Preston starting XI: Woodman; Storey, Diaby, Hughes; Browne, McCann, Whiteman, Brady, Fernandez; Riis, Maguire.

Preston substitutes: Cornell, Cunningham, Potts, Ledson, Woodburn, Evans, Cross-Adair.

Preston are back in action this afternoon with Stoke City the latest visitors to Deepdale.

Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat at Bristol City meant North End couldn’t quite make it three wins in a row after beating West Bromwich Albion and Norwich City.

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Ryan Lowe will hope for better this afternoon and there are changes in the North End side.

Freddie Woodman starts in goal as usual, but Liam Lindsay misses out on a game against his former club having picked up a knock at Ashton Gate.

Bambo Diaby comes into the side as the middle centre back in Lowe’s back three, with Jordan Storey returning on the right, allowing Andrew Hughes to shift back over to the left.

Alvaro Fernandez is passed fit to play at left wing back with Alan Browne back in at right wing back.

Ben Whiteman, Ali McCann and Robbie Brady again form what is fast becoming North End’s best midfield three.

Emil Riis starts once again up front with support from Seani Maguire.

There is a surprise inclusion on the bench as teenager Finlay Cross-Adair is given a spot as a substitute.

Cross-Adair is a second-year scholar at North End and has impressed in first-team training of late with Lowe hailing him as ‘fantastic’ last month.

The 17-year-old started against Wrexham in the Central League in midweek and managed to get on the scoresheet, so the teenager is now in contention for first-team action following Troy Parrott’s injury.

Dai Cornell, Greg Cunningham, Brad Potts, Ryan Ledson, Ben Woodburn and Ched Evans make up the rest of the Preston bench this afternoon.

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