Preston are back in action on Saturday afternoon, as they travel to take on Stoke City.

North End racked up arguably heir most impressive win of the season last weekend, beating QPR 4-1 away from home.

Alex Neil will hope for a similar performance this weekend, even in a tricky trip to the Potteries.

Stoke beat Leeds United 2-1 last weekend, and there is a real buzz after Nathan Jones’ arrival as manager.


North End face a tough task, and it’s hard to see Neil making many changes for this game.

Declan Rudd will surely keep his place in goal ahead of new signing Connor Ripley. Rudd hasn’t kept a clean sheet since Ripley’s arrival, but did perform well at QPR.

Despite the signing of Rochdale’s Joe Rafferty, Darnell Fisher should remain at right back having got somewhere closer to his est last weekend. Neil must decided whether to stick with Jordan Storey and Ben Davies or centre back, or bring more experience in. We’re backing Storey and Davies to start again, with Andrew Hughes at left back.

Ben Pearson will be one of the first names on the team sheet, and the balance in midfield worked well in a 4-1-4-1 system. That would mean Alan Browne and Brad Potts continuing centrally ahead of Pearson. Paull Gallagher may start out wide again as he takes on a former club, with Seani Maguire on the left.

Tom Barkhuizen could push for a recall on either flank, but sticking with what worked is something Neil should finally do this season. That would leave Jayden Stockley up front, as he looks to build on a first Preston goal last weekend.

The bench should be Ripley, Huntington, Rafferty, Ledson, Johnson, Barkhuizen and Nmecha, even with Tom Clarke and Louis Moult back in contention.

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