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Match Preview: Brentford v Preston North End

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Newly-promoted Preston North End travel to Brentford as two struggling sides look to start climbing the table and move away from the relegation zone. 

Marinus Dijkhuizen has yet to taste victory at home as Brentford boss, and will look to finally get three home points against Preston this afternoon (3pm kick-off)

Marinus Dijkhuizen has yet to taste victory at home as Brentford boss, and will look to finally get three home points against Preston this afternoon (3pm kick-off)

Bees head coach Marinus Dijkhuizen has a number of injury problems, although is not expected to make many changes to his side, as summer signings Sergi Canos and Ryan Woods look likely to remain on the bench.

Jota, Josh McEachran, Marcus Tebar, Andreas Bjelland and Scott Hogan all remain long-term absentees, while James Tarkowski and Philipp Hoffman missed the defeat to Middlesbrough with injuries.

Brentford are without a win since they beat Bristol City 4-2 in their second game of the season, and have lost three of their last four games. It is only their goal difference that is keeping them out of the relegation zone, as their tally of five points matches that of Bristol City, however the Bees do have a game in hand.

Preston are also without a victory since the second game of the season when they beat MK Dons 1-0. They were denied three points by an Aaron Wilbraham equaliser in the 81st minute for Bristol City on Tuesday night, but at least they ended a three-game losing streak in the league at Ashton Gate. They are currently a point ahead of Brentford, although have played a game more than their opposition.

Simon Grayson has been boosted by the returns of Jordan Hugill and Kyel Reid, as they returned to training this week after injuries. However, he is still without the services of Jermaine Beckford and possibly Paul Gallagher. Beckford recently had surgery on a knee problem, while Gallagher is still struggling with a calf injury and will be assessed before the game.

Brentford and Preston fans… what are your predictions for the match? Can Brentford pick up their first home win of the season? Or can Preston record a first win in over a month? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!


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