Goals galore when Preston meet Brentford

Preston North End were stunned to have five goals put past them by Brentford last week but the fact it was a high-scoring game should not have come as a surprise.

Friday, 16th April 2021, 4:45 pm

When the two clubs play at Deepdale there are always goals, in 29 meetings dating back to Boxing Day 1933 there has yet to be a goalless draw.

Since 1981, North End and the Bees have clashed 21 times in Preston

There have been 84 goals scored in those matches, the best of the lot being a 5-3 victory for Preston on the plastic pitch in March 1989 – the following season they calmed down a bit and PNE won 4-2.

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Brentford's Ivan Toney scores his side's third goal against Brentford

Until last Saturday, the Lilywhites had won their last two home meetings with Brentford 2-0 – rather sedate compared to some others – and 4-3.

In 2017/18, Brentford won here 3-2 but the year before North End were 4-2 winners.

Down in London in the reverse fixture there have been goals aplenty although not quite on the scale seen at Deepdale.

PNE won 4-2 in their first visit to the Brentford Community Stadium in October, that having followed 1-0 and 3-0 defeats, a 1-1 draw and a 5-0 beating in September 2016 – the last time a side had put five goals past them.

There is a chance this fixture might be put on the back burner next season should Brentford reach the Premier League – also, PNE aren’t safe at yet.

Thomas Frank’s side are comfortably in the play-off positions and should secure a top-six slot.

However, their play-off record is awful. Nine times Brentford have reached the end-of-season knockout and have yet to win a final.

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