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PREVIEW: PRESTON NORTH END (H)

22 October 2020

Everything you need to know ahead of Saturday’s game

- Huddersfield Town vs Preston North End preview
- The ones to watch on Alex Neil’s side
- Watch the game on iFollow HTAFC

Huddersfield Town will welcome Preston North End to the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday 24 October 2020; 3pm kick-off.

Carlos Corberán’s Terriers will be hoping to stretch their unbeaten run to five league matches this weekend.

Town go into this game off of the back of a 1-0 win against Derby County on Tuesday after Juninho Bacuna’s solitary strike. The win means Town have picked up 10 points from the last 12 available.

This is the second of the two home games in week for Town as they face Preston North End on Saturday.

THE OPPOSITION

Having finished just four points off the play-off places in 2019/20, Alex Neil’s side will be looking at pushing towards promotion at the end of this season.

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They have so far endured an even start to the season after winning three out of their first six games.

Goals have not been hard to come by at the beginning of this season; they have scored eight in their six games.

PNE have been particularly impressive on their travels boasting the best away form in the Sky Bet Championship.

FORM GUIDE

As mentioned earlier, the Terriers will be looking to make it five games unbeaten when they face Alex Neil’s side on Saturday.

The win against Derby on Tuesday continued the winning streak after the win against Swansea last weekend after coming back from the international break.

As for the visitors, they will be looking to back up their 2-0 win during the week against QPR.

Before this victory, Preston had only won one other game this season; the Lilywhites beat Brentford prior to the international break.

ONES TO WATCH

Ryan Ledson

Ledson joined Preston in the summer of the 2018/19 season from Oxford United and in his first season alone he made almost 30 appearances. The 23-year-old was part of England’s youth set-up between 2012 and 2017. This season has seen a good start for the midfielder as he has started each game in the first five fixtures of the 2020/21 campaign. He’s been impressing alongside Ben Pearson in the middle of midfield.

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Alan Browne

Club Captain Alan Browne joined PNE in January 2014 and has been a key player ever since. The midfielder has been capped for the Republic of Ireland on 10 occasions and scored his only international goal against Bulgaria in September 2019. He has won countless awards at Preston such as: Fans’ Young Player of the Year, Player of the Year, Goal of the Season and Players’ Player of the Year.

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Scott Sinclair

The forward joined Preston from Celtic in January this year and has been in the starting line-up in each game this season so far. Sinclair is responsible for half of the goals that Preston have scored this season; he has scored four goals in five games. The 31-year-old will be looking to continue this run against the Terriers.

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PREVIOUS ENCOUNTERS

The Terriers go into this fixture with the better record; they have won 36 out of the 93 encounters and have drawn 23, while the visitors are coming into the fixture having won only 34.

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

Town’s last win in the fixture came back in the 2016/17 season when Collin Quaner scored in the 90th minute to give the Terriers all three points in a 3-2 win at the John Smith’s Stadium.

ACTION ELSEWHERE

Saturday’s meeting with the Lilywhites is one of 12 fixtures across the Sky Bet Championship this weekend.

Here is a look at the full list of games in the division in this round of matches (all kick-offs are at 3pm unless stated otherwise):

FRIDAY 23 OCTOBER 2020

Nottingham Forest vs Derby County (7.45pm KO)

SATURDAY 24 OCTOBER 2020

Watford vs AFC Bournemouth (12.30pm KO)
Huddersfield Town vs Preston North End
Queens Park Rangers vs Birmingham City
Norwich City vs Wycombe Wanderers
Reading vs Rotherham United
Cardiff City vs Middlesbrough
Sheffield Wednesday vs Luton Town
Bristol City vs Swansea City
Millwall vs Barnsley
Coventry City vs Blackburn Rovers
Stoke City vs Brentford

TEAM NEWS

Carlos Corberán will provide an update on his side ahead of Saturday’s game during his virtual press conference on Friday 23 October 2020.

KIT

The Terriers will once again be in the blue-and-white striped home kit this weekend. CLICK HERE to order yours!

HOW TO WATCH

With the game being played behind-closed-doors, Town Season Card holders will be able to watch the match for FREE on iFollow HTAFC!

If you aren’t a Season Card Holder, then you can purchase a match pass for £10. CLICK HERE for more information.


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