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Preston predicted lineup v Blackpool tonight as Riis and McCann only make the bench

Preston face bitter rivals Blackpool in the Championship tonight with the chance to exorcise some demons from the October meeting.

North End lost 2-0 at Bloomfield Road back in October, turning in a lifeless performance that will live long in the memory for all the wrong reasons

Preston cannot afford to play that way again tonight. Players need to stand up and be counted, bringing some life to this drab end to the season.

Two defeats in a row to Luton Town and Derby County is hardly ideal preparation, and North End now haven’t scored in three games.

It really is a case of turn up tonight or have your Preston legacy defined by misery against our biggest rivals.

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But who exactly will be turning up for Preston tonight? Here’s our best attempt at predicting Ryan Lowe’s starting lineup against Blackpool…

Barring any late issues, brilliant loan goalkeeper Daniel Iversen will be starting once again having turned in a superb display at Derby County.

Lowe went with a back four against Derby but we would anticipate a return to the back three against Blackpool.

That will likely mean starts for Sepp van den Berg, Patrick Bauer and Andrew Hughes from right to left.

Brad Potts was rested against Derby and looks set to come back in as the right wing back, but just who plays on the left side is anybody’s guess.

Josh Earl wasn’t involved against Derby but with few other natural options in that position, he may be needed against Blackpool.

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In our opinion it’s time for a change in midfield but we can’t see it coming tonight.

Ali McCann should be part of this team; Preston’s midfield has been dire of late and McCann’s sheer tenacity would be vital on a night like tonight.

Instead, we think Lowe will stick with his midfield triumvirate of Ben Whiteman, Alan Browne and Daniel Johnson.

It’s hard to see Emil Riis starting this game given that he has been substituted early in his last two outings, so Ched Evans will likely partner Cameron Archer up top.

Evans is carrying a knock but Lowe seems confident that he will be available for the game.

Preston predicted lineup v Blackpool: Iversen; Van den Berg, Bauer, Hughes; Potts, Browne, Whiteman, Johnson, Earl; Evans, Archer.

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