Brentford will face Fulham tonight in the Championship play-off final at Wembley, as the two West London clubs fight for a lucrative Premier League spot next season.
For Brentford, securing a top spot would be a historic moment having not been at the highest level in English football since the 1940s, and coinciding with the club’s move to a new stadium next season. They have played brilliant football at times this season under coach Thomas Frank and have beaten Fulham twice, but Scott Parker has a well-trained Fulham squad that matches Brentford for Championship points and has several players who are come here and have done it before.
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52 min: Benrahma recovers the ball on the left and slaloms into the box before getting a shot. He’s stuck, and there are a few moderate calls for handball, but again, the referee isn’t interested.
49 min: Dasilva heads off to the right and falls under a slippery challenge from Bryan. The Brentford players ask for a free kick, but the midfielder appears to come down without any contact, and Atkinson kicks a goal instead.
48 min: So close! Fulham’s bench thinks it’s gone, but Kebano’s curling free-kick finds the side net, with Raya fully extended to his left.
47 min: A free kick early in the second half in a dangerous position for Fulham as Henry slams Cordova-Reid on the edge of the box. A few players in white shirts stand over the kick…
There is certainly room for improvement in the second half.
45 + 1 min: There will be one minute of extra time.
44 min: The game got a little cautious towards the end of the first half, although that doesn’t mean there was negativity or caution. These are two very organized teams off the ball, both of which are pressing high and making smooth passing difficult.
40 min: Odoi charges forward from the right-back, not followed by Benrahma. Fortunately for Brentford, the Belgian’s strike from the edge of the box is pierced directly against a defender.
38 min: A lull in the game as half-time draws closer. Brentford has improved since the drink break, but Fulham still appear to be the most composed of the teams.
34 min: Mbeumo heads for a cross on the way to Watkins, who challenges with Rodak and knocks the ball out of the goalkeeper’s hands. The whistle sounded before the Brentford man could tap into an empty net.
29 min: Benrahma does superbly to drift into space, then cross Fulham’s midfield with a sharp pass. Dasilva then tries to play Watkins, but Hector reads him well and intercepts him.
26 min: To close! Hector must be vigilant to put his head on a bad center and take the ball from Mbeumo, lurking at the back of the post. This brings the drink break.
24 min: Henry advances to the left and lifts a cross towards Mbeumo, whose head passes over the bar.
22 min: Brentford faces a few turns, the second of which is pulled back to Cairney and dangerously whipped. This is an important fate for the bees to survive unscathed.
20 min: Cordova-Reid’s direct play, drifting from the left, passes a few players, then slams a shot towards the goal. The ball deflects over the bar and behind for a corner kick.
19 min: Fulham is starting to take control now after a slow start. Onomah is at the heart of it all, while Cairney sets the pace of the game in midfield.
17 min: To close! Onomah, who looks really confident, receives the ball in the box with his back to goal, turns around and shoots a low shot to the bottom corner. Raya descends to his right and makes a solid stop.
When is it and what time is the kick-off?
The match kicks off at 7.45 p.m. on Tuesday 4 August at Wembley.
How can I watch it online and on TV?
The match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event. Subscribers can watch on the Sky Go app.
If you are not a Sky customer, you can get a NOWTV day pass to watch without a subscription.