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Preston predicted lineup tonight: Emil Riis returns to starting XI, Huntington misses out

Preston are back in action tonight as they travel to Oakwell to take on Barnsley in the Championship.

North End were thrashed 3-0 on the road at Luton Town on Saturday afternoon, and must now try to muster up a response in Yorkshire.

Alex Neil has slammed his side’s performance at Kenilworth Road, and will be desperate to see a reaction against Valerian Ismael’s side.

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There may be a temptation to make changes, but injuries do make that a little difficult, especially at the back; with that in mind, here’s our predicted lineup for tonight’s game.

As we say every time, Declan Rudd will be the starter unless there is some late injury or pandemic-related issue we don’t yet know about.

Neil may want to go with a back three to match up with Barnsley, but that may be difficult with Patrick Bauer out and Paul Huntington carrying a knock.

We’re therefore guessing a back four of Darnell Fisher, Jordan Storey, Ben Davies and Andrew Hughes, with Storey coming in for Huntington.

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Ryan Ledson was hooked at half time against Luton, but should start with Alan Browne again, even with a temptation to stick Tom Bayliss into the side.

Brad Potts is carrying a knock, so we expect Daniel Johnson to play as the number 10 tonight, flanked by Tom Barkhuizen and Scott Sinclair.

Jayden Stockley as ineffective against Luton, so this seems an ideal time to go with Emil Riis from the start having impressed against Middlesbrough last week.

That would leave the likes of Stockley, Bayliss, Connor Ripley, Joe Rafferty, Josh Earl, Josh Harrop, Seani Maguire, Paul Gallagher on the bench, alongside one other player – Huntington or Potts could be risked, or it could be a youngster like Jacob Holland-Wilkinson, Lewis Coulton or Adam O’Reilly.

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