan Mbeumo and have been a joy to watch this season narrowly missing out on automatic promotion after a 2-1 loss at the hands of Barnsley on the final day.

For Fulham they finished the season in 4th on the same points as Brentford but with a worse goal difference.

The Cottagers ended the season with a seven game unbeaten run with their last loss coming at the hands of Championship winners Leeds United.

After play off success in 2018, Fulham will be looking for redemption bouncing back up to the Premier League at the first attempt.

A big spending spree of over £100m could not stop the Cottagers from beating the drop down to the Championship last season as the club parted company with Slavisa Jokanovic and Claudio Ranieri.

Former Fulham, Tottenham and West Ham player Scott Parker was promoted from assistant manager to manager whilst the London club were still in the top flight.

Parker has moulded the squad to his ambition bringing in Anthony Knockaert and Ivan Cavaleiro from Brighton and Wolves alike.

Between the two sides, a total of 144 goals have been scored with the Bee’s scoring 80 of those. Brentford’s style and approach has been excellent this season.

A money-ball approach to the game of football, the Bee’s have took young hungry players often cast aside and turned them into a potential premier league side.

Thomas Frank’s 4-3-3 holding formation is one often used by teams in the Premier League, Manchester City and Liverpool have both used the same formation and it proves to be a high attacking formation.

Said Benrahma has been linked with a move to Chelsea, Arsenal and West Ham and has bagged 17 goals this season. Image Credit: Brentford FC

The front three duo at Brentford knows as BMW have dominated the squad with Watkins leading the way with 26 goals.

The front three have scored a total of 59 goals which means that 21 goals have come from other areas, this shows just how brutal the club can be in their attack.

For Fulham they will have Championship top scorer and former Newcastle man Aleksandar Mitrovic at their disposal after a spell on the side-lines. The 25 year old arrived at Craven Cottage on loan from Tyne side in 2018 before signing on a permeant deal.

He has scored a total of 49 goals in 92 games an average of 1.8 goals a match, both sides are known for their attacking football and Tuesday’s showdown at Wembley should be an entertaining affair!

Head to Head

This season Brentford have come out on top both times, keeping a clean sheet each time.

The first meeting at Griffin Park back in December saw Brentford come away 1-0 victors with Bryan Mbeumo scoring in the 22nd minute with Said Benhrama getting the assist.

Another brilliant defensive performance back in June saw the Bee’s come away 2-0 winners at Craven Cottage with Benrahma and Marcondes both getting on the scoresheet with Marcondes’s striker the pick of the two.

Predicted Line Ups:

Fulham XI (4-3-3): Rodak; Odoi, Hector, Ream, Bryan; Reed, Cairney, Onomah; Knockaert, Kebano, Mitrovic

Brentford XI (4-3-3): Raya; Dalsgaard, Jansson, Pinnock, Henry; Norgaard, Jensen, Dasilva; Benrahma, Mbuemo, Watkins