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Championship Play-off Semi-Final First Leg Bet Builder Tips for Bournemouth vs Brentford & Barnsley vs Swansea

Bournemouth predictions

The Championship play-offs are always exciting and tonight the four teams take part in the first leg of their semi-final matches. We’ve got a bet builder tip from Bournemouth vs Brentford and Barnsley vs Swansea.

Bournemouth looked sure to bounce straight back to the Premier League at the start of the season but their good form faltered and in the end, they finished down in sixth place, meaning they play third-place finishers Brentford in the play-offs.

Barnsley host Swansea in the second fixture of the night, kicking off at 8.15pm. The Swans finished two points above Barnsley, who shocked everybody with their performances this season after being tipped for relegation by a lot of pundits.

The first legs of these matches are sometimes cagey, with neither side wanting to blow their chance of appearing at Wembley at this early stage, but there is some very good attacking talent on show across both the matches.

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Bournemouth vs Brentford Bet Builder Tip

These two sides are in very different form coming into tonight’s play-off first leg. Bournemouth lost their last three matches of the domestic season, while Brentford won their final four games. In Ivan Toney, they have the best striker in the division and he is tipped to get on the scoresheet tonight.

Brentford won both meetings this season and we’re expecting them to get a first leg lead to take back to The Brentford Community Stadium.

Bournemouth midfielder Philip Billing has been booked nine times this season and in a match where Brentford are likely to look to break quickly, he looks a good bet for another booking in this one. Both him and Lerma regularly pick up cards trying to stop the opposition breaks.

  • Brentford – Match Odds
  • Ivan Toney – Anytime Goalscorer
  • Philip Billing – To Be Booked
  • Ivan Toney – Player To Have 2 Or More Shots On Target

ODDS – 18/1 with Paddy Power.

 

Barnsley vs Swansea Bet Builder Tip

Nobidy expected Barnsley to be in this position at the start of the season and it is testament to their players just how well they have done. Neither side finished the season particularly strongly though; Barnsley won just two of their last six matches and Swansea only picked up one win in their last five games.

The Swans won both the league matches 2-0 earlier in the season and they have been good in front of goal away from home, scoring two or more in three of their last four on the road. Barnsley’s final home match of the season was a 2-2 draw with Norwich and this match could go against the grain and have a few goals in it tonight.

Swansea’s Andre Ayew has scored 16 goals this season but a lot of these came early in the campaign. Although he has gone off the boil he still takes the penalties for Swansea and has two goals in his last five games. Put him in your bet builder as an anytime goalscorer.

Cauley Woodrow has been better known for his goalscoring this season, but he has also picked up eight yellow cards. He could be a decent outside bet for a player to be booked, especially if Barnsley are looking to hold onto a result or losing and frustration starts to creep in for the striker.

  • Over 2.5 Goals – Over/Under 2.5 Goals
  • Andre Ayew – Anytime Goalscorer
  • Cauley Woodrow – To Be Booked

ODDS – 47/1 with Paddy Power.

 

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