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Match Preview: Norwich City

30 December 2016

All the info ahead of tomorrow's match at Griffin Park

Brentford vs Norwich City

Saturday 31 December
Griffin Park 
Sky Bet Championship
Kick-off: 5.30pm

The Opponents

It's been less than a month since The Bees and The Canaries crossed swords in East Anglia with The Canaries running out 5-0 winners at Carrow Road on that day. However, that result has, if anything, kick started The Bees into action more than it has Alex Neil's side. The Bees have taken seven points from the four games since that humiliation with Norwich collecting just three points from the same period. A 1-0 success at home to Aston Villa has been surrounded by defeats to Barnsley, Huddersfield Town, and Reading to leave Neil's side seven points off the top six with pressure on the manager continuing to grow.

The Canaries' boss has stuck with the bulk of the Premier League squad from last season with only four players in, and four out, over the summer. Former Brentford loanees Sergi Canos and Alex Pritchard joined Michael McGovern and Paul Jones as the new faces at Carrow Road this summer with Ricky Van Wolfswinkel [Vitesse Arnham], Jake Kean [Sheffield Wednesday], Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe [Legia Warsaw], and Jamar Loza [Maidstone] the ones to depart. Midfielder Johnny Howson will miss Saturday's match due to suspension with Graham Dorrans also set to be absent due to a knee injury.

The Manager

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. In 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 in 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 is under pressure now to turn around The Canaries recent slide.

The Match Officials

Referee: Oliver Langford 
Assistant Referees: Neil Davies and Steven Meredith
Fourth Official: John Busby

Pre-match Views

Dean Smith keen to 'exorcise the demons' from defeat to Norwich City last time out

Ticket and Travel news

Tickets for the game at home to Norwich City are on General Sale now. Buy before 10am on matchday and save £5 on your match ticket. Buy online here.

For a first-time visitors guide to Griffin Park click here.

Match Betting

Principal partners 888sport offer the latest odds on tomorrow's meeting.

Bees 33/20
Norwich 33/20
Draw 23/10

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Match Coverage

You can hear live match commentary on Bees Player from 5pm tomorrow, with Mark Burridge and Marcus Gayle.

There will be live match updates on Twitter from 4.30pm.

All the coverage of Monday's match can also be found in one place with our new club App. Download for free here.


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