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Match Preview: Preston North End vs Brentford

10 February 2017

All the info ahead of tomorrow's meeting at Deepdale

Preston North End vs Brentford

Saturday 11 February
Deepdale
Sky Bet Championship
Kick-off: 3pm

The Opponents

After taking just six points from their opening seven games, and then being beaten 5-0 at Griffin Park, it looked like it could be a long season for Simon Grayson's side. However, since then North End have responded magnificently, losing just four of their next 22 to go into Saturday's game in 11th place, seven points outside the top six. Results have dropped off slightly in 2017, The Lilywhites winning just two of their seven matches this year in all competitions, but they still remain within striking distance of the Play-Off places with a third of the season to play.

January saw Preston re-inforce their squad with the additions of Andy Boyle and Daryl Horgan from Dundalk and the Morecambe defender Tom Barkhuizen. Tyias Browning joined on loan from Everton while Bailey Wright departed for Bristol City and Eoin Doyle headed to Portsmouth on loan. Preston will be without long-term absentees Calum Woods, John Welsh, and Alex Baptiste on Saturday but other than that Grayson has a full squad to choose from. 

The Manager

Simon Grayson is approaching his fourth anniversary at Preston, making him the second longest serving manager in the Championship. The former Leicester City and Aston Villa fullback took charge in February 2013, in place of Graham Westley.

He rescued North End from the brink of relegation in his first season, before defeat in the play-offs a year later. The following season, they went up after their tenth attempt at promotion from via the Play-Offs. This is Grayson’s fourth managerial role, after Blackpool, Leeds United and Huddersfield Town.

The Match Officials

Referee: Tony Harrington
Assistant Referees: Christopher Akers and Philip Dermott
Fourth Official: Ross Joyce

Ticket news

There will be Pay on the Day at Preston North End on Saturday, no price increase, from Bill Shankly Kop away ticket office, adjacent to the away turnstiles. Full ticket information can be found here.

Click here for a travel guide on getting to Deepdale

Pre-Match Views

Dean Smith is calling on his side to start picking up points away from home

Match Betting

Principal partners 888sport offer the latest odds on tomorrow's match against North End. 

Brentford 47/20
PNE 28/25
Draw 47/20

Join Club Sponsors 888sport today and get the best odds on a range of Brentford markets

Match Coverage

You can hear live match commentary on Bees Player from 2.30pm on Saturday, with Mark Burridge and Marcus Gayle.

There will be live match updates on Twitter from 2pm.

Download the new Brentford FC app on android and iPhone and get all the coverage from Griffin Park in one place. Download for free here.


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