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Match Preview: Brentford vs Preston North End

All the build-up to tomorrow's season finale at Griffin Park

4 May 2019

THE OPPOSITION

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It's been another comfortable season in the second tier for Alex Neil's side but one which could have gone very differently.

At various points this season, North End have been battling at both ends of the table but, ultimately, the Deepdale faithful will have another season of Championship football to enjoy next term. 

Just one league win in their opening 11 had Preston propping up the table in late September but a fine turnaround, which included a run of eight wins in 11, had North End well in the Play-Off picture come March. However, since then they've taken four points from a possible 21 to slip back into the mid-table pack. 

Alex Neil's side have had no problem finding the back of the net, their 67 league strikes is better than six of the 12 sides above them but Neil will be disappointed to see his side ship almost as many.

TEAM NEWS

Thomas Frank will be without Said Benrahma and Daniel Bentley for the game while Yoann Barbet hasn't played since going off against Wigan Athletic in March. 

Preston will be without a host of players tomorrow through injury and suspension as Billy Bodin, Josh Harrop, Tom Barkhuizen, Ryan Ledson, Alan Browne, and Brad Potts all look set to miss out. 

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. The 37-year-old wasn't out of work long with Preston appointing him as manager in July 2017.

LAST TIME OUT

PRE-MATCH FEATURES

🗣 Thomas looking to end a remarkable, tragic, and crazy season' on a high

🗣 Romaine previews our season finale

🆚 Dave Seddon of the Lancashire Evening Post with the lowdown on North End

James Linington will be tomorrow's man in the middle

TICKET INFO

Make sure you get your tickets for the last Championship game at Griffin Park this season. Give Thomas Frank and The Bees your support they deserve and help us end our 2018/19 campaign on a high.

Buy your tickets

MATCH COVERAGE

Mark Burridge and co will be bringing you live commentary from Griffin Park, starting at 11.45am.

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