Preston North End return to action today, as they face Wycombe Wanderers at Deepdale.

Alex Neil’s men beat Bournemouth 3-2 at the Vitality Stadium on Tuesday night, turning in a superb display on the South Coast.

Now, it’s back to Deepdale today, where North End have been disappointing this season, winning just once at home in the league.

Wycombe Wanderers are the visitors, and here’s our predicted lineup for the game ahead of kick off this afternoon…


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Barring any late injury or pandemic-related issue, Declan Rudd will start in goal for Preston this afternoon.

Alan Browne played well at right back against Bournemouth, and with Darnell Fisher seemingly still out, he looks a strong bet to stay there.

Patrick Bauer is set to miss the rest of the season with an achilles injury, so Paul Huntington should get the nod over Jordan Storey to partner Ben Davies, with his physicality needed today.

Joe Rafferty will likely start at left back, with Ryan Ledson and Ben Pearson once again starting in front of the back four.

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It’s hard to predict any other changes to the starting XI; Tom Barkhuizen and Scott Sinclair both scored against Bournemouth, whilst Daniel Johnson picked up two assists.

There may be a temptation to go with the more physical Emil Riis against Wycombe, but Seani Maguire was just so good against Bournemouth that he deserves to start again.

The likes of Connor Ripley, Jordan Storey, Brad Potts, Tom Bayliss, Jayden Stockley, Emil Riis and Josh Harrop should be on the bench, with Jacob Holland-Wilkinson in contention for another inclusion.

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