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Confirmed Preston lineup v Middlesbrough tonight: Stockley starts, Riis on the bench

Preston North End starting XI: Rudd; Fisher, Huntington, Davies, Hughes; Ledson, Browne; Barkhuizen, Potts, Sinclair; Stockley.

Preston North End substitutes: Ripley, Storey, Earl, Rafferty, Bayliss, O’Reilly, Harrop, Riis, Maguire.

Preston return to action this evening, as they take on Middlesbrough at Deepdale.

North End have struggled at home this season, and need a response after a disappointing 2-2 draw with Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.

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Alex Neil is able to welcome back Darnell Fisher and Andrew Hughes into the full back areas, joining Ben Davies and Paul Huntington in the back four ahead of Declan Rudd.

Ben Pearson will be out for the foreseeable future with an ankle injury, so Alan Browne moves into midfield alongside Ryan Ledson.

Daniel Johnson is out through suspension, so Brad Potts takes the number 10 role tonight, with Tom Barkhuizen and Scott Sinclair flanking him.

Despite Seani Maguire being impressive in recent games, Neil has gone with Jayden Stockley to lead the line, seemingly anticipating a physical battle.

Josh Earl returns to the bench, alongside Connor Ripley, Jordan Storey, Joe Rafferty, Tom Bayliss, Adam O’Reilly, Josh Harrop, Emil Riis and Maguire.

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