Preston North End starting XI: Woodman; Storey, Bauer, Hughes; Potts, Onomah, Whiteman, Johnson, Fernandez; Parrott, Cannon.

Preston North End substitutes: Cornell, Lindsay, Slater, Ledson, McCann, Woodburn, Delap.

Ryan Lowe takes his Preston North End side into another Lancashire derby this evening as Blackburn Rovers head to Deepdale.

PNE have lost at Millwall and Swansea City over the last week and must win today to keep the playoff dreams alive.

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North End smashed Rovers 4-1 away from home in December and won their last Lancashire derby against Blackpool.

Lowe will be looking for more of the same today – especially against a rival in the playoff push.

Freddie Woodman lines up in goal but there is a surprise start for Patrick Bauer in the heart of Lowe’s back three.

Bambo Diaby is suspended but many expected Liam Lindsay to start in his place, only for German Bauer to be brought in from the cold.

Jordan Storey and Andrew Hughes will flank Bauer in the PNE back line.

Brad Potts and Alvaro Fernandez line up as the wing backs today with Ben Whiteman in a holding midfield role.

Daniel Johnson and Josh Onomah will be relied upon for creativity with Troy Parrott supporting Tom Cannon up top.

That means Liam Delap drops to the bench, joining Dai Cornell, Liam Lindsay, Jacob Slater, Ryan Ledson, Ali McCann and Ben Woodburn.

Blackburn Rovers starting XI: Pears; Rankin-Costello, Carter, Hyam, Pickering; Travis, Morton, A Wharton; Thomas, Szmodics, Dolan.

Blackburn Rovers substitutes: Kaminski, Brittain, S Wharton, Garrett, Hedges, Dack, Brereton Diaz.

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