What is it?
They call it the richest game in football, worth £170 million to the winner because of promotion to the Premier League. And it’s between Brentford and Fulham at Wembley – an all-west London final.
When is it?
Tuesday, August 4.
What time is kick-off?
What TV channel is it on?
Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football from 7pm.
How did each team reach the final?
Championship 2019/20 final standings (top six)
Championship play-off semi-finals, first leg
- Swansea City 1 Brentford 0
- Cardiff City 0 Fulham 2
Championship play-off semi-finals, second leg
- Brentford 3 Swansea City 1
- Fulham 1 Cardiff City 2
What is the latest team news?
Serbia international Aleksandar Mitrovic missed Fulham’s semi-final victory over Cardiff with a hamstring strain, which could also put his participation in Tuesday’s final in doubt.
More to follow…
What are they saying?
Thomas Frank vowed to celebrate Brentford reaching the Championship play-off final, but insisted the job is not done yet:
“We were very irritated after the game over there. My adrenaline never stopped until after this game.
“We talked about not coming off the pitch without reaching the final. The message was we needed to start faster than we ever had before and we did that.
“It was nervy. At 3-0 we should just ease through, or potentially score the fourth goal. We made a mistake we shouldn’t make.
“Of course I’m extremely pleased and happy. It’s a very nice moment. I will celebrate tonight with a glass of red because we have achieved something good. But we will go to the final to win it. “
Scott Parker believes Fulham will need to repeat the hard-nosed mental “ingredient” that saw them past Cardiff to beat Brentford and reach the Premier League:
“We’ll need the ingredient I saw at times tonight, and that ingredient is a real mentality about you, that when the going gets tough; technical ability, what qualities you have, go right out the window.
“There’s always points in football matches that have nothing to do with tactics, nothing to do with technique, and are all a mindset and an understanding of the moment.
“It becomes an understanding that ‘I need something to fall back on’, and tonight was a prime example of that in the second half.
“In the first half our technical ability, our shape, our precision and tactics all had us in a good position. But the second half had nothing to do with that.
“And it was that moment that was not about quality or technique or ability, it was about just doing what you’ve got to do to win a football match, get through this game, and we did that.
“That’s constantly my message to this team. And that’s what we’ll need again in the final.”
What are the best odds?
- Brentford to win 23/20
- Draw 5/2
- Fulham to win 14/5
What’s our prediction?
Just four-and-a-half miles separate these two clubs, who finished third [Brentford] and fourth [Fulham] in the regular season. Their counter-attacking styles of play, which produced goals aplenty in the regular season, should make for an attractive final. Experience may count in the end, and Fulham have been here before.
Predicted score: Brentford 1 Fulham 2