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Match Preview: Brentford vs Newcastle United

13 January 2017

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

Brentford vs Newcastle United

Saturday 14 January
Griffin Park
Sky Bet Championship
Kick-off: 3pm

The Opponents

What appeared to be a smooth ride back to the Premier League for Newcastle United has hit choppy waters in recent times as Rafa Benitez's side dropped points over the Christmas and New Year period. Nine points clear of third and on the back of eight straight league wins in the last week of November, The Magpies have lost four of their eight games since then to cede top spot to Brighton and Hove Albion. Benitez' side still hold a six point gap over third place but the chasing pack of Reading, Leeds United, and Huddersfield Town are all closing in. United will be without the suspended Jonjo Shelvey for Saturday's encounter at Griffin Park as well as the injured Rolando Aarons.  

The Manager

Rafa Benitez brings with him one of the most successful CVs in world football to the second tier. His former clubs include Valencia, Liverpool, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Napoli, and Real Madrid and a trophy cabinet filled with two La Liga titles, one Champions League, one UEFA Cup, one FIFA Club World Cup, one FA Cup, one Italian Cup, one UEFA Super Cup and two Italian Super Cups.

The 56-year-old Spaniard had a short playing career as a defender before starting on the path to management. It was at Valencia that he first proved himself, winning two league titles in a division dominated by Real Madrid and FC Barcelona before moving to Liverpool. Benitez is still revered on the red half of Merseyside for his five years at Anfield. The Spaniard's only previous visit to Griffin Park came as Chelsea manager during the 2012/13 season when Uwe Rosler's side took The Blues to a replay in the FA Cup Fourth Round. 

The Match Officials

Referee: Christopher Kavanagh
Assistant Referees: Mark Pottage and Dan Cook
Fourth Official: Andy Davies

Pre-match Views

Dean Smith: “It is a great challenge.”

Harlee Dean: “You can say any name in the Championship and they are able to beat anyone: it is about whoever turns up on the day.”

Ticket news

There are limited tickets available to previous purchasers in all areas of the ground for tomorrow's meeting at Griffin Park. Buy before 10am on Saturday and save £5. Click here for more information and to buy now.

The Ticket Exchange is also open for Season Ticket Holders who cannot attend to sell their ticket back to the club. For more information on the Ticket Exchange click here.

Travel News

Directions on how to get to Griffin Park and matchday parking arrangements can be found here.

Match Betting

Principal partners 888sport offer the latest odds on tomorrow's meeting.
Bees 29/10
Newcastle 22/25
Draw 13/5

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Match Coverage

You can hear live match commentary on Bees Player from 2.30pm tomorrow, 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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