Sometimes it’s difficult to know what to expect from the last game of the season, especially if there is little left to play for. A mid-table side could either opt to just play out their remaining games and look forward to the close season or they could decide to go out with a bang.
We expect Brentford to go out with a bang at lunchtime on Saturday. The Bees are clearly a forward-looking club with great ambitions. A smart new stadium will soon be taking shape and with Dean Smith’s side flirting with the play-off places earlier in the campaign, we could be seeing them amongst the Championship promotion contenders next season, or at least the season after.
This likely won’t be the case over at Blackburn Rovers. Tony Mowbray’s men remain in the bottom three in the Championship and whilst they grabbed themselves a lifeline by beating Aston Villa at Ewood Park last weekend, we’re not too confident of their chances of climbing their way out of danger in the last game of the season.
Rovers boss Mowbray was somewhat dismayed by the decision of Huddersfield manager David Wagner to rest ten key players for their clash with Birmingham City last weekend. The Blues went on to win 2-0 and maintain their two-point lead over Rovers. Nevertheless a great escape is possible should other results go their way. Wins for Birmingham and Notts Forest would mean ‘game over’ for Mowbray’s men, however we believe that will prove irrelevant this weekend with a Blackburn Rovers defeat looking the most likely outcome.
Brentford may have little to play for except pride, however they have nevertheless managed to avoid defeat in all-but-one of their last eight games with wins over the likes of Burton Albion, Leeds United, Derby County and Queens Park Rangers during that time. There is little reason to believe that they will take their feet off the gas in their last game of the season, quite the opposite in fact.