Preston return to action this afternoon as they travel down to South Wales to take on Swansea City.
North End haven’t had many trips to face Swansea, and haven’t won there for 50 years – a quite staggering record.
Today’s game certainly won’t be easy, and Swansea will be looking to complete a double having beaten North End on the opening day of the season back in September.
Form and team news
Preston claimed a last-gasp point against Norwich City on Saturday afternoon, but it’s still six games without a win for North End and just two points claimed in that run.
The Lilywhites have won just once in the last 10 games, losing six games along the way as a gradual slide towards the relegation side has left some supporters concerned.
Frankie McAvoy took charge of his first game as interim head coach on Friday, and he will be buoyed by Brad Potts bagging a last-gasp leveller to secure a point against the league leaders.
McAvoy is still without Alan Browne though, as the club captain is still suspended having been given a straight red card against Middlesbrough last month.
There doesn’t appear to be any other new injury blows after Friday’s game with Norwich, and it will be fascinated to see whether McAvoy sticks with the 4-4-2 diamond he went with against the Canaries.
Swansea sit fourth in the Championship table, so this will be another tough task for North End, but the Swans have now lost their last three games in a row.
Steve Cooper’s side lost to struggling Birmingham City on Friday night, and have recently fallen to defeats against Cardiff City and Bournemouth to all but kill off automatic promotion hopes.
Goals have been hard to come by of late, and we could subsequently see changes from the Swans, with Conor Hourihane pushing for a return to the side having been an unused substitute against Birmingham.
The game kicks off at the Liberty Stadium at 3pm UK time.
The game will not be shown on Sky Sports due to the usual 3pm blackout. 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.