A look at Saturday’s match at Preston, with key travel information for Town fans making the trip to Deepdale.
Current standings: Preston are ninth in the Championship having drawn their last three games. Alex Neil’s side have lost just one league game since falling to a 3-0 defeat at Portman Road in November. Town sit 14th following the 1-0 loss at home to Cardiff on Wednesday.
Preston – 9/15 points.
Nottingham Forest (A) W 3-0
Hull (H) W 2-1
Brentford (A) D 1-1
Wolves (H) D 1-1
Aston Villa (A) D 1-1
Town – 5/15 points.
Wolves (H) L 1-0
Sunderland (A) W 2-0
Burton (H) D 0-0
Norwich (A) D 1-1
Cardiff (H) L 1-0
Last time we met: Town 3-0 Preston 04.11.17
Goals either side of half-time sent Mick McCarthy’s men well on their way to three points against Preston back in November. Martyn Waghorn opened the scoring just before the break with a clever free-kick before David McGoldrick doubled the advantage with a fine header four minutes after the restart. Jordan Spence put in an excellent performance and notched his second assist of the game when Bersant Celina rifled home from a tight angle to put the result beyond doubt.
Previous meetings at Deepdale:
30.01.10 Preston 2-0 Town
11.12.10 Preston 1-0 Town
14.01.14 Preston 3-2 Town (FA Cup)
22.08.15 Preston 1-2 Town
28.01.17 Preston 1-1 Town
One to watch: Tom Barkhuizen
Barkhuizen has scored in two of his last three games, with the striker netting away to Brentford and against Aston Villa last weekend. The Englishman has seven goals and six assists to his name this campaign, and is arguably Preston’s most significant threat following the departure of Jordan Hugill to West Ham in the January transfer window.
Could be the difference: Joe Garner
Garner missed the midweek clash against Cardiff and faces a late fitness test ahead of Town’s trip to Deepdale. The 29-year-old, who is Blues’ joint-top scorer this term with 10 goals, spent three years with Preston and grew up a North End fan.
Referee: Scott Duncan
Assistants : David Avent and Robert Merchant
Fourth official : Scott Oldham
On Saturday and Sunday the M6 northbound ONLY will be restricted to one lane during the daytime – so delays can be expected from 7am to 8pm each day.
There will also be daytime restrictions from the A34 and onto the northbound slip road at junction 7 (Great Barr).
Allow plenty of extra time if you plan to use the M6 northbound this weekend.