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Preview: Preston v Rovers

League football returns with a big trip to Deepdale...

22 November 2018

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Rovers will look to climb into the Championship play-off places with victory at Lancashire rivals Preston this weekend.

Here's our guide to the game...

STATE OF PLAY

Last time out, before the international break, Rovers secured a 1-1 draw against Rotherham, courtesy of Bradley Dack's 10th goal of the season. It was a result which left the Blues 9th in the table, just two points adrift of the play-offs, with 17 games played so far. League footballl returns on Saturday with a short trip to Preston, who are likely to provide a tough test after enjoying a recent upturn in form. There will be over 5,500 travelling fans roaring on Tony Mowbray's men and, as always, we'll be in attendance, bringing you team news and live updates via social media. Fans can follow the action via our official Twitter account, with kick-off scheduled for 3:00pm. 

TEAM NEWS

Tony Mowbray confirmed during his pre-match press conference on Thursday that  captain Charlie Mulgrew has trained ahead of the game, as has Derrick Williams. Meanwhile, Corry Evans could return following a one-match suspension, but Dominic Samuel (ACL) and Ben Gladwin (knee) remain long-term absentees. Preston will be without Daniel Johnson (suspension), Sean Maguire (hamstring), Billy Bodin and Josh Harrop (ACL), while Alan Browne will face a late fitness test. Both starting line-ups will be revealed an hour before kick-off on matchday via social media. 

OUR OPPONENTS

Preston have had mixed results this season, winning four, drawing six and losing seven of their league matches so far. They are, however, unbeaten in seven, and won 1-0 at Bristol City on their last outing. The Lilywhites are managed by Alex Neil, and finished seventh in the second tier under his guidance last season, leading Mowbray to comment that their current position may be a "false" one. Saturday's clash will be the 102nd between the sides, and our first since March 2017, when the teams played out a 2-2 draw at Ewood Park. Rovers fans will also have fond memories of winning promotion to the top flight at Deepdale in 2001.

SHARE YOUR FAN PICS

If you're heading to Preston on Saturday, be sure to tag your matchday pictures with #Rovers; we'll share the best posts on our official Twitter and Instagram pages. Our handle on both platforms is now @Rovers. You can also use our special matchday camera filters in the official Rovers fan app.


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