Preston North End vs Brentford
Saturday 28 October
Sky Bet Championship
Preston North End have enjoyed a fine start to the Sky Bet Championship campaign and sit just outside the Play-Off places after 13 games, under new manager Alex Neil.
Having replaced Simon Grayson, who led North End to back-to-back top-half finishes, Neil kept things quiet over the summer transfer window, bringing in just two players. Sean Maguire joined a strong Irish contigent at Deepdale from Cork City while Darnell Fisher signed from Rotherham.
On the pitch, North End have been beaten just twice in the league this campaign although they do go into Saturday's game without a win in three games. After being sent off in their defeat to league leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend, Alan Browne is suspended for tomorrow's game while Declan Rudd, Tommy Spurr, Tom Clarke and Greg Cunningham also miss out through injury. However, Marnick Vermijl and Sean Maguire are both back available for selection
Alex Neil didn't take long to make his mark as a manager after hanging up his boots at the tender age of 31. As a player, Neil had spells both sides of the border with Airdrieonians, Mansfield Town, and Barnsley before returning North of the border to join Hamilton Academical. He made more than 200 appearances at New Douglas Park and helped Accies gain promotion to the Scottish Premier League in 2008.
After Billy Reid stepped down in April 2013, Neil was handed the manager's job on an interim basis before being appointed the full-time boss that summer. During his first season in charge, he guided Hamilton back to the top tier in Scotland and then oversaw their first win away at Celtic Park for 76 years. Neil answered Norwich's call in January 2015 and won 17 of his first 25 games in charge to bring Premier League football back to Carrow Road. The Scot couldn't prevent relegation from the top flight at the first attempt and an indifferent run back in the second tier saw Neil depart Carrow Road last March.
Tickets for Saturday's game are on General Sale now from £24 adults and £8 Juniors. Get your tickets for the visit of Sunderland here.
iFollow Brentford will be live from 2.45pm tomorrow with Chris Wickham hosting Matchday Live alongside Ciaran Brett.