At a time when Brentford have recorded four Championship draws in succession, Preston have eased any relegation concerns with four points from games against Norwich City and Swansea City.
Having enjoyed a run to the EFL Cup semi-finals, Brentford have played several more fixtures than any of their Championship rivals this season.
Nevertheless, Thomas Frank would not have envisaged a run of three wins from 11 matches, a period which means that the Bees are yet to secure their spot in the top six.
Tiredness has played some part in Brentford's poor run of form with many players at both ends of the pitch struggling to find any consistency.
Now sitting just five points clear of seventh-placed Bournemouth, Frank requires a positive reaction from the stalemate against Birmingham City on Tuesday night.
Top goalscorer Ivan Toney has now gone six matches without contributing from open play, his last three strikes all coming from the penalty spot.
However, injury-time goals in each of those fixtures turned one point into four, establishing a 13-point gap above the relegation zone in the process.
Barring a sustained run of wins from Rotherham United, Preston should be safe with one more win, but McAvoy will want to keep impressing the powers-that-be at Deepdale.
Preston prevailed by a 4-2 scoreline in the reverse fixture in October, overturning a two-goal deficit with four strikes in 18 minutes after the break.
Barring any late fitness issues, McAvoy is expected to name the same side which started at the Liberty Stadium on Monday afternoon.
Preston North End possible starting lineup:
Iversen; Van den Berg, Storey, Lindsay, Hughes; Whiteman, Ledson, Barkhuizen; Potts; Evans, Riis Jakobsen
Brentford possible starting lineup:
Raya; Rasmussen, Jansson, Pinnock, Sorensen; Jensen, Janelt, Ghoddos; Mbeumo, Toney, Fosu-Henry
We say: Preston North End 1-1 Brentford
With extra breathing space above the bottom three, Preston can afford to play with freedom against another promotion-chasing team. With that in mind, we feel that the home side are well equipped to claim a positive result, holding their out-of-form opponents to a draw.
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