Brentford vs Preston preview
Last Updated: 03/05/19 1:47pm
Brentford defender Henrik Dalsgaard is back in contention for the home game against Preston after suspension.
Dalsgaard sat out the recent home win against Leeds and was scheduled to return for last week's postponed game at Bolton, which was scrapped by the EFL on Friday afternoon.
Midfielder Romaine Sawyers is expected to recover from a knock, but midfielder Lewis Macleod (hamstring) and defender Yoann Barbet (ankle) remain doubtful. Goalkeeper Daniel Bentley (shoulder) and forward Said Benrahma (ankle) are definitely out.
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Preston boss Alex Neil must decide whether to recall Ben Pearson, who is available after suspension and a family bereavement. The midfielder, who missed last week's home draw against Sheffield Wednesday having served a three-game ban, is currently on 14 yellow cards and Neil may not want to risk him being banned at the start of next season.
Ryan Ledson misses out as he serves the second game of a four-match ban following his dismissal against Wigan on Easter Monday. Captain Tom Clarke, Josh Harrop, Andrew Hughes, Brandon Barker, Tom Barkhuizen and Brad Potts are recovering from season-ending injuries.
Brentford have won four of their last five home league matches against Preston (W4 D1 L0) since losing 1-3 in September 2011 in League One.
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Preston haven't completed a league double over Brentford since the 1988-89 campaign.
Brentford have won nine of their last 11 home matches in all competitions (W9 D1 L1), winning each of the last two.
Preston haven't won away from home on the final day of a league season since May 2000 (2-0 vs Bristol City), losing eight of their last nine final day matches when they've been away from home (W0 D1 L8).
Brentford have won 13 home league matches this season, their best return at this level since 1950-51 (also 13 home wins).
The last five league matches between Brentford and Preston have produced 25 goals (14 for Brentford, 11 for Preston), an average of five per game.
David Prutton predicts: 2-1 (8/1 with Sky Bet)