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Predicted Preston line-up v QPR: Clarke out, Gallagher returns

Preston are back in action this weekend, as they travel to West London to take on Queens Park Rangers.

Alex Neil’s side drew 1-1 at home to Swansea City last weekend, with Daniel Johnson’s penalty rescuing a point.

This weekend, North End take on a QPR side who sit 11th in the Championship table, but haven’t won in the last three.

North End beat the R’s 1-0 on the first day of the Championship season, with Alan Browne scoring the winner. Neil will hope for a similar result at Loftus Road, having picked up just two points in the last five games.

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Predicted line-up

We’re expecting Declan Rudd to keep his place in goal, even with new signing Connor Ripley on board.

Tom Clarke looks set to mis out, meaning that Darnell Fisher may start despite his torrid form this season. Neil seemed to be reluctant to use Fisher last weekend, instead shifting Andrew Hughes to centre back and bringing on Josh Earl for the injured Paul Huntington.

Yet when Clarke went off injured himself, Neil had no other option but to use Fisher – and he may be faced with the same issue this weekend. No new right back has been signed yet, meaning Fisher is almost certain to start alongside Huntington, Jordan Storey and Hughes in defence.

After a rest last weekend, it would be little surprise to see Paul Gallagher return alongside Ben Pearson in midfield. It would be harsh to leave Johnson out, but Gallagher has been so important this term, that he should return.

Tom Barkhuizen looks like he needs a rest, but Neil rarely rests him. Seani Maguire or Lukas Nmecha should come in on the left, but Barkhuizen will probably still start.

Alan Browne should start in the 10 role, with Brad Potts on the right after making his debut against Swansea. That would leave target man Jayden Stockley up top, having made a promising debut last weekend.

In this case, we would expect a bench of Connor Ripley, Calum Woods, Ryan Ledson, Daniel Johnson, Seani Maguire, Lukas Nmecha and one more. Another defender would be ideal, but it will probably be Brandon Barker or Josh Ginnelly.

The game comes too soon for Louis Moult and Ben Davies, whilst Josh Harrop, Callum Robinson and Billy Bodin remain out.

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