Brentford will have to battle it out with Middlesbrough and one of Norwich and Ipswich if they are to secure promotion to the Premier League, knowing that three wins will see the job done.

The Bees have tried and failed on seven different occasions to gain promotion from the play-offs, their last attempt coming two years ago when they lost 2-1 to Yeovil in the League One Play-Off final.

However, form seems to be on their side coming into the games against Middlesbrough - Brentford have only lost one of their last nine games, scoring seven times in three matches while keeping successive clean sheets.

So what can Brentford’s previous games against the play-off contenders, as well as recent form and play-off history, tell us about their chances of lifting the trophy on May 25 at Wembley?

Norwich

Final position: 3rd

Star man: Bradley Johnson

Play-off history: This is only the second time Norwich have featured in the play-offs.

Their last foray in 2002 saw them overcome Wolves 3-2 on aggregate at the semi-final stage before losing on penalties to Birmingham in the showpiece at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

Recent form: One defeat in 10 Championship games - 1-0 at home to Middlesbrough which ultimately ended their automatic promotion hopes - and six wins mean Norwich head into the play-offs in decent form, although they have won just one of their last three. They have also lost fewer games than their rivals (10).

Form against the Bees: Norwich defeated Brentford 3-0 when the sides met at Griffin Park back in September thanks to three goals in fifteen second half minutes from Alexander Tettey and two from Cameron Jerome, although the scoreline flattered the away side who had keeper John Ruddy to thank for keeping their clean sheet intact.

But in the return fixture in January the Bees secured their first ever victory at Carrow Road.

Tough tackler: Brentford's Andre Gray is pulled down by Norwich City's Carlos Cuellar and Michael Turner for the penalty

Jota scored from ten yards out after Moses Odubajo led the counter after stopping a Norwich attack, passing to Andre Gray who’s pass found the Spaniard.

Nathan Redmond found the equaliser for the Canaries after the Bees failed to clear a corner, but Bees were back in front soon after when Gray was fouled and the referee awarded a penalty. Alex Pritchard stepped up and secured victory for Mark Warburton’s men.

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Middlesbrough

Final position: 4th

Star man: Patrick Bamford

Play-off history: This is Middlesbrough's third appearance in the play-offs. In 1988 they beat Chelsea 2-1 on aggregate in the final while three years later they lost by the same score over two legs to Notts County in the semi-final.

Recent form: Since beating Norwich at Carrow Road, Boro's top-two aspirations ended with defeat at Fulham before a goalless stalemate at home to Brighton on the final day saw them finish fourth. They have also managed six wins in their previous 10 matches.

On the watch: Harlee Dean and James Tarkowski in action against Middlesbrough

Form against the Bees : Brentford were taken apart by their play-off opponents in September, losing 4-0 at the Riverside . Grant Leadbitter, Albert Adomah, Patrick Bamford and Kike all scored on what was a miserable day for the Bees and their worst result of the season.

The game at Griffin Park saw the return of Adam Forshaw, via a short spell at Wigan, but the former Bees man had to settle for a place on the Boro bench.

Brentford battled well and more than matched Middlesbrough but found themselves on the end of a 1-0 defeat thanks to another Leadbitter goal, this time from the penalty spot after David Button had brought down Bamford.

Ipswich

Final position: 6th

Star man: Daryl Murphy

Play-off history: It is a record eighth appearance in the Championship play-offs for Ipswich, six of them proving unsuccessful. The only time they secured promotion came in 2000 when they beat Barnsley 4-2 in the final at Wembley.

Recent form: Five wins from their last 10 games have helped Town secure a top-six place, although they head into the play-offs on the back of a 3-2 defeat at Blackburn. They won 50 of their 78 points at Portman Road.

Form against Bees: Brentford and Ipswich matched up at Griffin Park on Boxing Day for a match that could have seen the Bees climb into the automatic promotion spots with a win.

But Mick McCarthy and his side had different plans, putting Brentford to the sword in a 4-2 victory.

Holding on: Ipswich Town's Cole Skuse and Brentford's Alex Pritchard

The Bees found they had a mountain to climb almost immediately after kicking off when Daryl Murphy finished from 16 yards out after the Bees had given the ball away cheaply.

Murphy added a second before Paul Anderson added a goal to his name on the half hour mark. Sam Saunders led a mini Brentford revival by scoring two goals, but it was not enough as Tommy Smith grabbed Ipswich’s fourth.

The return leg at Portman Road came in March and saw both play-off chasing sides share the points . Brentford found themselves 1-0 down within the first ten minutes again when a Richard Chaplow corner was nodded down by Christophe Berra to Murphy, who slammed the ball into the net.

But this time the Bees did not continue to concede and equalised just before the half hour mark when Jonathan Douglas nodded the ball home.

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