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Preview: Preston North End v Rovers

A look ahead to the big derby game against Alex Neil's Lilywhites at Deepdale

25 October 2019

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Rovers return to action this weekend with a local trip to take on Preston North End at Deepdale on Saturday afternoon.

Rovers make the short 10 mile trip to PNE looking to get back on track following a disappointing night against Birmingham City at St Andrew's in midweek.

Preston come into the game with one win from their last six games in all competitions, which came in fine style thanks to a 5-1 home victory against Barnsley.

Rovers will be without Lewis Holtby for the derby battle, with the German missing due to a hamstring injury picked up against Huddersfield Town last weekend.

Ben Brereton and Dominic Samuel are closing in on a first team return but won't be rushed back for this weekend's encounter, whilst ex-PNE man Greg Cunningham remains out for the season.

Darragh Lenihan also misses out with a hamstring strain, which means that Tosin Adarabioyo and Derrick Williams are set to continue at the heart of the Rovers backline.

Williams is expected to come face to face with a couple of international colleagues in Republic of Ireland international duo Sean Maguire and Alan Browne, who are both expected to be a part of the Preston squad.

Paul Gallagher, who came through the Rovers Academy system to appear almost 100 times for the first team, is 

But the hosts have a doubt regarding former Manchester United winger Josh Harrop, but Tom Clarke and Lewis Moult will definitely miss out after picking up long-term injuries.

Their last outing saw Alex Neil's side draw at home with high-flying Leeds United. In fine form on home turf, their record at Deepdale is a key reason as to why Neil's men find themselves occupying the final play-off position in the Championship.

They are unbeaten in their last home league outings and, along with Cardiff City and West Bromwich Albion, are one of three sides who are still yet to suffer defeat at their home.

If you're making a late decision about whether to join us at Deepdale, tickets are available from Preston on the day of the game with no price increase.

If you can't make it, you can track all of the afternoon's action on iFollow Rovers and across our social media channels.

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