Brentford, a year later at Wembley for the rematch

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.

Ivan Toney (February 17, 2021) – Photo by Sky Sport Football twitter

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