Preston return to action this afternoon as they travel to take on Stoke City.
North End lost the reverse fixture back in September, as the Potters beat a 10-man Preston side thanks to a Lee Gregory goal.
Today’s game means more for Preston than it does for Stoke; the hosts are 16 points adrift of the playoffs and 16 points clear of the relegation zone.
North End still aren’t guaranteed of safety just yet, but a win today would certainly help the cause.
Form and team news
Preston claimed four points from two tough games against Norwich City and Swansea City, but came crashing back down to earth with a 5-0 thumping at the hands of Brentford.
This is Frankie McAvoy’s fourth game in charge as interim head coach, and he will be looking for a second win to bolster his chances of landing the job full-time.
Preston are without Liam Lindsay today, as the defender cannot play against his parent club due to the terms of the loan deal struck in January.
Daniel Johnson is unlikely to be available, whilst Joe Rafferty is still out. Declan Rudd and Patrick Bauer have stepped up their returns from lengthy injuries, but won’t be involved.
Seani Maguire and Greg Cunningham are both available though, presenting major boosts to McAvoy.
Stoke enter the game off the back of two defeats, losing at Birmingham City and at home against Millwall. Before that though, the Potters had lost just once in five games.
Goals haven’t exactly been flowing though, scoring just eight times in the last 10 Championship games – and Michael O’Neill could ring the changes.
The game kicks off at the bet365 Stadium at 12:30pm UK time. Despite being a Saturday game, the kick off time has been brought forward from 3pm in order to avoid clashing with Prince Philip’s funeral.
Even though the kick-off time has moved away from the usual 3pm black out, the game will not be shown on Sky Sports. Some games have been on the red button in the pandemic, but this game will not be.
As has been the case throughout the pandemic, today’s game will be available to watch on iFollow via Preston’s official website. Match passes cost £10.