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PREVIEW: PRESTON NORTH END (A)

25 February 2021

All you need to know ahead of Saturday’s game

- A preview of Huddersfield Town’s game against Preston North End
- A look at Alex Neil’s key players
- Watch the game live on iFollow HTAFC

Huddersfield Town travel to Deepdale to take on Preston North End on Saturday in their latest Sky Bet Championship fixture.

The match will take place on Saturday 27 February 2021 and will kick off at 3pm.

Town will look to bounce back with a win at Deepdale, after a 2-0 defeat away at Derby County.

Preston will be looking to secure all three points after a 0-0 draw at home to QPR.

THE OPPOSITION

Alex Neil became Preston boss in 2017 and narrowly missed out on the Play-Off places in his first season finishing 7th in the table.

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They finished 14th in his second year and, once again, made a Play-Off challenge in his third year just falling short and finishing 9th.

Preston currently sit 14th in the Sky Bet Championship with 40 points from 32 games.

The Lilywhites were one of the busier teams in the January transfer window, with eight incomings, and they will be hoping to rediscover the form which saw them beat the likes of AFC Bournemouth and Brentford earlier on in the campaign.

Interestingly, PNE’s form away from Deepdale has been much better this season. They actually have the fourth best away form in the Sky Bet Championship.

They have, however, struggled on their own turf, winning four games this season – these came between a six week period from mid-November to December.

FORM GUIDE

Preston come into the game looking to put an end to their recent run of five home games without a win.

This comes after the Lilywhites’ 0-0 draw with Queens Park Rangers in their last game at Deepdale.

Town come into Saturday’s game off the back of a 2-0 defeat away at Derby.

Despite the emphatic 4-1 win to high flying Swansea in their last home outing, it is away from home where the Terriers have struggled, with only two wins on their travels this season.

Ones to watch

Ryan Ledson

The defensive midfielder has been a mainstay in the PNE side this season and been a key part to Alex Neil’s system.

The 23-year-old has been the main creator for the Lilywhites with four assists to his name. He also has one goal.

Defensively, he averages two tackles, one interception and one clearance per game.

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Alan Browne

The Captain has been virtually ever present in the Lilywhites’ side missing only four league games this season.

The central midfielder committed his long-term future to the club earlier this month, signing a new three-and-a-half year contract to keep him at Deepdale.

He has bagged three goals so far this season, which included a brace at the John Smith’s Stadium, and also has one assist to his name.

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Scott Sinclair

Signing from Celtic in January 2020, Scott Sinclair arrived at Preston after a four-year stint in Scotland with the Hoops.

The winger boasts a wealth of experience at the highest level and has impressed during his time with the Lilywhites!

The 31-year-old is the Club’s top goal scorer this season with eight and he’s been utilised right across the front three.

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Previous encounters

The Terriers go into this fixture with the better record; they have won 36 out of the 94 encounters and have drawn 23, while the visitors are coming into the fixture having won 35.

In the last decade, however, Preston have won six out of the 10 matches since October 2011.

Town’s last away win against Preston came back in November 1969!

The Lilywhites also came out on top earlier this season. A brace from Alan Browne in the second half earnt Alex Neil’s side all three points.

Action Elsewhere

Here is a look at the full list of games in the division in this round of matches

Friday 26 February

Derby County vs Nottingham Forest, 12.30pm

Saturday 27 February

AFC Bournemouth vs Watford, 12.30pm
Barnsley vs Millwall, 3pm
Birmingham City vs Queens Park Rangers, 3pm
Blackburn Rovers vs Coventry City, 3pm
Brentford vs Stoke City, 3pm
Luton Town vs Sheffield Wednesday, 3pm
Middlesbrough vs Cardiff City, 3pm
Rotherham United vs Reading, 3pm
Swansea City vs Bristol City, 3pm
Sunday 28 February
Wycombe Wanderers vs Norwich City, 2pm

TEAM NEWS

Carlos Corberán will provide an update on his side ahead of Saturday’s game during his virtual press conference on Friday 26 February 2021.

KIT

Town will be in the yellow and purple kit for trip to Deepdale – CLICK HERE to get your shirt!

HOW TO WATCH

Huddersfield Town supporters can watch Saturday’s game against Luton Town on iFollow HTAFC.

As per the agreement between the EFL and Sky Sports, Season Card holders will not be able to watch the game for free.

That means that all supporters have to purchase a match pass on iFollow HTAFC to watch the game!

All proceeds from match passes from iFollow HTAFC, less VAT and transactional costs, will go to YOUR Club regardless whether it’s a home or away Sky Bet Championship fixture. Please support Huddersfield Town and do not use illegal streams to view matches.

The match pass will cost £10; CLICK HERE to get yours.

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Match Reports

REPORT: PRESTON 3–0 TOWN

27 February 2021

Huddersfield Town were beaten 3-0 by Preston North End in the Sky Bet Championship.

The Terriers had made a bright start and went close through Isaac Mbenza and Lewis O’Brien before Brad Potts put the hosts ahead.

Ched Evans and Scott Sinclair completed the scoring in the second half as the Terriers were beaten by three at Deepdale.

Carlos Corberán made two changes to the Town side from last time out with Rarmani Edmonds-Green and Isaac Mbenza returning to the XI.

New signing Yaya Sanogo was included on the bench in Lancashire having signed for the Terriers as a free agent earlier in the week.

It was the Spaniard’s side who got off to the brighter start in the north west when the game got underway.

The early exchanges saw a pair of early chances for Mbenza on his return to the starting line-up. After mistiming a first-time strike with his first effort, he struck sweetly at goal moments later, but his aerial strike was tipped over by Daniel Iversen, springing to his left.

Preston’s first attempt came courtesy of Captain Alan Browne. Having scored both of the Lilywhites’ goals in October’s reverse fixture at the John Smith’s Stadium, the Irish midfielder powered over from a central area just outside the box.

The Terriers countered that with an opportunity of their own at the other end. This time it was Pipa, starting at left-back, who cut in on his right foot and produced a low drive at goal that was spilled by Iversen but cleared from danger by the hosts’ defence.

Town’s pressure on the home goal continued and with it came a strong shout for a penalty. Fraizer Campbell had been slipped in on goal and looked to be brought down from behind but the referee waived the Terriers’ claims away.

In the moments that followed, a clever Duane Holmes through-ball created Town’s best chance of the game so far.

One week on from his brace against Swansea City, the midfielder turned playmaker and smartly lobbed in Lewis O’Brien who saw his low effort denied well by an on-rushing Iversen.

For all of Town’s work in the opening 25 minutes, it was the hosts who took the lead. After Ryan Schofield had denied Scott Sinclair’s original effort, Brad Potts’ effort was too strong for Naby Sarr to keep out on the line, putting the Lilywhites 1-0 up.

In search of an equaliser, it was Mbenza who was again involved for Town. The winger’s free-kick tested Iversen and forced the Preston ‘keeper to get across his goal and parry the whipped effort to safety.

Juninho Bacuna, who scored Town’s goal on our last visit to Deepdale in November 2019, was also causing problems for the Lilywhites’ defenders.

He tricked his way around the edge of the penalty area before riding a challenge and getting a low shot off that was collected comfortably in the end by the goalkeeper.

Having gone into the break a goal behind, Town made one half-time change with Aaron Rowe entering the fray in place of Rarmani Edmonds-Green.

It was the former who got off the Terriers’ first effort of the half, firing low from the edge of the box with his shot deflected away from goal.

At the other end, Potts had his eye in for goal again early in the half. Preston’s goalscorer was teed up and produced a curling effort which cannoned off the bar and flew over.

Potts then turned provider as the Lilywhites took the opportunity to double their advantage on 67 minutes.

The attacking midfielder pulled the ball back into the path of Ched Evans who slotted the ball into the net to put the home side 2-0 ahead.

Almost immediately after, Town had a chance to get back into the encounter. A corner from the left was cleared to O’Brien who struck his volley in the path of Sarr, with the defender flicking the ball towards the goal but over the crossbar.

With just over 15 minutes to go, there was a Town debut for new signing Yaya Sanogo. The forward replaced Campbell as the Terriers continued the push for way back into the game.

But the game’s third and final goal went in the way of the hosts not long after. Substitute Tom Barkhuizen played the ball into the path of Sinclair who rounded off a counter-attacking move by finding the net to make it a three-goal lead in the closing stages.

Referee James Linington’s whistle went soon after as Town were condemned to defeat in Lancashire.

Next up for the Terriers is a return to the John Smith’s Stadium to face Birmingham City in the Sky Bet Championship on Tuesday 2 March 2021; 7pm kick-off.

PRESTON NORTH END (4-2-3-1)

Daniel Iversen; Greg Cunningham, Andrew Hughes, Jordan Storey, Sepp Van den Berg; Alan Browne (c), Ben Whiteman; Anthony Gordon (Tom Barkhuizen, 77’), Brad Potts, Scott Sinclair; Ched Evans

Unused subs

Connor Ripley; Tom Bayliss, Daniel Johnson, Joe Rafferty, Emil Riis, Jayson Molumby, Paul Huntington, Joe Rodwell-Grant

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN (4-3-3)

Ryan Schofield; Pipa, Naby Sarr, Richard Keogh (Richard Stearman, 75’), Rarmani Edmonds-Green (Aaron Rowe, 46’); Álex Vallejo, Lewis O’Brien (c), Juninho Bacuna; Duane Holmes (Kieran Phillips, 53’), Fraizer Campbell (Yaya Sanogo, 75’), Isaac Mbenza (Scott High, 68’)

Unused subs

Joel Pereira; Alex Pritchard, Demeaco Duhaney, Sorba Thomas

REFEREE

James Linington

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