Preston North End face Huddersfield Town on Boxing Day and the visitors to Deepdale are having some real problems on and off the field.

Championship football is back but PNE fans will have to wait until next Monday to see North End in action again.

The hope is that Ryan Lowe and co can get PNE on track again after a disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

Home wins have been a problem for North End this season and some will believe that a game against Huddersfield Town is a great chance to get on track.


The Terriers sit bottom of the Championship table and are already seven points adrift of safety.

Mark Fotheringham was appointed as Terriers boss in September but has only claimed three wins from 13 so far.

The Scot is under pressure to get Huddersfield moving forward but they just can’t seem to get results going.

Things aren’t any better off the field either.

Minority owner Dean Hoyle has been in a battle to try and regain control of the club from Phil Hodgkinson.

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Their battle over control of the club has resulted in a statement form the Huddersfield Town Supporters’ Association, urging everybody involved to ‘set aside their differences’ and put the club first.

That statement highlights that Huddersfield are in real danger of a ‘catastrophe’ in terms of relegation to League One just a few years after being in the Premier League.

Huddersfield fans will hope that this rallying cry can inspire unity off the pitch but also help Fotheringham’s side pick up their performances for the second half of the season.

PNE are next up for the Terriers and North End have to be wary of a team desperate for results and even a glimmer of hope in their battle against the drop.

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