Tip Bournemouth - Brentford
Bournemouth are seeking a return to the Premier League at the first time of asking and after seeing Norwich and Watford secure automatic promotion slots they will want to join in the party. They will be starting off their promotion playoffs with a home game against Brentford in the semis on Monday. Bournemouth must improve on their finish in the regular season, having lost each of their final three matches and failing to score in them too. The poor finish saw them drop to sixth at the close of the season. It may be argued that they were saving the best for the playoffs, especially after seven straight wins before that, but that’s hard to tell for now. They head here with two straight losses at home and one of them was against Brentford. Bournemouth may have registered 13 wins in their 23 home matches in the Championship but apart from their first seven home games, they struggled to stay consistent.
Brentford are in the playoffs for the second straight season; last season they advanced to the final but lost to Fulham at Wembley despite being firm favorites then. They will sure have that at the back of their minds going to this game. Brentford must be the biggest opponents of the playoff system, having failed to advance through it on eight occasions across the tiers of English football. They will hope to be lucky this time as they look to decades out of top flight football. Brentford finished three places above Bournemouth, and 10 points clear, which should see them assume the favorites tag going to this semi final clash. They will be even more favored by having beaten Bournemouth home and away in the regular season. While Bournemouth carry a losing run to this game, Brentford will be seeking to add to a four-game winning run and they are unbeaten in 12 matches. Their away form is also not bad, having won 12 of the 23 played in the regular season.
Key points Bournemouth - Brentford
Bournemouth have three straight losses.
Brentford have four straight wins.
Bournemouth have no win over Brentford in three straight meetings.
Brentford are unbeaten in their last 12 matches.
Conclusion Bournemouth - Brentford
Brentford have the better run of form between these two sides and they were the highest finishers among teams in the playoffs. They face the lowest finishers in the season and will be looking to add to their woes after three straight losses. Brentford have a good run against Bournemouth too, and we are backing them for a win here.
Bournemouth Brentford Prediction published on May 16, 2021