BOURNEMOUTH are looking to come straight back up to the Premier League but face a tough Brentford side in their Championship play-off semi-final.
The first leg gets underway this evening from the Vitality Stadium on the south coast.
- Start time: 6pm GMT
- TV/Live stream: Sky Sports Main Event
- Bournemouth XI: To follow
- Brentford XI: To follow
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What date is Bournemouth vs Brentford and what time is kick-off?
- Bournemouth take on Brentford on Monday, May 17.
- The Championship play-off semi-final first leg kicks off at 6pm.
- The two sides take to the field at the Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth.
What TV channel is the match on and can I live stream it?
Bournemouth vs Brentford is being broadcast on Sky Sports Main Event.
Coverage starts at 5.30pm and the Barnsley vs Swansea match is being aired on the same channel straight afterwards.
You can live stream the match on Now TV – via smart TV or the Now TV app.
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What is the team news?
Bournemouth boss Jonathan Woodgate is without Lewis Cook, who is injured.
Meanwhile Frank Thomas is without Shandon Baptiste, Henrik Dalsgaard, Josh Dasilva and Rico Henry due to various injuries.
- Joshua Mbu
This will be Bournemouth’s third Football League play-off campaign, winning the fourth-tier play-off final in 2002-03 against Lincoln but going out in the semi-finals in the 2010-11 League One play-offs against Huddersfield Town on penalties after a 4-4 aggregate draw.
- Joshua Mbu
Bournemouth lost both of their Championship matches against Brentford this season, with the Bees one of only two teams to complete the league double over the Cherries in 2020-21, along with relegated Sheffield Wednesday.
In their 1-0 home defeat to Brentford in April, Bournemouth managed just four shots, their fewest in a home league game all season despite playing the last 40 minutes with an extra man after Bees’ Pontus Jansson was sent off.
- Joshua Mbu
And welcome to the live blog for Bournemouth vs Brentford!
Bournemouth host Brentford at the Vitality Stadium in the first leg of their Championship play-off semi-final.
And Jonathan Woodgate's side are looking to return to the Premier League on the first time of asking.
Brentford, on the other hand, are looking to get promoted to the top division for the first time, whilst righting the wrongs of last season's play-off final upset at the hands of Fulham.
The home side, however, are coming into tonight's game off the back of three successive defeats.
Whereas Brentford, are unbeaten in 12 Championship games.
In terms of team news, Junior Stanislas could be passed fit for tonight's game.
Jack Wilshere could also come into the side, bolstering Woodgate's midfield.
And for Brentford, boss Thomas Frank has several first-team players missing.
Henrik Dalsgaard, Rico Henry and midfielder Josh Dasilva will all miss out through injury.
And Frenchman Mbuemo could come back into the starting line-up, replacing Sergi Canos.
The teamsheets are due to be released in half an hour, so don't go anywhere!
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