Brentford vs BournemouthEnglish Championship, KO: 12:30 May 22, 2021, Brentford Community Stadium
BRENTFORD and Bournemouth reconvene for the second-leg of their English Championship play-off semi-final at the Brentford Community Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Arnaut Danjuma's second-half goal earned Bournemouth a narrow 1-0 victory over Brentford at the Vitality Stadium on Monday, on a night where our man Mark Walker delivered another profitable match preview.
That win has increased the Cherries chances of making an instant return to the top of English football but there is still work to do if they are to progress to the final.
Brentford found themselves in this position last season but went on to overturn a first-leg deficit to seal their passage to the Wembley showpiece.
What's more, Thomas Frank's troops were toppled in just seven of their 46 league games during the regular season, losing only twice at their Greater London base.
Indeed, the Bees hold the record for play-off failures with nine unsuccessful attempts, but they could use that as fuel in their pursuit to finally reach the promised land.
Brentford have avoided defeat in each of their last eight home matches and the hosts head into this crunch clash as even-money favourites with Bet 365.
Bournemouth have triumphed in four of their last five English Championship road trips but the south coast side are the unfancied underdogs here at 14/5 with UniBet, with the draw also deemed unlikely at 5/2 with the same firm.
Brentford will have to go for broke at some point in this make-or-break match-up and they will naturally turn towards their talisman Ivan Toney for inspiration.
Toney has scored a record-breaking 31 Championship goals this term and he is 7/2 with UniBet to open scoring on Saturday.
Indeed, that price makes plenty of appeal, however, I'm more attracted to the 11/10 on offer with the same firm for the Bretford forward to notch at anytime this weekend.
Brentford finished the regular season as the English Championships top scorers, with a goals for tally of 79, and their latest crown jewel contributed to a whopping 39% of that total.
With that in mind, coupled with Brentford's greater need for goals here, I'm more than happy to back the aforementioned Toney to get on the scoresheet on Saturday.
It's also worth noting that nine of Toney's strikes this season have come from the penalty spot and that train of thought could see value lie with the 7/2 on offer with PaddyPower for the Bees forward to repeat the trick this weekend.
I'll also dip into the player card market and take the 7/4 on offer UniBet with for Bournemouth midfielder Jefferson Lerma to be booked.
The combative Columbian has already clocked up 13 cards this term and he looks like a prime candidate to add to that tally as the Cherries aim to preserve their slender advantage.
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