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Match Preview: Brentford vs Fulham

The lowdown on tonight's Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final at Wembley

4 August 2020

The stage is set perfectly for tonight's Sky Bet Championship Play-Off final as we take on Fulham at Wembley for a place in the top tier of English football. Below you will find all the details ahead of the biggest of West London derbies.

THE OPPOSITION

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Level on points at the end of the 46 game season, both then progressing through 3-2 on aggregate in the Play-Off Semi-Finals, there's not been much to separate us and our West London rivals this campaign.

The Whites looked to have the job done against Cardiff City after their 2-0 first leg victory in South Wales but Neil Harris' side gave Fulham more than their fair share of nervy moments at Craven Cottage last Thursday. As it turned out, Neeskens Kebano's first-half goal did the trick as, despite a 2-1 defeat on home soil, Scott Parker's side booked their spot at Wembley. 

The Whites have previous under the Wembley arch, beating Aston Villa 1-0 in the 2017/18 Play-Off final to book their spot back in the top flight. 

THE MANAGER

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Fulham Chairman Shahid Khan named Scott Parker Caretaker Manager in February 2019, and Parker impressed sufficiently in the role to be named permanent Head Coach prior to the final game of the Premier League season. After replacing Claudio Ranieri in what was initially an interim capacity, Parker oversaw an upturn in form which included three consecutive clean sheets and wins in April, which saw him nominated for Manager of the Month.

As a player, Parker began his career at Charlton Athletic, making 145 appearances before moving to Chelsea. After a two-year stay at Stamford Bridge, Parker took in spells with Newcastle United, West Ham United, and Tottenham Hotspur before spending the final four years of his career at Craven Cottage. That career also saw the midfielder pick up 18 caps for England. 

TEAM NEWS

Thomas Frank has a full squad to pick from for tonight's Play-Off final with everybody coming through Wednesday's Second Leg win over Swansea City.

Scott Parker declared yesterday that Fulham had a fully-fit group meaning top scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic has recovered from the hamstring issue that kept him out of both legs against Cardiff City. Neeskens Kebano went off injured on Thursday night but is now expected to be available. 

PRE-MATCH VIEWS

🆚 Fulham Programme Editor Tom Harvey previews tonight's game 

⚖ Martin Atkinson will be the man in charge

THOMAS' THOUGHTS

BUILD-UP

LAST TIME OUT

HOW TO FOLLOW

Tonight's game will not be available for Season Ticket Holders and Match Ticket Purchasers. However, audio match passes are available for the game with commentary starting at 7.15pm.

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