Preston North End starting XI: Woodman; Diaby, Lindsay, Hughes; McCann, Browne, Whiteman, Johnson, Fernandez; Riis, Evans.

Preston North End substitutes: Cornell, Cunningham, Bauer, Potts, Ledson, Woodburn, Cross-Adair.

Ryan Lowe’s Preston North End side are back in action once again this afternoon as they travel to take on Stoke City.

Three defeats in a row at the hands of Queens Park Rangers, Huddersfield Town and West Bromwich Albion have dulled the PNE playoff shouts.

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A game against former North End boss Alex Neil is hardly ideal today but Lowe will be looking for a big response.

Freddie Woodman keeps his place in goal but there are a couple of changes at the back.

Andrew Hughes returns from injury as the left-sided centre back with Bambo Diaby starting on the right.

Liam Lindsay moves back into the centre of defence today with Patrick Bauer on the bench and Jordan Storey not involved.

Ben Whiteman starts in holding midfield with Daniel Johnson and one of Alan Browne or Ali McCann; who ever isn’t in midfield will be at right wing back.

Alvaro Fernandez starts as the left wing back with Ched Evans and Emil Riis leading the PNE attack this afternoon.

Brad Potts and Ryan Ledson join Bauer in dropping to the bench after the defeat at West Bromwich Albion.

Dai Cornell, Greg Cunningham, Ben Woodburn and Finlay Cross-Adair make up the rest of the PNE bench today.

Stoke City starting XI: Bonham; Wilmot, Souttar, Fox; Clarke, Baker, Smallbone, Thompson, Tymon; Campbell, Brown.

Stoke City substitutes: Bursik, Delap, Kilkenny, Fosu, Powell, Laurent, Taylor.

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