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Brentford vs Fulham – EFL Championship play-off final: Live score, lineups and updates

Brentford and Fulham meet at Wembley this evening in the Championship play-off final for the last remaining spot in Premier League next season.

The Bees will be hoping to end their 73-year absence from the top-flight with a win this evening and earn £160m in prize money.

Scott Parker’s men will be keen to return to top-flight football after a promising season pushing for the automatic places before ultimately missing out to Leeds United and West Brom.

Sportsmail’s IEUAN IVETT will provide live Championship coverage of Brentford vs Fulham including score, lineups, build-up and post-result reactions. 

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Ollie Watins gets a sight of the Fulham goal but his effort goes wide. A promising start from the Bees in this extra time period. 

Extra time has begun. 30 more minutes in store.

After a goalless 90 minutes at Wembley, we are heading to extra-time with nothing to decide the Championship Play-Off final between Brentford and Fulham.

After a gruelling fixture schedule post-lockdown, the players will need to find any ounces of energy they have left for an extra 30 minutes under the arch.

It’s tight, it’s tense and it’s almost impossible to call a winner.

Aleksander Mitrovic is coming on for Bobby Decordova Reid. Fulham fans will be happy with that if this heads to extra-time.

There will be three added minutes. Extra time is looming.

A yellow card is shown to Mathias Jensen after he brought down Anthony Knockhaert as the Frenchman was chasing a through ball.

Josh Onomah has another go at Brentford’s goal with an audacious volley. His effort goes high but surely he could have taken it closer to the goal with no-one ahead of him?

CHANCE! Henrik Dalsgaard unleashes a powerful effort from 20 yards out but can’t find the target. Sergio Canos has come on for Josh Dasilva.

Anthony Knockhaert comes on for Fulham as he makes way for Neeskens Kebano. Aleksander Mitrovic is warming up.

Less than 15 minutes to go now with Premier League football on the line. 

Harrison Reed now has an effort from range but it goes high and wide. Both teams pushing as the clock is ticking. One moment could decide this. 

CHANCE! Ollie Watkins stings the hands of Marek Rodak after a fast-paced attack from Brentford. Ball goes out for a corner.

The substitute Emiliano Marcondes tries his luck from the set piece but it goes far too high. Drinks break.

Tom Cairney flies into Said Benrahma for a stone wall foul on the edge of the Fulham box. Careless from the captain.

As we approach the midway point of the second half with nothing to split these two, this moment could be a key talking point at the end of the match.

Harrison Reed was awarded a yellow card for this challenge, but many believe he could have been shown a red.

Michael Hector can’t guide his header goalwards after he beats Emiliano Marcondes to the ball from Joe Bryan’s corner.

Bryan Mbuemo, who has had a frustrating night, comes off for Emilano Marcondes. Thomas Frank’s side need to switch things up. 

CHANCE! Bobby De Cordova Reid should have done better as he has a snapshot half volley since the Brentford box. With chances coming at a premium the striker should have done more.

Brentford should have done more as a defensive mishap from Fulham allows them a counter attack. However, Josh Dasilva is too indecisive and the Cottagers make up for their mistake. The Bees are far from their usual potent form.

Fulham hold on strong as Said Benrahma tries to weave his way through to goal. The Brentford winger does well but the Cottagers deal with the danger.

SO CLOSE! It looked in, but it hit the side netting. Very close from the Fulham winger and a good start to the second half for Scott Parker’s side.

Chance here for Fulham. They have a free-kick on the edge of the box and we all know how good Neeskens Kebano is at these? 

We are back underway as both teams have 45 minutes to provide some magic that can take them to the topflight. 

The whistle has gone after a first half with very few chances for either side. Josh Onomah came the closest as he forced a top save from David Raya in the Brentford goal and the Cottagers will be more pleased with their first 45 minutes.

This game could explode into non-stop action in the second half as legs become more tired and players become more desperate for Premier League promotion.

Fulham have managed to keep Brentford’s infamous ‘BMW’ of Benrahma, Mbuemo and Watkins quiet. Scott Parker will be the happier of the two managers as half-time approaches. One minute added time.

The match remains evenly-poised as Denis Odoi struggles to get a shot off from 20 yards out for Fulham and then the Cottagers foul Ollie Watkins as Brentford look to form an attack. Five minutes left of the first-half.

Brentford come close as Ollie Watkins challenges for a high ball inside the box but clatters the Fulham goalkeeper. Free-kick to Fulham.

Harrison Reed goes into the book after a hard challenge on Christian Norgaard. Free-kick to Brentford inside Fulham’s half.

Back from the break. Fulham had some drinks whilst Thomas Frank gave a full university-style lecture to his team with props and demonstrations. 

Brentford almost have a great chance as Michael Hector stretches at the back post to save a potential goal for the Bees. The resulting corner goes straight into the side netting. Time for a drinks break.

Can you tell which one of the two managers is calmer after the first 20 minutes? Thomas Frank’s side are struggling as Fulham have picked up the pace. Scott Parker’s side have won another corner.

CHANCE! It’s Josh Onomah again. The attacker picks up the ball inside the box after a clever pass from Tom Cairney and his shot across the goalmouth is well saved by David Raya. Warning signs for Brentford.

After some good pressure an attacking play from Fulham, they win a corner through Neeskens Kebano. However, Brentford clear the danger well as the match remains evenly poised.

Both sides have settled into this match well so far. Brentford’s best chance came from a free-kick whilst Fulham’s Josh Onomah has been lively in the opening stages.

How have Fulham not even got a shot off there?! Fulham put on a high press as David Raya messes up his clearance. But Josh Onomah gets the ball stuck under his feet.

The free-kick comes to nothing as Bryan Mbeumo’s attempt hits the wall.

Good chance here for Brentford as Said Benrahma is fouled by Michael Hector on the edge of the box. Credit to Ollie Watkins, who fought hard to keep the Bees in possession.

CHANCE! Josh Onomah gets his first sight of the Brentford goal as Fulham counter attack. He strikes the ball cleanly but it is a rather easy save for David Raya.

Early pressure from Brentford. They win a free-kick inside Fulham’s half and it falls to Henrik Dalsgaard but his powerful effort is blocked.

Fulham get us underway at Wembley. 

The two sides are now out on the pitch ahead of football’s richest game. No more time to prepare. Kick-off is moments away.

Despite the match being played behind closed doors, Wembley is still looking incredible on this sunny Wednesday evening. 

This all-west London final is just around the corner.

Brentford are 4/7 to become the 50th different team to play in the Premier League tonight, while Fulham are 11/8 to return to the top flight at the first time of asking, according to betting analysts BonusCodeBets.

Aleksandr Mitrovic scored over 40% of Fulham’s goals in the league but is missing tonight. Aboubakar Kamara is Fulham’s best chance of getting a goal at 9/5 to find the net at any time, but Brentford’s Ollie Watkins is the most likely to score at 13/8.

In only two of the last 10 Wembley finals has the tie been decided in extra time or penalties and tonight it’s 5/1 for either side to win in extra time and 3/1 for promotion to be decided by a dreaded shootout.

Match odds via BonusCodeBets

90-minute result
Brentford 23/10
Fulham to win 21/10
Draw 11/4

To win promotion
Brentford 4/7
Fulham 11/8

To score anytime (first)
Aboubakar Kamara 11/4 (6/1)
Ollie Watkins 13/8 (7/2)

It truly is the calm before the storm under the arch as the managers face the media ahead of kick-off. The teams are starting to go through their preparations ahead of, what is for some of them the biggest match of their lives.

Scott Parker will hope to lead Fulham right back to the topflight whilst Brentford defender Henrik Dalsgaard revealed the song that he hopes will spur them on to promotion.

26 goals, three assists, a defender’s nightmare. Ollie Watkins has been a revelation for the Bees this season as he quickly adapted to the striker role.

He starts up front alongside Brentford’s infamous ‘BMW’ completed by Said Benrahma and Bryan Mbeumo.

Star striker Aleksander Mitrovic is only named on the bench after his race against time for fitness. 

He won the Championship’s golden boot award with a whopping 26 goals in the regular season. The Fulham faithful will be keeping their fingers crossed he is able to come on for a cameo after he missed both semi-final matches against Cardiff.

There may be no fans at under the arch, but Wembley Stadium still has a special aura on nights like these for football’s richest game.

Brentford XI: Raya, Dalsgaard, Janson, Pinnott, Henry, Jensen, Norgaard, Dasilva, Benrahma, Watkins, Mbeumo.

Subs: Daniels, Canos, Valencia, Marcondes, Dervisoglu, Jeanvier, Fosu, Zamburek, Roerslev.

Fulham XI: Rodak, Odoi, Hector, Ream, Bryan, Cairney, Reed, Kamara, Onamha, Kebano, De Cordova Reid.

Subs: Bettenelli, Sessegnon, Christie, Le Marchand, McDonald, Johansen, Knockhaert, Cavaleiro, Mitrovic.

Welcome to Sportmail’s comprehensive coverage of the Championship play-off final between Brentford and Fulham.

Stay tuned for the line-ups, build up and coverage from Wembley Stadium.

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