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Match Preview: Brentford vs Preston North End

All the news, views, and info ahead of tomorrow's game at Griffin Park

9 February 2018

Brentford vs Preston North End

Saturday 10 February

Griffin Park, 3pm

Sky Bet Championship

The Opposition

Alex Neil's men go into this weekend's fixture at Griffin Park as one of the form sides in the Sky Bet Championship. North End have lost just once in the league since November, a run of 14 matches, and remain firmly in the Play-Off discussion, sitting just three points outside the top six.

North End have been solid if not spectacular this season with just 37 goals for, and 29 against, in 30 league games. The loss of Jordan Hugill to West Ham United on Deadline Day hasn't derailed North End's progress thus far with Neil's side netting five goals in their last two league games heading into the weekend's visit to West London. 

The Team News

Preston will be without midfielder Ben Pearson after he picked up his tenth booking of the season against Hull City last time out. Sean Maguire will also miss out due to a hamstring injury but other than that North End have a fully-fit squad to pick from.

After his red card last weekend, Sergi Canos begins a three-match suspension, joining Rico Henry on the absentee-list for The Bees, while Lasse Vibe is set not to feature once more as his move away from Griffin Park approaches completion.

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. During 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 for 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 an indifferent run back in the second tier saw Neil depart Carrow Road in March. The 36-year-old wasn't out of work long with Preston appointing him as manager in July last year. 

Pre-Match Briefing

Dean Smith: "Two defeats is a setback but it's not a failure by any stretch"

Chiedozie Ogbene: "I am trying to learn from everybody and bring it into my game"

Opposition View: Lancashire Evening Press' Dave Seddon on Saturday's visit from North End

We Meet Again: Re-live our trip to Deepdale in October as three goals saw us return with the three points 

Ref Watch: Find out more about Simon Hooper, the man in the middle for tomorrow's encounter

Betting Preview

Principal partners LeoVegas have a range of markets on tomorrow's game. Check out their wide range of markets here.

Ticket News

Tickets for Saturday's game are on General Sale now from £23 adults and £6 Juniors. Get behind The Bees this weekend, buy your tickets now

Match Coverage

iFollow Brentford will be live from 2.30pm tomorrow with Mark Burridge hosting Matchday Live alongside Marcus Gayle and Paul Holland. 

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