Preston have begun this campaign with one point from a possible nine but they could easily have much more.

Alex Neil's side conceded to Swansea City's only shot on target on opening day before being denied victory at Norwich City by an 85th minute goal. Last time out against Stoke City, they saw Tom Barkhuizen unfortunately sent off after just 22 minutes in a 1-0 defeat.

North End did make progress to the Third Round of the Carabao Cup, beating Mansfield Town and Derby County, before losing to Brighton and Hove Albion.

Preston have kept their powder dry in the transfer market this summer. Forward Emile Ris Jakobsen the sole arrival with Tom Clarke (Salford) and Josh Ginnelly (Hearts) the only major outgoings.


Rico Henry is a doubt for tomorrow with a hamstring issue but other than that Thomas Frank has no new issues to deal with.

Tom Barkhuizen is suspended following his red card while Louis Moult and Darnell Fisher will definintely miss out through injury. Josh Earl and Daniel Johnson are also doubts.


Alex Neil joined Preston North End in July 2017 to manage his second Sky Bet Championship club at the age of just 36.

Neil has already enjoyed success as a manager, winning promotion on two occasions, most notably to the Premier League with Norwich City in 2015. His three seasons in charge at North End have ended with 7th, 14th, and 9th-placed finishes.

Neil's career as manager follows a playing career that saw him win the Scottish Football League First Division in 2008 while at Hamilton Academical, before taking the role of player-manager at the club.

During his playing career, Neil also represented Barnsley and Mansfield Town before making his move to Hamilton in 2005, where he spent ten years.


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