Preston North End travel to Blackburn Rovers on Saturday to face their rivals in the Lancashire Derby at 3pm.
North End’s recent record at Ewood Park has been great but I don’t think too many will be expecting The Lilywhites to come away with three points.
They are unbeaten in their last five trips to Ewood Park, winning three and drawing two. There has been some jubilant scenes there in recent seasons. Joey Garner’s chicken dance in 2016, Aiden McGeady’s last minute equaliser the year after and Daniel Johnson goal from a wonderful team move in 2019.
Last season without the fans, goals from Greg Cunningham and Liam Lindsay gave Preston a 2-1 victory. This season Blackburn are having a good campaign and currently sit in fourth place in the Championship.
They’ve only lost one of their last seven, although in that game they did concede seven against Fulham.
There may be an unfamiliar face in between the sticks for Rovers on Saturday as first choice ‘keeper Thomas Kaminski went off injured against Stoke City.
His injury is in the lower abdominal area and the club’s player of the year last season would be a big miss for them. Tony Mowbray is unsure of the severity of the injury at the moment.
His replacement during the Stoke game was Aynsley Pears who hasn’t played since an FA Cup game in January. His last league start came in November last year against his former club Middlesbrough.
A lack of match action for the 23 year-old could benefit Preston. Being thrust into a derby will be tough for him and with winters conditions in full throw he will find it tricky.
Emil Riis loves a powerful shot from pretty much anywhere and should be keen to test out Pears early on in the game on Saturday if he is indeed selected.