The pick of Saturday’s football matches involves a firecracker of a clash at Deepdale: Preston North End vs Brentford.
Both teams recent form implies that they will be challenging for the playoff places this season, adding extra spice to this latest tie.
Yet, considering how both sides have been matching each other’s feats in the early stages of this campaign, Thomas Frank and his men’s woeful away form could see them lose out on a precious three points.
Our Preston vs Brentford predictions see the hosts add to their unbeaten run this weekend.
So, without further ado…
Preston vs Brentford Predictions
The Lilywhites might have made a slow start to the season, but they have been raising their form week by week.
From impressing against Sheffield Wednesday, and narrowly being beaten by Swansea Cty – the team that most fans and pundits are tipping to claim automatic promotion – Alex Neil’s side are now undefeated in their previous four games in all competitions.
Winning at home to the Bees this weekend would see them climb into the playoff berths. Which is exactly what our Preston vs Brentford predictions are forecasting. Whether that becomes their final position in the league is anyone’s guess. Ours can be read in our 2019/20 Championship preview.
Last weekend’s draw against Nottingham Forest didn’t in the way that Preston wanted. But there was enough attacking prowess to suggest that they’ll be able to exploit Brentford’s poor form on the road.
The Lilywhites dominated the opening 45 minutes and were rewarded for their efforts when Billy Bodin bamboozled a defender and fired in from six yards.
Although Forest were much improved after half-time, they still failed to penetrate Preston’s back four. That was until Albert Adomah came on. The former Aston Villa and Middlesbrough winger took just a couple of minutes to make his impact. Moments into appearing onto the field he latched onto a sumptuous pass from Joao Carvalho to level the scores.
Neil’s men then showcased their defensive mettle to frustrate Forest into accepting a point. It’s the kind of steel and robustness they’ll need to showcase this week against a Brentford side who blew away Derby County last weekend.
Poor away form or not, the Bees still come into the clash with a dangerous attacking lineup. From Bryan Mbeumo’s skilful opener to Ollie Watkins brilliant brace, the Rams were unable to respond to the visitor’s attacking masterclass.
Expect Frank’s men to continue where they left off with Phillip Cocu’s side. Yet whether this aids them in an away victory – which they have failed to do so in 11 of their last 20 games on the road – seems against the run of play.
Preston vs Brentford Head To Head
Given that the last five fixtures between the two opponents have ended unpredictably – a 4-3 thriller, a 5-0 whitewash, a 1-1 scrap – this weekend could see some stability finally begin to settle in.
True, the most recent result in this tie did not favour the hosts. Indeed, a 3-0 whitewash hardly fuels our Preston vs Brentford predictions.
Yet, given that the Bees are not regarded as good travellers, a home win for Preston should be well worth punting on.
Preston Team News
Fortunately for Neil – and perhaps not so much for the Bees – there is good news on the horizon.
Aside from Ryan Ledson’s suspension, he’ll have his strongest starting XI to pick from this weekend, with some new additions to the squad.
Expect the return of Brad Potts who has been playing catch-up to the season after injury curtailed his preparations.
Having the 25-year-old back in the first team will be a boost for the Lilywhites. Potts’ speed, technique, and possession control make him an ideal fit in the squad.
Regrettably, our Preston vs Brentford predictions only sees his inclusion leading to further havoc for the travelling team.
Brentford Team News
Aside from team news, Brentford have some transfer news to reveal elsewhere in the squad.
They’ve appointed Swede Andreas Georgson to the new role of Head of Set Pieces and Individual Development.
The 37-year-old has worked for Malmo for the last 14 years and is currently the first-team coach at the club, which was managed by former Bees boss Uwe Rosler.
Georgson’s appointment will definitely elevate the attack in regards to different tactics and routines.
Watkins, Benrahma, and Mbuemo – all expected to start against Preston – should be able to add to their personal tally under the Swede, though that may not be enough for the three points this weekend.
Preston vs Brentford Betting Tips
The home team come into the betting markets in relatively good form.
Indeed, our Preston vs Brentford predictions see the Lillywhites wagering as 8/5 favourites. Despite the short odds, they’re operating as much better wagering warriors than the Bees. Neil’s men are priced up at odds of 31/20.
With the chances about a draw measured up at 47/20 in our Preston vs Brentford match bets, there is a strong chance that punting on our projections might be the safest bet to place.