BRENTFORD are taking on Swansea at Wembley with a place in the Premier League up for grabs.
The Bees were beaten at this stage last season and will hope to go one further after battling past Bournemouth in an epic semi-final.
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Swansea meanwhile saw off a spirited Barnsley and are hoping for a return to the top-flight after a three-season absence.
What time does Brentford vs Swansea kick off?
- This season's Championship playoff final will be held on Saturday, May 29 – TODAY.
- Kick-off is at 3pm BST.
- The sides have met twice in the league this season, with both matches ending in 1-1 draws.
What TV channel is Brentford vs Swansea on and can I live stream it?
- You can catch all of the action live on Sky Sports Main Event.
- Coverage begins at 2pm.
- If you're not a Sky customer, grab a NOW TV pass to stream on your mobile, tablet or PC.
What is the team news?
Marcus Forss is pushing for a start after scoring off the bench against Bourneouth.
Aside from Christian Norgaard, the Bees have no fresh injury concerns ahead of another trip to Wembley.
The Swans are also in good shape with Steve Cooper taking a fully-fit sqad to the Home of Football.
- Brentford to win – 17/20
- Draw – 23/10
- Swansea victory – 7/2
- Bees to be promoted – 4/11
- Swansea to reach Premier League – 15/8
*All odds from Paddy Power and correct at time of publication.
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DRE READY TO RUMBLE
Andre Ayew says Swansea are determined to seize their Premier League chance today.
The Swans will return to the top flight after three years away if they win this afternoon, but lost to Brentford at the semi-final stage last season.
“We’re very happy to be able to have a shot,” said Ayew.
“We’re very glad for the club, for the fans, the whole squad and technical team.
“The city’s happy, the city deserves to be in the Premier League and we’re going to do everything [we can] to get the club back there. We need to be strong.”
Ayew’s £80,000-a-week Swansea contract expires after the final.
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Brentford have taken part in a record nine play-off campaigns without being promoted, including losing four finals.
They were beaten by rivals Fulham at this stage last season, but defender Henrik Dalsgaard is confident his side will fare better this time around.
“One time has to be the first and that’s going to be on Saturday,” the 31-year-old Dane said.
“We try to focus on ourselves, but I honestly believe that if we hit our top level then we are going to be really, really hard to beat.
“Obviously there is an opponent but if we make it right, I’m sure we will make it.
“The vibe in the squad is different this year. It just feels more relaxed and calm.
“This is why we play football – to play the big decisive games.
“It’s a bit like the World Cup. You want to play those games, that’s where the fun is.”
Brentford finished third in the Championship table for the second consecutive season and are aiming to end their 74-year absence from the top flight against the Swans.
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Brentford will check on Christian Norgaard ahead of today’s game. The midfielder dropped out of the second leg of their semi-final win over Bournemouth after sustaining an injury in the warm-up.
Left-back Rico Henry (hamstring) and midfielders Josh Dasilva and Shandon Baptiste are all out.
Swansea will be without forward Wayne Routledge. The veteran suffered a knee injury during the second leg of their semi-final win over Barnsley.
The 36-year-old may be sidelined until December. And, with his contract expiring at the end of the season, he could well have played his last game for the Swans.
“I’m not 16, 17, 18 anymore. I can’t play football forever, I’m very aware of that,” he said recently.
Routledge’s first game in senior football was in October 2001 when, aged 16, he came on for Crystal Palace against West Brom.
“I’m approaching the time where there are different aspects of your life that you have to consider,” Routledge said.
“My family are my priority. They take the number one seat.
“For me it’s figuring out what’s best to do with my family at present and going forward. When I figure that out, that’s when we’ll get to a decision [on my future] probably.”
Routledge was signed for Swansea by Brendan Rodgers from Newcastle in 2011.
“I came here and people would say I was a relative nomad, been here, there and everywhere,” Routledge said.
“But the place has been great for me. I’m proud of the fact I’ve had that longevity here.”
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GOOD AFTERNOON FROM WEMBLEY
It’s the Championship play-off final! Brentford face Swansea where £178m and a place in the Premier League awaits the winners.
Both clubs will also have 5,000 fans present – and the sun’s out as well.
Bees boss Thomas Frank believes it will be a closely fought encounter today.
“It will be a tight game which will go down to the finest of margins,” Frank said this week.
“It’s very important we do everything we can to be brave and make sure that when we look back, we don’t regret anything.”
Swans gaffer Steve Cooper said victory would mean everything for the Welsh club as they seek a top-flight return after three years away.
“The club has been there before, long before I was here, and that journey was a special one,” he said.
“Then it was taken away through relegation, the club has had to re-establish itself with a different identity and rebuild.
“We’ve got to this last game of the season and given ourselves a 50-50 chance of winning. It’s something we’ve got to really go for.
“It would mean everything to the city and everything to the club, and everyone’s aware of that.
“It’s a massive motivation for us to get the job done.
We’ll have confirmation of today’s teams shortly plus lots more build-up ahead of the 3pm kick-off.
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