Yes, it’s cliche, but the play-off final is truly the “richest game in football” with the victor securing a lucrative spot in the Premier League. With so much at stake, play-off final betting appeals to football fans worldwide, and we’ll explore some options below.
Wembley stadium is the battleground for the two teams fighting to make it into the Premier League fold this Tuesday. A west London affair, the Championship play-off final will pit Brentford against Fulham. As the last domestic English fixture before the restart of the Champions League, eyes up and down the country will be firmly fixed on this last-ditch effort for promotion.
Join us as we get into the nitty-gritty of this fixture and provide you with some exciting Championship play-off betting options for this 4 August final.
After 46 gruelling games, a record of 24 wins, nine draws, and 13 losses throughout the 19/20 EFL Championship, Brentford finished the season in third place. With a tally of 81 points – equal with their final play-off opponents Fulham – the Bees finished well ahead of their semi-final rivals.
As a side very much on the up, Brentford breezed past Swansea in the play-off semi-final, beating them twice over two legs, 1-0 away and 3-1 at home. With the club looking like it has secured the pieces it needs for future success, including a new Brentford Community Stadium, the turn of the decade could signal a new era for the Bees. One which may include Premier League football for the first time in their history.
In order to reach the promised land of top-flight football, they must overcome a strong Fulham side, experienced in play-off qualification and well-versed with reaching the top-tier of English football. Brentford fans will have a lot of confidence going into their Tuesday fixture knowing that their side achieved two victories over the Cottagers this season, without conceding a single goal.
Manager Thomas Frank will hope to once again turn Fulham’s game plan on itself, employing the help of his lead striker Ollie Watkins. Looking to secure his 27th goal for his side, the English striker is at 7/5 (2.40) to be an anytime goalscorer come 4 August.
After being dragged down to the Championship depths following a miserable 18/19 Premier League campaign, Fulham have steadied the ship and maintained course amongst the promotional mix for the duration of the season.
Keeping hold of key players like Aleksander Mitrovic and Tom Cairney, while adding substantial additions such as Anthony Knockaert, has played a crucial role, enabling the Cottagers to win plaudits for playing some great football. Now on the verge of redemption, Fulham face a Brentford team against which they have failed to score a single goal in their previous two meetings.
Bouncing back into the Premier League has huge ramifications for any club, both in terms of finance and club stature, but for a club like Fulham, it arguably means more. Having established themselves as a Premier League club at the turn of the millennium, Fulham have become somewhat of a yo-yo club in recent years. This fixture represents a chance to get back to where their fans feel they belong.
Attention will be heavily focussed on Aleksandar Mitrovic to score the Fulham’s first goal of the season against their opponents, with his chances of banging in a goal calculated at 19/10 (2.90).
Brentford are favourites to secure the final place into the Premier League at 16/15 (2.07) to win, with Fulham measuring up at 53/20 (3.65).
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