Brentford vs Swansea City preview: Swans look to ruin Griffin Park finale with trip to play-off final at stake
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Brentford will face Swansea City in the second leg of their EFL Championship play-off semi-final at Griffin Park. The Swans hold a slender advantage after Andre Ayew scored eight minutes from time to give the Welsh side a 1-0-lead.

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  • Brentford hope to send Griffin Park out in style

After 116 years at Griffin Park, the second leg of this play-off final will mark the last competitive fixture at the ground and the tenth play-off contest at their long-time home as the Bees look to book a spot in the play-off final for the first time ever in the second tier.

  • Swansea looking to maintain perfect Championship play-off record

Swansea looks to close out Griffin Park, where they have an all-time record of nine wins, 21 losses and ten draws, with a win while they seek to keep their 100% record in the Championship play-offs intact, having won them the only other time they participated in 2011.

  • Team news

Left back Rico Henry successfully appealed his red card from the first leg and will be available for Thomas Frank while Emiliano Marcondes came off of the bench on Friday and may feature in the starting lineup for Brentford.

Swansea will be without the injured trio of Ben Wilmot, Joe Rodon and George Byers while Wayne Routledge is a doubt after a leg injury that forced him to miss the first leg. Kyle Naughton is available for selection after serving a three-match ban.

  • Predicted lineups

Brentford (4-3-3): Martin; Dalsgaard, Jansson, Pinnock, Rasmussen; Marcondes, Norgaard, Dasilva; Mbeumo, Watkins, Benrahma.

Swansea City (3-4-1-2): Mulder, Guehl, Hoorn, Cabango; Roberts, Grimes, Fulton, Bidwell; Gallagher; Ayew, Brewster.

  • Manager's comments

Despite trailing in the tie, Frank is confident Brentford will come up with a reply that will send the Bees to the play-off final.

"What's done is done", the Dane said. "We are 1-0 down going into the second half of this two-legged game, and I promise you the irritation and the determination in the dressing room is so high that we'll come flying out on Wednesday and I'm 100% sure we're going to win that game.

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"It's not going to be difficult at all [to lift his players]. You can see the fire in the eyes of the players. There was no heads dropped, just heads up and they are ready to go."

Swans boss Steve Cooper has said his side won't sit on their lead and play for a draw at Griffin Park. 

"We are going to treat the game as if it's 0-0", he said. "Of course a draw would be good, but we won't be playing for it. I don't know how you do that. It's not in our mentality to sit back. At times you have to manage games and sit back and see things out.

"That's part and parcel of football and getting over the line, but that's not the way we want to go."