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Brentford and Fulham Meet with £130m On The Line in Football’s Richest Game


For the last 15 years or so now, the richest game in football has not been the Champions League Final, the World Club Cup Final or even the World Cup Final. Instead, the game that has had most at stake financially for both teams, has not even been contested by teams in a top division of any league. That’s because the Championship Playoff Final is the richest game in football.

The reason why is simple. The money on offer from gaining promotion to the Premier League for one season is astonishing. For Fulham, who have only been in the Championship one season, it would mean a cash influx of around £135 million. For Brentford, who have never been in the Premier League before, it would be an even greater reward with an estimate of promotion being worth £160m to the Bees.

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With not just a place in the Premier League, but the long term future security of both clubs on the line tonight, it is a massive game and so let’s take a look at the two teams that have battled through the playoffs to compete in it.

Championship Playoff Final

Brentford v Fulham

Records and Past Performances

  • Games Played – 60
  • Brentford Wins – 22
  • Fulham Wins – 21
  • Draws – 17

Championship Finishing Positions

  • Brentford – 3rd Place Finish – 81 Points +42 Goal Difference.
  • Fulham – 4th Place Finish – 81 Points +16 Goal Difference

Results This Season

  • Fulham 0-2 Brentford
  • Brentford 1-0 Fulham

The data tends to show that these two teams are well matched both this season, in terms of points won, and also over time. However, in recent time it is Brentford who have had the better of this game, winning six of the last eleven games between the teams, whereas Fulham have managed just one win over that period and that came back in 2016. Brentford have scored 19 goals to Fulham’s nine in those games.

When the teams met this season in the Championship, Brentford were winners on both occasions and Fulham did not find the scoresheet in either game, something they will have to rectify if they are to beat Brentford at Wembley tonight.

The Road to Wembley

Brentford

  • Semifinal 1st Leg – V Swansea City (A)– L 0-1
  • Semifinal 2nd Leg – V Swansea City (H) – W 3-1 (Watkins 11, Marcondes 15, Mbuemo 46)

Brentford win 3-2 on aggregate

Fulham

  • Semifinal 1st Leg – V Cardiff City (A) – W 2-0 (Onomah 49, Kebano 90)
  • Semifinal 2nd Leg – V Cardiff City (H) – L 1-2 (Kebano 9)

Fulham win 3-2 on aggregate

Squads

Brentford – Managed by Thomas Frank

Goalkeepers – David Raya, Patrik Gunnarsson, Luke Daniels

Defenders – Dom Thompson, Rico Henry, Ethan Pinnock, Pontus Janssen, Henrik Dalsgaard, Julien Janvier, Mads Bech Sorensen, Luka Racic, Mads Roerslev

Midfielders – Dru Yearwood, Christian Norgaard, Sergi Canos, Mathias Jensen, Said Benrahma, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Josh DaSilva, Joel Valencia, Emiliano Marcondes, Bryan Mbuemo, Tariq Fosu, Shandon Baptiste, Jan Zamburek

Attackers – Nikos Karelis, Ollie Watkins, Marcus Forss, Halil Dervisoglu

Key Player – Ollie Watkins

Having scored 25 goals this season as the main striker in Brentford’s BMW strikeforce (Benrahma, Marcondes, Watkins) Ollie Watkins has become one of the best strikers outside the Premier League and his goals and physicality have been key for Brentford this season.

Fulham – Managed by Scott Parker

Goalkeepers – Marcus Bettinelli, Marek Rodak, Jordan Archer

Defenders – Michael Hector, Denis Odoi, Alfie Mawson, Tim Ream, Maxime Le Marchand, Cyrus Christie, Joe Bryan, Steven Sessegnon

Midfielders – Kevin McDonald, Neeskens Kabano, Stefan Johansen, Tom Cairney, Harry Arter, Harrison Reed, Josh Onomah, Luca de la Torre

Attackers – Aleksandar Mitrovic, Bobby Decordova-Reid, Ivan Cavaleiro, Antony Knockaert, Aboubakar Kamara

Key Player – Aleksandar Mitrovic

The 26-goal striker has been missing through injury for Fulham throughout the playoffs, but there is a chance he could be fit for tonight’s game for Fulham which would be a massive boost for the Cottagers.

Championship Playoff Top Tips

Full Time Result – Draw – 9/4 with bet365.

Athough Brentford have had the better of recent fixtures, I think Fulham having Aleksandar Mitrovic back, plus the fact they have more experience in games like this, as well as Premier League experience, just gives them a slight edge in that area to counter Brentford’s more free-flowing attacking football. I can see this one finishing in a score draw and needing extra time and maybe even penalties to decide the winner.

Correct Score – Brentford 1-1 Fulham – 5/1 with bet365.

Anytime Goalscorer – Ollie Watkins (Brentford) – 5/4 with bet365.