Why Brentford’s fixtures mean they are dark horses for automatic promotion

The Bees defeated a hapless Fulham side 4-1 on Friday, and their fixtures mean they are still in with a chance of achieving a stunning promotion.

Brentford boss Mark Warburton may be leaving his post in the summer, but the club's momentum shows no sign of halting any time soon.

The Bees have constructed an unthinkable promotion push over the course of this season, and their latest triumph over rivals Fulham means they are in a decent position.

Only seven points separate the top eight clubs, with Brentford currently in 5th place with the four clubs above them in still their sights.

Brentford were thought likely to drop off after a spurt of form in the first half of the campaign, but this has not been the case. Nobody expected them to be anywhere near the promotion race, never mind remaining a major contender at the back end of the season.

The scary thing is, Brentford appear to have gotten their trickiest run of fixtures out of the way. With many of the top eight sides still to face each other, Warburton’s men only have to face Derby out of the promotion-chasing bunch. And this surely means they must now be considered dark horses to make a late push for the top two places - never mind the top six.

Brentford end the season against several mid-table sides who have nothing to play for and face Wigan, who could already be relegated by then, on the final day.

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