LIVE: Preston North End vs Brentford
It's the last of three huge opening games for Frankie McAvoy, as Preston North End host Brentford.
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LIVE: PNE vs Brentford
Last updated: Saturday, 10 April, 2021, 15:26
Frankie McAvoy backs Scott Sinclair to play a central role for Preston North End
Scott Sinclair is seen by Frankie McAvoy as an option to play a more central role in the Preston North End team.
In McAvoy’s two games in charge to date, Sinclair has been used in-field rather than out on the wing.
The 32-year-old played behind the strikers against Norwich last week.
Against his former club Swansea on Monday, Sinclair came off the bench to play next to Ched Evans up front.
It was Sinclair’s shot which led to Swans skipper Matt Grimes putting through his own net for North End’s winner at the Liberty Stadium.
He darted forward to get on the end of Ben Whiteman’s deflected shot, his effort parried by goalkeeper Freddie Woodman which then hit Grimes and went in.
McAvoy said: “The most important thing for any front player is to get within the width of the goal, what we know as the ‘A’ zone.”
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A tribute to be made this afternoon
Deepdale in the sun
Goal, goals, goals
In 28 previous meetings between today’s two sides in league games at Deepdale, there has been 111 goals.
That’s nearly an average of four per game, here’s hoping they go in North End’s favour if they arrive today.
PNE Starting XI: Iversen, van den Berg, Storey, Lindsay, Hughes, Barkhuizen, Whiteman, Ledson, Potts, Riis, Evans.
PNE Subs: Hudson, Huntington, Molumby, Browne, Bayliss, Sinclair, Gordon, Bodin, Moult.
Frankie McAvoy names the same side that beat Swansea City on Easter Monday, though Alan Browne and Anthony Gordon are back to take a place on the bench.
Three in a row
North End are looking to win three home league games against Brentford for the first time since 1999, when they won four in a row.
The teams are out
Both sides are out, with a two minute silence planned before kick off.
Brentford get the game underway!
Pinnock heads over
Mbuemo’s free kick from the left is headed over the bar around 12 yards out by Ethan Pinnock.
Goal Brentford. 0-1.
Mbuemo finishes off a sweeping Brentford move, a low cross coming from the right side which the Frenchman hits past Iversen who gets a hand to it.
Potts volleys wide
Emil Riis heads the ball back as he runs towards goal, Potts is close by and cuts across the ball to much and it’s right of the post.
Riis shot blocked
A long throw in from the right falls to Riis on the edge of the box, he connects sweetly on the volley but it’s deflected over as it look goalward.