Bournemouth ended the regular part of the season in the 6th spot and is approaching this first leg of the playout phase shaken a bit, as they were in three matches losing streak prior to this one.
In their last match at home against underdogs from Stoke, they appeared quite passive and suffered a 0:2 loss, not using the huge ball possession advantage which they had during the whole encounter.
As mentioned, they conceded two in total, over Forrester in the 36th and Smith in the 52nd, but this match had no competitive signature, so their poor appearance was understandable to a certain level.
Midfielders Stanislas (35/10) and Cook (31/1) are injured and out for the hosts.
Brentford showed the most out of the four squads that are currently in a battle for the Premier League, ending the season in 3rd place, having four points less than Watford, which grabbed a direct promotion.
In their last away clash against Bristol City, they left no room for surprises, as they took a routine 1:3 victory.
After a goalless first part, the guests completely took over control and scored three in the second, allowing the home side only a comforting one in the last minutes of the encounter.
They miss defender Dalsgaard (35/2), plus forward Dasilva (30/5). Defender Henry (30/1) will probably play in the end being doubtful for now.
Bournemouth vs Brentford H2H
24.04.21 Bournemouth vs Brentford 0 : 1
30.12.20 Brentford vs Bournemouth 2 : 1
21.02.15 Brentford vs Bournemouth 3 : 1
The better impression so far
Surely enough, both sides will do their best in the upcoming clash, as there is simply too much at stake, but overly looking, Brentford is appearing with more confidence lately, and in my opinion, has the upper hand in this one.
However, the shire importance of the clash can lift the hosts a bit, and even though I question their positive result, a draw certainly remains a possibility here.