Preston boss Alex Neil has heaped praise on Leeds United – but does feel they’re beatable.
North End are back at Deepdale on Tuesday night, hosting Leeds after a dismal away trip to Reading. Matt Miazga’s 97 minute winner handed Reading all three points against North End, ending Preston’s unbeaten run.
With that eight-game run over, Preston need to hit back quickly. Fortunately, there are two huge home games to come in the next few days. Firstly, it’s Leeds on Tuesday night, and then it’s Blackburn Rovers in a local derby on Saturday.
Neil won’t want that one defeat to derail North End, but he can take heart from knowing that the two league defeats Preston have suffered this season have been followed by wins.
Tuesday’s clash will be a tough ask though, with Leeds one of the favourites to go up. Everyone knows about their style of play under Marcelo Bielsa, and they sit second in the table after a 1-0 win over Birmingham City.
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Their recent form has been patchy though, with two wins, two defeats and a draw in their last five games. Whilst Tuesday’s game will be tough – Leeds beat North End twice in the league last season without even conceding a goal – Neil thinks there is a chance.
Neil heaped praise on Leeds today, suggesting they’re one of the best teams in the league, praising their chance creation and their control of possession.
However, the North End boss also feels that other teams have shown how Leeds can be beaten, and Preston will hope to do the same tomorrow night.