While the home side ended the regular season with three successive defeats, the visitors are unbeaten in 12 matches in the second tier.
Given the manner of their defeat to Fulham in last season's final, everyone associated with Brentford are aware of the highs and lows which come with competing in the playoffs.
They also know that form could count for little, and rival teams will not be too concerned that the Bees picked up 24 points from their final 12 games of the regular season.
The biggest plus for Brentford ahead of this contest is their return to form in the final third with five strikes coming against Watford and Bristol City.
In sharp contrast, Bournemouth completely lost their way during the closing games of the season, following defeat by Brentford with losses against Wycombe Wanderers and Stoke City.
Jonathan Woodgate took the opportunity to rotate his Cherries squad, but the former defender will be concerned with the performance produced in the most recent of those fixtures.
On some level, Woodgate may be relieved that Bournemouth will be regarded as outsiders in this tie as the club look to earn an immediate return to the top flight.
Nevertheless, supporters are aware that another year in the Championship could lead to the departures of key men, something which they need to avoid if they are to make progress as a club.
Despite starting the last game on the substitutes' bench, Mbeumo is expected to take the place of Brentford teammate Sergi Canos at left wing-back.
Woodgate will give more thought to making changes to his Bournemouth XI, particularly in midfield where he has a number of options.
Junior Stanislas is pushing to return to the squad after a hamstring injury.
Bournemouth possible starting lineup:
Begovic; Stacey, Cook, Carter-Vickers, Kelly; Wilshere, Lerma; Brooks, Billing, Groenveld; Solanke
Brentford possible starting lineup:
Raya; Jansson, Norgaard, Pinnock; Rasmussen, Janelt, Jensen, Mbeumo; Fosu-Henry; Forss, Toney
We say: Bournemouth 1-1 Brentford
Given the contrasting form of the two sides, there can be little doubting that Brentford are the favourites for this contest. Nevertheless, Bournemouth will revert to their strongest team for this game and with the stakes getting higher, we expect an improved performance from their experienced players.
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