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Preview: Bristol City v Brentford

Bristol City v Brentford
Sky Bet Championship
Ashton Gate
Saturday, August 15th, 3pm

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Bristol City play their first competitive fixture in front of the new Dolman and South Stands this Saturday against Brentford.

BRENTFORD
Brentford captured the plaudits of the Sky Bet Championship last season as they went in search of successive promotions to the Premier League. The Bees’ belied their tiny budget by securing a spot in the 2014/15 play-offs, succumbing to a 5-1 aggregate defeat to losing finalists Middlesbrough. The London club started the season with a brilliant comeback against Ipswich Town, but were comprehensively knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Oxford United.

MANAGER
Marinus Dijkhuizen - Dutchman appointed in the summer after an intriguing revamp at Griffin Park. After retiring from a 14-year playing career in 2009, the 43-year-old masterminded back-to-back promotions with two amateur sides back in his native before his break with Excelsior in Eerste Divisie. The inexperienced coach proved his worth by securing the third promotion of his managerial career to Eredivisie. Now in the Brentford hot seat, Dijkhuizen has a sizeable task of replicating his predecessor, Mark Warburton, by taking the Bees to a top-six finish.

STAR MAN
Andre Gray - Striker who started his career with Shrewsbury Town before falling into non-league. After 29 goals in 65 matches for Hinckley Town, Gray moved to Luton Town on an initial loan before signing a permanent deal at Kenilworth Road in 2012. The 24-year-old notched 55 goals in over 100 matches for the Hatters which alerted Brentford who purchased him for £500,000. Gray is said to be a target of a number of Championship sides. 

OFFICIALS
Keith Stroud will be the man in the middle. Mark Howes and Adam Matthews will be his assistants. Adam Hopkins is the fourth official.

TICKETS
The match is all-ticket.

LAST TIME OUT
Brentford 3-1 Bristol City - The Bees ran out comfortable winners at Griffin Park in the last meeting between the sides. Aden Flint's own goal gave Brentford the lead but Karleigh Osborne's long range striker levelled the scores moments later. Alan Judge put the hosts back into the lead before Marcelo Trotta rounded off the scoring before half-time.

LAST SEASON
Championship: 5th
FA Cup: Third round (lost to Brighton)
Capital One Cup: Second round (lost to Fulham)
 
DID YOU KNOW?
Brentford's Griffin Park is famous for having a pub on every corner of the stadium.

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