Brentford are 6/4 favourites to win the play-offs in bwin’s Championship promotion odds after Watford joined Norwich in securing an immediate return to the Premier League. Watford’s win against Millwall was enough to secure a top-two finish and means Brentford must again try and go up through the play-offs.
Swansea have struggled for consistency of late but only need a draw when visiting Reading to be assured of a place in the Championship play-offs. The Royals are just outside the top six and could still sneak in if closing the season with a trio of wins, but whether they have the quality is open to question.
Watford can edge closer to securing automatic promotion from the Championship by winning at Middlesbrough, as well as putting pressure on Norwich in the title race. The Hornets are chasing a seventh straight victory while Boro’s top-six hopes have been rocked by losses either side of the international break.
Brentford head into their final nine matches of the season trailing both Watford and Swansea in the race for the second automatic promotion place behind Norwich. After two successive draws and just three wins from nine matches, the pressure is on if they are to avoid having to go through the play-offs again.