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Match Preview: Brentford vs Middlesbrough

All the details ahead of tomorrow's game at Griffin Park

23 November 2018

Football returns to Griffin Park tomorrow after a three-week break as we entertain high-flying Middlesbrough, kick-off 5.30pm. Tony Pulis' side currently sit second in the table while we will look to build on victory over Millwall during our last home outing. Check below for all the pre-match info.

THE OPPOSITION

Tony Pulis' Middlesbrough are doing what Tony Pulis sides do, win without necessarily entertaining. 

Boro head into tomorrow's game sitting second in the Sky Bet Championship, having kept 11 clean sheets in 17 league outings this term. Games involving Boro have seen a league low 1.59 goals per game this term, with Boro netting one goal or fewer on ten occasions. 

The Teesiders' positive start to the season has come off the back of a pre-season which saw key parts of Boro's attacking arsenal depart. Patrick Bamford and Adama Traore left for Leeds United and Wolverhampton Wanderers respectively while at the back, Ben Gibson was sold to Burnley. Tony Pulis sought to counter those losses by adding Mo Besic from Everton, Millwall's George Saville, and Jordan Hugill from West Ham on loan deals.  

TEAM NEWS

There's mixed news for Brentford on the injury front with Thomas Frank confirming that Said Benrahma and Ollie Watkins will miss tomorrow's game through injury. Romaine Sawyers is also suspended after picking up his 5th booking of the season against QPR. Kamohelo Mokotjo is a doubt but Neal Maupay, Chris Mepham, Emiliano Marcondes, and Rico Henry are all available for selection. 

Boro have no such injury concerns with only Ryan Shotton and Sam McQueen set to miss out. 

THE MANAGER

Veteran manager Tony Pulis was appointed by Boro on Boxing Day 2017 after the departure of Garry Monk. His previous three clubs were Stoke City, Crystal Palace and most recently West Bromwich Albion. He has also held posts at Plymouth Argyle, Bristol City and Gillingham.

A former defender with appearances for Bristol Rovers and Newport County, Pulis has gained a reputation in football for getting good results despite tight financial restrictions. His aim with Middlesbrough is to return them to top flight football, having guided Boro to the Play-Offs last term.

LAST-TIME AROUND

PRE-MATCH FEATURES

READY: Thomas Frank looks ahead to tomorrow's match

RARING: Lewis Macleod sees tomorrow's game as a chance to start building momentum

READ: BBC Radio Tees' Mark Drury analyses where the game will be decided

REF WATCH: James Brooks is the referee this weekend

TICKETS AND TRAVEL

Following victory over Millwall last time out at Griffin Park, back Thomas and the boys to three more points tomorrow. Get your tickets before 10am on matchday and save £5. Buy online here

Supporters heading to tomorrow’s game should be aware of major roadworks on the A4 which will affect journey times to Griffin Park. There are currently weekend closures of the A4, in both directions, between Clayponds Avenue and Ealing Road. There is also one lane closed Eastbound between Boston Manor Road and Ealing Road.

There is also a South West Railway strike meaning no services to or from Brentford station tomorrow. For further details click here

MATCH COVERAGE

Matchday Live will be brought to you from Griffin Park with live iFollow commentary and analysis from the New Road Stand. Mark Burridge is your host, and he'll be joined by Mick Cabble and Marcus Gayle from 5pm.

Download the Official Brentford FC App to get notifications direct to your phone, plus all the latest news, views and reaction from the game. Visit the Play Store or iTunes App Store now to download. 


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