We return after the international break with a trip to Deepdale to take on Preston North End. The hosts have won all three of their league games on home soil this term while we head into the game off the back of victory over Derby County. Ahead of the game, here's all the details for tomorrow's trip.
- We have lost just two of our last 13 league matches against Preston (W9 D2 L2).
- The last five league meetings between us and Preston at Deepdale have seen 25 goals scored, with both sides scoring at least twice in each of the last three.
- Preston midfielder Daniel Johnson has been involved in more Championship goals than any other player this season (4 goals, 3 assists).
- Ollie Watkins has scored four goals in his last five Championship games
- Preston have lost just two of their last 14 home games in all competitions (W6 D6 L2).
- Although no Championship player has attempted more shots than Sergi Canos this season, the Spaniard has had more shots without scoring than any other player (22).
After a nightmare start 12 months ago, Preston have enjoyed a far better opening half-dozen games this time round. North End have been perfect on home soil thus far, dispatching Wigan Athletic, Stoke City, and Sheffield Wednesday, scoring eight goals in the process. Progress has also been made in the Carabao Cup with Lancashire neighbours Manchester City now lying in wait in Round Three.
Daniel Johnson's four goals last month earned him the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month prize but behind him the goals have been shared around. Billy Bodin has two while five other players have chipped in with a goal each.
In terms of player movement, it was fairly quiet in the North West over the summer months. David Nugent, Tom Bayliss, and Josh Ginnelly joined permanently with Andre Green arriving on loan. In the other direction, Callum Robinson joined Sheffield United while Andy Boyle, Marnick Vermijl, and Chris Maxwell also departed.
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.
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.
Last season he led North End to a 14th-placed finish, having narrowly missed out on the Play-Offs during his first season in charge.
Dru Yearwood, Mads Bech Sorensen, and Nikos Karelis are all getting closer according to boss Thomas Frank with the rest of the squad ready for action.
Alex Neil faces a raft of injury concerns with Andrew Hughes, Tom Barkhuizen and Sean Maguire all likely to be missing. Darnell Fisher should be available but David Nugent is not fit.
THOMAS' PRE-MATCH PRESS
There's Pay on the Day from the Bill Shankly Kop ticket office (duplicates/collections from same place) after 1pm, cash or card, no price increase
All juniors under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
HOW TO FOLLOW
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