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Match Preview: Preston North End vs Brentford

All the build-up to Saturday's trip to Deepdale

13 September 2019

We return after the international break with a trip to Deepdale to take on Preston North End. The hosts have won all three of their league games on home soil this term while we head into the game off the back of victory over Derby County. Ahead of the game, here's all the details for tomorrow's trip.


  • We have lost just two of our last 13 league matches against Preston (W9 D2 L2).
  • The last five league meetings between us and Preston at Deepdale have seen 25 goals scored, with both sides scoring at least twice in each of the last three.
  • Preston midfielder Daniel Johnson has been involved in more Championship goals than any other player this season (4 goals, 3 assists).
  • Ollie Watkins has scored four goals in his last five Championship games 
  • Preston have lost just two of their last 14 home games in all competitions (W6 D6 L2).
  • Although no Championship player has attempted more shots than Sergi Canos this season, the Spaniard has had more shots without scoring than any other player (22).



After a nightmare start 12 months ago, Preston have enjoyed a far better opening half-dozen games this time round. North End have been perfect on home soil thus far, dispatching Wigan Athletic, Stoke City, and Sheffield Wednesday, scoring eight goals in the process. Progress has also been made in the Carabao Cup with Lancashire neighbours Manchester City now lying in wait in Round Three. 

Daniel Johnson's four goals last month earned him the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month prize but behind him the goals have been shared around. Billy Bodin has two while five other players have chipped in with a goal each. 

In terms of player movement, it was fairly quiet in the North West over the summer months. David Nugent, Tom Bayliss, and Josh Ginnelly joined permanently with Andre Green arriving on loan. In the other direction, Callum Robinson joined Sheffield United while Andy Boyle, Marnick Vermijl, and Chris Maxwell also departed. 



Alex Neil joined Preston North End in July 2017 to manage his second Sky Bet Championship club at the age of just 36.

Neil has already enjoyed success as a manager, winning promotion on two occasions, most notably to the Premier League with Norwich City in 2015.

Neil's career as manager follows a playing career that saw him win the Scottish Football League First Division in 2008 while at Hamilton Academical, before taking the role of player-manager at the club.

During his playing career, Neil also represented Barnsley and Mansfield Town before making his move to Hamilton in 2005, where he spent ten years.

Last season he led North End to a 14th-placed finish, having narrowly missed out on the Play-Offs during his first season in charge.


Dru Yearwood, Mads Bech Sorensen, and Nikos Karelis are all getting closer according to boss Thomas Frank with the rest of the squad ready for action. 

Alex Neil faces a raft of injury concerns with Andrew Hughes, Tom Barkhuizen and Sean Maguire all likely to be missing. Darnell Fisher should be available but David Nugent is not fit.



🆚 Hot off the Press: Dave Seddon of the Lancashire Evening Post preview North End

🚆 Travel Guide: Plan your trip to Deepdale



There's Pay on the Day from the Bill Shankly Kop ticket office (duplicates/collections from same place) after 1pm, cash or card, no price increase



Young Adult
(under 11)
Standard prices £24 £16 £15 £8 £2

All juniors under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.


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Match Reports

Preston North End 2 Brentford 0

Your Preston North End v Brentford match report, powered by Utilita

14 September 2019

A goal inside the first five minutes from Preston North End sent Brentford on the way to defeat at Deepdale. The Bees fell behind after a fast start from the home side and were never able to get back on terms. They created openings, particularly in a spell around half time, but Preston held firm and got a second goal to seal the points after the break.

While some of the raw statistics may suggest otherwise, the game produced the right result and 2-0 felt fair overall. Preston built on their early goal and were defensively sound for most of the afternoon. When they had the chance to grab a second goal, they did so and then saw the game out with few alarms.

The game started in the worst possible fashion for The Bees as they found themselves a goal down before they had any sort of possession. The home side forced a series of early corners and scored from the third of them. The goal came when a deep delivery was half cleared despite three or four attempts from The Bees to remove all danger, Ryan Ledson took the time to deliver and found Sean Maguire unmarked and the Preston attacker took a touch before finishing.

As much as any goal can be fully deserved after four minutes, that one was. The Bees had been forced back, unable to clear their lines, and as ball after ball came in to the box, it seemed a matter of time before one found a target. And it could have been worse soon after when Maguire found Billy Bodin with a pass in the inside left channel but he blasted over the bar. Bodin then got the better of Rico Henry as they battled for a high ball but lost control under pressure and David Raya gathered.

It took The Bees a while to get going. The early goal didn’t help but they were short of possession in the opening exchanges as Preston dominated the game. There was half a chance when Saïd Benrahma burst forward and played a one-two with Ollie Watkins. He found himself with goalkeeper Declan Rudd approaching and lifted it over him but could not direct the effort and the ball was smashed clear.

Once Brentford did get a foothold in the game, they started to show their attacking threat. Sergi Canós was a livewire threat on the right flank and he linked well with Bryan Mbeumo without really creating a clear-cut chance. A cross was met at the bear post by Watkins but diverted wide and a run from deep from Canós ended with him toe-poking wide from the edge of the penalty area.

Brentford’s best chance of the first half hour fell to Mbeumo. He reacted quickest when Watkins flicked a Raya kick on and appeared to be through with just Rudd to beat but his touch was heavy and the ball rolled harmlessly through to the goalkeeper. Mbeumo met a Henry cross with a fierce volley later in the half but lashed it over and Canós headed off target when Benrahma delivered a cross as half time approached.

The closest Brentford came to an equaliser before the break was when Benrahma was found after drifting in to the centre of the field and let fly from 30 yards. The shot dipped, swerved and looked like it might beat Rudd, but the goalkeeper got enough behind in to keep it out and ensure his team held the lead at the interval. It was a lead they may have just about deserved but there were signs Brentford would be able to turn the game around.

And The Bees continued to hold the upper hand after the interval. They almost levelled when Watkins fed a Benrahma cross to Mbeumo and he curled a shot that landed on the roof of the net. Watkins then got on to a long Canós pass and played a one-two with the increasingly influential Benrahma before firing in to Rudd’s legs at the near post.

Benrahma curled a free kick narrowly wide from 30 yards and a Christian Norgaard effort deflected narrowly over the bar with Rudd scrambling. But with Brentford looking like they would find a breakthrough, they were hit with a sucker punch as Preston grabbed a second goal. It was largely of Brentford’s own making as they failed to recover after Pontus Jansson’s header wasn’t dealt with by Raya, not getting any distance on a header of his own as Henrik Dalsgaard offered help, the home side overloaded on the right and Darnell Fisher crossed for Tom Barkhuizen to tap in.

The goal had come after a slight lull in play. Both teams had made changes, with Brentford also changing their shape, and referee David Coote had confused and angered the home players by giving Brentford possession when awarding a drop ball that killed some of the game’s momentum. Preston introduced Paul Gallagher to give more solidity to the centre of midfield and that seemed to reduce Brentford’s attacking potency.

And the second goal seemed to kill Brentford off completely. The Bees were unable to put together any sort of attacking play in the later stages and grew increasingly frustrated with the situation. Henry saw a shot blocked when a corner was half cleared but Brentford offered nothing else and Preston took the points.

Preston North End: Rudd; Fisher, Bauer, Davies, Rafferty; Browne, Ledson (sub Gallagher 55 mins); Bodin (sub Harrop 65 mins), Johnson, Maguire; Barkhuizen (sub Potts 81 mins)

Subs (not used): Ripley, Storey, Green, Stockley

Bookings: Fisher (60 mins), Johnson (78 mins)

Brentford: Raya; Dalsgaard, Jansson, Jeanvier; Canós, Nørgaard, Jensen (sub Dasilva 73 mins), Henry; Mbeumo (sub Mokotjo 65 mins), Watkins, Benrahma

Subs (not used): Daniels, Thompson, Pinnock, Žambůrek, Valencia

Bookings: Nørgaard (78 mins) (second of season)

Attendance: 12,873 (579 Bees fans)

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Ticket News

Today’s tickets still available

Tickets for this afternoon’s game will be sold from 1pm at the away ticket office at the Bill Shankly Kop

14 September 2019

It’s matchday and we are away at Deepdale to face Preston North End. It’s not too late to follow Thomas Frank and his side to this away fixture, you will be able to purchase tickets from 1pm at the away ticket office at the Bill Shankly Kop. Both cash and card payments will be accepted and there will be no price increase.




Young Adult
Full-time student/apprentice Juniors
(under 11)
Standard prices £24 £16 £15 £15 £8 £2

All juniors under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Full-time student ID/Apprenticeship ID must be presented at the turnstiles if buying that age category and must be aged 22-24 only. 

Under 11 tickets can only be bought with a full paying adult ticket.

This is a reserved seating fixture.

Matchday Info

Deepdale is cash-only once you're inside the stadium. So if you want drinks or snacks on the concourse at half-time, they won't accept card payment.

Customer Charter

More information can be found online here.

Note: All tickets are subject to the Terms and Conditions of issue. The purchase of a ticket constitutes acceptance of these Terms and Conditions and acceptance of the Ground Regulations. Members discount does not apply to away games.

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