Saturday afternoon Brentford will return to Wembley after about a year , at the same time and the same goal: promotion to the Premier League . Obviously, the opponent will not be the same, no derby as in the past season with Fulham, but a match with the Swansea Welsh .
The final of last season
The Brentford reached the final after overcoming Swansea in the semifinals, narrow defeat in Wales and victory with two advantage to networks Griffin Park ; the Cottagers, on the other hand, reach the final by winning Cardiff with a double advantage and losing to Craven Cottage.
On August 4th and unfortunately without an audience the final is played at Wembley, in the final ninety minutes the race does not unlock, therefore extra time is needed in which Fulham scores first and twice: Joe Bryan signs both goals, hero of the day at his first scoring of the season; the Bees shorten the distance a few minutes from the end with a header by Henrik Dalsgaard that does not change the outcome of the match, decreeing victory and promotion to the Premier League for Fulham.
Continuity in the Bees staff
The formation that took to the field in last year’s final, arranged by the current manager Thomas Frank , is only partially different from the one that will be able to field in Saturday’s with Swansea ; many departures, many of which are thick.
Continuity, however, in midfield where both Mathias Jensen , Christian Nörgaard and Josh Dasilva are currently available for Saturday’s match, although Dasilva has been little busy this season mainly due to an injury. The defense is also the same as this season, although the Manager opted for a three-man line-up in front of goalkeeper Raya Martin , while last season the setting included
The biggest news are instead present in the attack department, compared to the starting lineup of last year in fact it is no longer in the squad nor the top scorer Ollie Watkins , who moved to Aston Villa and not even the playmaker Saïd Benrahma , now in the Hammers team.
If the attack is the department that has had the most variations, it is the same department that has given the greatest impetus to the season, thanks to the arrival of Ivan Toney, top scorer in the Championship and one of the strongest players in the entire category.
In the last few races alongside him have alternated Bryan Mbeumo , also present last year; Emiliano Marcondes present in the second leg semifinal and also Marcus Forss and Tariqe Fosu present from the first minute in the first leg semifinal.
The continuity of the protagonists, including the Manager, combined with the decisive novelty of Ivan Toney , are the components on which Brentford rests its desire for revenge compared to the last final; the Bees are determined not to miss the goal, doing it for two consecutive years would be a joke, perhaps not deserved, even if in Wales they will certainly think the opposite.
By Gianluca Urgnani