By News Team
4th August 2020
On Tuesday evening, Wembley will host a fierce west London derby as Brentford take on one of their closest rivals in Fulham in the Championship play-off final.
We preview the clash below, with both sides just one match away from securing promotion to the Premier League.
Watkins to inspire Brentford to victory?
Both Brentford and Fulham will be desperate to ensure that they are playing Premier League football when the league kicks off in September. But it’s Brentford who will feel that they are the favourites heading into this game, given they finished ahead of Fulham in the Championship this season in third place, narrowly missing out on automatic promotion by two points.
After a brilliant semi-final comeback against Swansea last week, they will be more confident than ever that this is their year. The Bees are the 6/5 favourites for victory on Tuesday inside the 90 minutes.
Thomas Frank’s team have been one of the most entertaining sides to watch outside of the top flight this season, with the west London outfit having scored the most amount of goals in the Championship throughout the 2019-20 season – and they can be backed at 22/1 to win 2-0, with the score 0-0 at half-time. A big part of their success this season has been Ollie Watkins, whose 26 goals this term means he is the joint-top scorer in the division. Watkins is available at the enhanced odds of 7/2 to score first on Tuesday night.
Fulham to bounce straight back up?
After a rather nervy affair with Cardiff in the semi-finals last week, Scott Parker’s Fulham side managed to get over the line and secure their place in Tuesday’s showpiece event. Fulham are no strangers to Wembley, with their last visit being in 2018 against Aston Villa in another Championship play-off final, in which they came out victorious and earned promotion to the Premier League.
Fulham will take heart from that performance and after being relegated from the Premier League last season, Parker’s side will be looking do everything they can to make sure they go straight back up at the first time of asking. Fulham are 13/5 to secure victory in the 90 minutes, while they can also be backed at the enhanced odds of 11/2 to score in both halves on Tuesday.
Although Brentford striker Watkins has had a brilliant season, Fulham will be hoping they can count once again on the recent goal-scoring form of Neeskens Kebano. The midfielder, who joined Fulham from Genk in 2016, is enjoying a purple patch in front of goal, having scored five times in his last five games for the west London club, including the crucial strike against Cardiff in the semi-final second leg.