After qualifying for the play-offs in one of the most dramatic circumstances in decades, Swansea will now be looking to make most of the opportunity and put on a good fight against Brentford.
The Swans picked up a 4-1 win over Reading on the final day of the season which on its own wasn’t enough to take them into sixth-place.
However, with Nottingham Forest losing 4-1 to Stoke on their own turf, the six-goal deficit was overturned in Swansea’s favour, pushing them above Forest into the last available play-off place on goal difference.
Brentford were arguably the only side more depressed than Forest after the final round of fixtures in the Championship. Thomas Frank’s side would have guaranteed themselves an automatic place in the Premier League with a win over Barnsley however, a 2-1 loss at Griffin Park shattered their ambitions.
The two teams now meet in the first semi-final of these play-offs with Swansea priced at 14/5 and Brentford available at 21/20.
The bookmakers consider the London outfit as the favourites and that does provide us with an opportunity to take them on.
Recent results have seen a clear momentum switch in favour of the Welsh side. Swansea have now won their last two games and they’ll be filled with confidence after pulling off that sensational last-gasp play-off qualification.
Brentford, on the other hand, may have recently enjoyed an eight-match winning run however, their last two games have ended in defeats and confidence is likely to be at an all time low.
The Bees could almost smell Premier League football and for that to be taken away in such dramatic fashion must take its toll.
With this in mind, our recommendation is to take on the bookmakers and back the Swans to take the lead in this semi-final contest.
Swansea have won six of their last eight home games against Brentford and they’re more than capable of extending that good run.
*All prices correct at time of writing and are subject to change