Preston starting XI: Ripley; Browne, Storey, Davies, Hughes; Pearson, Ledson; Bodin, Potts, Sinclair; Barkhuizen.

Preston substitute: Hudson, Bauer, Rafferty, Gallagher, Harrop, Maguire, Stockley.

Preston go with a 4-2-3-1 formation against Swansea City today, starting with Connor Ripley in goal given that first-choice stopper Declan Rudd remains out through injury.

Alan Browne gets the nod at right back, with Jordan Storey picked ahead of Patrick Bauer to partner Ben Davies in central defence. Andrew Hughes starts at left back.


Ben Pearson and Ryan Ledson start in central midfield, with Brad Potts operating in the number 10 role, offering some power and drive in that position.

Billy Bodin is given a surprise start on the right flank, with Scott Sinclair on the left and Tom Barkhuizen leading the line, meaning Seani Maguire is only on the bench.

Maguire is joined by Mathew Hudson, Joe Rafferty, Paul Gallagher, Josh Harrop, Jayden Stockley and the aforementioned Bauer.

The big news from the lineup is that Daniel Johnson isn’t in the squad – and he may well have played his final game for Preston.

WIGAN, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 08: Daniel Johnson of Preston North End celebrates after scoring their second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wigan Athletic and Preston North End at DW Stadium on February 08, 2020 in Wigan, England. (Photo by James Gill – Danehouse/Getty Images)

The playmaker was the source of a £2million bid from Rangers on Friday according to The Mirror, though it’s unclear what North End thought of that offer.

David Anderson from The Mirror then claimed on Friday night that Johnson had asked to be left out of today’s team to face Swansea, and that has now seemingly happened.

The 27-year-old looks to be angling for a move to Ibrox, and today’s omission takes that one step closer. With less than a year left on his contract, Johnson appears to be on his way.

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