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Having reached the Championship play-off final after semi-final victories over Swansea and Cardiff respectively, west London neighbours Brentford and Fulham will face off for a place in next season’s Premier League.

Ahead of Tuesday’s Championship play-off final, Scott Minto and pundit Andy Hinchcliffe discussed the Wembley showpiece alongside EFL reporter Jonathan Oakes

“Brentford’s high tempo start basically blew Swansea away in the second leg. It was half an hour of the best football I’ve seen them play. They’ve shown character and ability to bounce back under pressure; they’ve just experienced it and come through it. If they play like that against Fulham, no team in the Championship would be able to cope with them.

“I think Brentford go into the final in a better frame of mind. There is enough experience in that Fulham side to get themselves feeling good about themselves. If you look at the regular-season games, Brentford won both without conceding and Thomas Frank used the Fulham game plan against Fulham.

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“They can play 4-3-3 but when Fulham get into their rhythm, they’ll get into 4-5-1 and look to spring on the counter. If they can repeat those performances, there’s no reason they can’t win the final and get to the Premier League. It’s a really interesting game.

“If you are Scott Parker, you are going to show them the play-off final, when they got promoted. Brentford are going to give Fulham a very different game to Villa. It was only counter attacks for Villa and they just couldn’t get a touch on the ball. If Brentford produce their A game, Fulham are going to have to step up.

“I’m going to go with Brentford based on what I saw in the second leg and the ability to chop and change their system; I’d choose to play for them because of the multitude of issues they cause teams. But we know all it takes is one stellar performance and you can win the game and having been there before, there’s every possibility that Fulham could do it.”

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