The favourites to win promotion to the Premier League through the play-offs this year are Brentford, at 7/4. The Bees have finished third in the table for the second consecutive season, and will be hoping to bounce back from their 2-1 play-off final loss to Fulham last season. Thomas Frank’s men enter the play-offs in scintillating form, having won their last four games on the bounce, and extending their unbeaten run to 12 games.
As per the norm for the Bees, they recruited incredibly during last summer's transfer window, having looked an even better side this season without the likes of now-England star Ollie Watkins, as well 25-year-old Algerian forward Said Benrahma.
The standout performer who was signed last summer to watch out for in Brentford’s play-off campaign is, of course, the devastating Ivan Toney. The forward has netted a total of 31 goals in the league this season, finishing as the league's top scorer and breaking the Championship scoring record in his debut campaign in the second tier. Toney has been linked with numerous moves away from Brentford, with Premier League sides such as Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City and Everton all reportedly showing interest, but for the time being, he remains the number one man who can finally get Brentford their Premier League dream.
Defensively, the Bees are also solid, too, with defender Ethan Pinnock having a particularly solid season with his 39 appearances in the Championship helping the club to record 17 clean sheets across the season.
But it’s this simple: if Toney turns up, so do Brentford in next season’s Premier League.