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Match Preview: Brentford vs Blackburn Rovers

The build-up to tomorrow's first game with fans at our new home

4 December 2020

It will be a special day in our history tomorrow as fans watch a game at the Brentford Community Stadium for the very first time. Blackburn Rovers are the visitors with 2000 fans set to cheer on Thomas Frank's boys in TW8. Below you will find all the info ahead of the game against Tony Mowbray's men.

THE OPPOSITION

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The division's most potent attacking force head to TW8 on Saturday with Blackburn Rovers well clear at the top of the second tier's scoring charts.

Tony Mowbray's men have struck 29 goals in 15 matches this term, four clear of any other side. In 14-goal Adam Armstrong (pictured above) they have the only man to have found the net more times than Ivan Toney this season, the Rovers' striker also averages more than five shots per game.

At the other end of the pitch, Rovers appear to be tightening things up, conceding just four goals in their last six, unbeaten games 

After four defeats in five to end October, Rovers recent unbeaten run has lifted them to ninth, within two points off the Play-Off places. 

TEAM NEWS

Henrik Dalsgaard missed Tuesday's win over Rotherham United with a minor hip injury and will be assessed ahead of tomorrow's game. Otherwise it is just Christian Norgaard (ankle), Mads Roerslev (foot), and Shandon Baptiste (knee) who will be absent. 

Blackburn's early season indifferent form was not helped by a slew of injuries and Covid-related absences. 

Bradley Dack is close to a return after a year out with a knee injury but Ben Brereton is now set for a spell on the sidelines after going off against Millwall on Tuesday night with knee ligament damage. Elliott Bennett (ankle) and Lewis Travis (knee) are not expected back until the new year and there are doubts over Barry Douglas (hamstring), Scott Wharton (concussion), Joe Rothwell (hamstring), and Bradley Johnson (back) for tomorrow's game. 

THE MANAGER

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Tony Mowbray was appointed Head Coach of Blackburn Rovers on 22 February 2017.

A distinguished defender in his playing days for Middlesbrough, Celtic, and Ipswich Town, Mowbray was handed his first managerial job at Hibernian in 2004. In October 2006, Mowbray was appointed Manager of West Bromwich Albion. He led The Baggies to the Championship title in his second season at The Hawthorns.

Celtic came calling in June 2009, before Mowbray returned to former club Middlesbrough in October 2010. Mowbray left Boro in October 2013 and took charge of Coventry City from March 2015 to September 2016.

Under his managerment, Blackburn secured an immediate return to the Championship as runners-up following relegation in 2016/17, finishing 15th and 11th in their two seasons back in the second tier.

PRE-MATCH VIEWS

⚖ Oliver Langford will be the man in charge tomorrow

🆚 The Lancashire Telegraph's Rich Sharpe previews Rovers

MEMORABLE MEETING

HOW TO FOLLOW

We are not on TV this weekend, which means the only way to watch is through iFollow. For just £10 (£7 for international fans) you can keep up with all the action live from our new home.

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Season Ticket and Premium Seat Holders who froze their tickets have had their iFollow account upgraded to VIP for this fixture. This means you simply have to log-in to watch the game. To check you have been upgraded to VIP, login and head to ‘My iFollow Account’, select ‘Purchased Packages’, if you have been upgraded you will see a Brentford Season Ticket with an active status.

If you are having any issues with your VIP, get in touch with tickets@brentfordfc.com


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