Opposition Focus: Preston North End

Credit: Preston North End FC

Form: After a less than impressive February, in which they only picked up 6 points from 15, Preston have turned a corner in March winning both of their first two games. Starting with a 3-1 win away at Bolton following that up with a 2-1 win at home to Bristol City.

And in a complete 180 from our opponents on Tuesday in Sheffield United, Preston have actually drawn the most games in the league this year, with 15 stalemates compared to 14 wins.

Formation: 4–2-3-1 which can also be switched to a 4-3-3 with Alan Browne moving between a #10 and a central midfielder, a very similar formation to ours with Tom Cairney.

Dangermen: After scoring three goals in his last two games, both from the bench, don’t be surprised to see Sean Maguire getting a start. He’s been described as ‘a natural goal scorer’ by boss Alex Neil. Also, keep an eye out for midfielder Billy Bodin who played a key part in our loss to Bristol Rovers in the League Cup earlier in the season.

Battle to watch: Alan Browne v Kevin McDonald. Given the similarities in formations and the way we keep possession, it’ll be up to Kevin to keep any counter-attacks under control

Prediction: Preston have the ability to cause us problems, they aren’t up near the top for no reason and I honestly won’t be surprised with any kind of result. However I just think the way we have been playing and the momentum we’ve gathered over a much longer period than Preston, this should be a hard fought win for The Whites.

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