Brentford is putting up great appearances in the Championship, as they recorded yet another win in the last round against Derby away. After a quite balanced first part, when both teams managed to score once, visitors showed much more in the second part than their opponents.
They simply outplayed them in the continuation and with two goals scored over Benrahma, they added one more victory to their already impressive winning streak, showing far better efficiency.
They are currently in third place, with only four points behind second-placed WBA and a ticket for the Premier League, so a victory here is needed if they are to chase the direct promotion.
Brentford team news
They will miss injured forward Karelis (4/0) and offensive Canos (11/0). The participation of midfielder Baptiste (10/0) is questionable coming off from injury.
Preston, on the other hand, didn’t manage to take all three points in the last match against Nottingham, which they surely needed. They came out with a home draw, with only one goal being scored from both sides in the whole encounter.
The first part of the game was reserved for goals in this one, as the visitors scored first in the fifth minute from the penalty, while the hosts leveled up only ten minutes later via Stockley. In continuation, a bit more aggressive play of the hosts was seen, but their attacks didn’t look concrete enough to revert the scoreline completely.
Preston is positioned at the eight place in the overall standings, with five points behind playoff placed Cardiff, so they are still in the race for that phase with weak chances after all.
Central defender Davies (36/0) is out injured, as well as forward Moult (2/1).
Brentford has won 5 of their last 6 home matches against Preston.
A great chance is in front of the hosts
Brentford looks good on the field for quite a while and they are certainly a better team than Preston. With that Premier League-leading second place being now in their reach, there is no lack of motivation for them in this one. They did show more than the visiting team, a side that needs to risk badly in order to stay competitive for the playoff spot. Having that in mind, goals do look very likely.