prefer against

prefer something against someone

to file legal charges against someone [with the police]; to file a complaint or a charge against someone. The neighbors preferred charges against the driver of the car who ruined their lawns. I will not prefer charges against the driver, since it was partly my fault.
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The Magpies started with the 4-3-3 formation certain sections of fans prefer against the Belgian top-flight table-toppers.