Brentford vs Preston North End Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions
In a sentence: Eleventh placed Brentford host seventh placed Preston this weekend, with the opportunity to close the gap to just two points between them.
Last time: Brentford won a thrilling 3-2 victory in the reverse fixture, in which, unusually, all five goals were scored between the 20th and 70th minutes. Goals from Nico Yennaris, Romaine Sawyers and Ollie Watkins helped the Bees win on the day.
This time: Brentford are evens to win, Preston 5/2 and a draw 13/5.
You might remember: Preston beat Brentford for the first time in over five years last season, with a surprising 4-2 home win thanks to a brace from Aiden McGeady and goals from Callum Robinson and Daryl Horgan.
Brentford's Last Six:
Brentford’s last six: Won: 3 Drawn: 0 Lost: 3
Sergi Canos’ red card against Derby will see him suspended for this fixture, potentially leading to a reshuffle from Dean Smith. New signing Emiliano Marcondes could step into the wing position, or alternately, Ollie Watkins could move out onto the flanks, making space for Neal Maupay.
Rico Henry is also out for Brentford, with Yoan Barbet making the role his own.
Preston North End's Last Six:
Preston’s last six: Won 3 Drawn: 2 Lost: 1
Preston also have a man suspended after Ben Pearson picked up his tenth yellow card of the season. With Greg Cunningham, and Darnell Fisher both returning to the defence, and Tommy Spurr possibly due back this weekend, Alex Neil nearly has a full strength back line, with Ben Davies the only man out.
Griffin Park has not made for a happy hunting ground for Preston recently, but the Lilywhites go into this game ahead of Brentford in the league, and on good form. The Bees have been the picture of inconsistency this season, beating Aston Villa but loosing to Hull City, which Brentford will turn up this Saturday?
Brentford are evens to win, and will go into the match without a home defeat to Preston since 2011, having lost just twice at Griffin Park in the league this season. However, one of those losses came last week to Derby, with an early red card for Canos preceding three goals from the Rams. With top-scorer Lasse Vibe China-bound, Dean will hope that new singing Marcondes can hit the ground running, the Danish attacking midfielder can play as a forward and scored 17 goals in 19 games for Nordsjaelland before his transfer.
Preston are 5/2 to win, and have lost just once since early November, having carried on their fine attacking form despite the sale of top scorer Jordan Hugill to West Ham. Rather than making any drastic changes, Alex Neil has Callum Robinson further forward into the striker role, with new signing Louis Moult still waiting for a league start. With five goals from their last two games, Neil will be unwilling to change the front five that started both matches.
A draw is 13/5, a result that Brentford haven’t seen since mid-December. However, the two squads are relatively evenly matched, and any advantage that Preston may have with regards to form may be nullified by the Bees’ home advantage, meaning a draw could well be a realistic outcome.
Ollie Watkins is 2/1 to score anytime this weekend, with Dean’s experiment playing the attacking midfielder as a striker yielding unreliable results, following Canos’ expulsion. The manager may well wish to see how the player responds to his new position with a full contingent behind him.
Louis Moult is 9/4 to score his first score his first Preston goal, having transferred this January from Motherwell. The striker was in good form for his previous club, averaging a goal every other match.
Predicted Score: Brentford 2 - 1 Preston North End
Look out for: Emiliano Marcondes
The Brazilian-Dane is quick, skilful and was prolific during his time in the Superliga. Able to play a variety of roles he will be difficult for defenders to pick up, and should do well in the Championship.
Marcondes is 15/8 to score anytime.
We fancy: Brentford to win and over 2.5 goals scored at 21/10.
Preston are in better form and should score, but Brentford will be keen to bounce back following two consecutive defeats and have the psychological advantage over their opponents.
It’s a long shot, but: Chiedizie Ogbene to score first at 5/1.
The 20-year-old striker has only just signed for the Bees but is one of only two out and out forwards, and may have the edge over an out off-colour Neal Maupay.
Written by Greg Murray
Greg Murray focused on watching football rather than playing it after realising he wasn’t going to be the next Gianfranco Zola. Writing prolifically on Italian football while keeping an eye on the game around the world, Greg has also turned his pen to the aviation industry and the betting market.