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Match Preview: Brentford vs Fulham

4 November 2016

All the info ahead of tonight's Sky Bet Championship derby at Griffin Park

Brentford vs Fulham

Friday 4 November
Griffin Park 
Sky Bet Championship
Kick-off: 7.45pm

The Opponents

After two years of struggle in the second tier, the Fulham squad underwent another complete overhaul in the summer with 33 players either arriving or departing Craven Cottage. Big earners such as Ross McCormack [Aston Villa], Maarten Stekelenburg [Everton], Fernando Amoerbieta [Sporting Gijon], and Alex Kacaniklic [Nancy] were all sold while Richard Stearman [Wolverhampton Wanderers] and Kostas Mitroglou [Benfica] left on loan as The Whites continued to try and trim their wage bill. Talented youngster Moussa Dembele left for Celtic with Ben Pringle [Preston North End], Ashley Richards [Cardiff City], and Jamie O'Hara [Gillingham] also departing. In their place came Floyd Ayite [Bastia], Michael Madl [Sturm Graz], Sone Aluko [Hull City], Denis Odoi [Lokeren], Scott Malone [Cardiff City], David Button [Brentford], Kevin McDonald [Wolverhampton Wanderers], Jozabed [Real Vallecano], Ragnar Sigurdsson [FK Krasnodar], Stefan Johansen [Celtic], and Neeskens Kebano [Genk] with Tomas Kalas and Lucas Piazon [both Chelsea] and Chris Martin [Derby County] arriving on loan.

On the pitch, Fulham stunned the division with an opening day win at home to Newcastle United before taking eight points from their next four games to finish August unbeaten and in the top six. However, since those heady summer days it has been a rather different story with just two wins in 11 seeing The Whites drop into the mid-table mix. The boys from SW6 do go into the game on a high after last Saturday's thumping 5-0 victory over third placed Huddersfield Town which left them a point behind The Bees in 11th place.

The Manager

Slaviša Jokanović became Fulham’s seventh manager, including interim bosses, in three seasons when he was appointed in December. The 48-year-old gained managerial experience in Serbia, Thailand, Belgium and Spain before moving to Watford in 2014. Under his guidance they were promoted to the Premier League, but he left in the summer of 2015.

A defensive midfielder in his playing days, he spent the majority of his career in Spain but had two seasons with Chelsea before hanging up his boots. Slav was also capped six times for Yugoslavia before the breakup of the country, leading to 58 more caps for newly formed Serbia and Montenegro.

The Match Officials

Referee: Tim Robinson
Assistant Referees: Andrew Fox and Mark Jones
Fourth Official: James Adcock

Pre-match Views

Dean Smith: Brentford are 'full of confidence' heading into tonight's game

Josh McEachran: “We did well last Friday so hopefully we can get the three points this week”

Ticket news

Around 350 tickets remain for tonight's game, situated in the Braemar Road stand and the New Road Stand. They will be on sale to Previous Purchasers right up to kick-off. Click here to buy or for more info.

Match Betting

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

Bees 6/5
Fulham 9/4
Draw 5/2

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Match Coverage

You can hear live match commentary on Bees Player from 7.15pm tonight, with Mark Burridge and Marcus Gayle.

There will be live match updates on Twitter from 6.30pm.

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