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Posted Fri 05 May 17

Wolverhampton Wanderers v PNE, Sun 7th May, 12 noon

The final hurrahs of the 2016/17 season will be made at Molinuex in this early kick-off, as the Lilywhites face Paul Lambert’s Wolverhampton Wanderers in their 46th and final Sky Bet Championship game of the campaign.

It’s a game both sides will look to win to try and complete their fixtures on a high ready to take into the break and give them a springboard for next season. Players on both teams will be looking to impress, knowing their respective managers will be looking at what areas need to be improved during the summer.

The two sides have played many entertaining games at Molineux over the years and the fans will be hoping for something of the same this Sunday.

Team News
Manager Simon Grayson welcomes back Ben Pearson and Paul Gallagher after suspension. Tom Clarke (Achilles), Greg Cunningham (broken leg) and John Welsh (calf) are all ruled out.

Calum Woods will also not be risked, although the defender has returned to full training now and will be back and available from pre-season having missed the entire season with a cruciate injury picked up in pre-season at Oldham.

Helder Costa, Wolves' record £13m signing, looks set to miss the final game of the campaign with an ankle injury, although Preston-born former North End goalkeeper Andrew Lonergan and defender Matt Doherty could both return.

Carl Ikeme is definitely out and Ivan Cavaleiro is suspended after his sending-off in last weekend's defeat at Derby County.

The Match Official
Darren England is the man with the whistle for this final game of the 2016/17 season at Molineux on Sunday lunchtime. It is the official’s first Championship game of the season; in his second year on the league’s lists.

This year he has taken charge of 40 games so far, issuing 113 cautions and nine red cards in those fixtures, his last game being Northampton Town’s 0-0 draw in their final game of the season with Gillingham last Sunday.

From The Archives
Back on Boxing Day 2001, two goals from striker David Healy earned North End a thrilling away victory over Wolves at Molineux.

New £350,000 signing Dean Sturridge had given the home side the perfect start when he chipped over on-rushing PNE 'keeper David Lucas on 19 minutes.

But a stern half-time talk from manager David Moyes inspired the Lilywhites into action and, two minutes after the interval, they were level.

Healy's superb shot-on-the-turn from 18-yards eluded the diving Wolves keeper Michael Oakes.

And on 56 minutes, Iain Anderson doubled Preston's tally when he finished off a fine individual run with an excellent curling shot.

However, the home side were level on 65 minutes courtesy of a freak goal from Nathan Blake.

The ball rebounded off Blake's backside after Lucas attempted to kick a routine clearance upfield.

But PNE scored their third and decisive goal in the 73rd minute when Northern Ireland international Healy deflected a goalbound header past Oakes.

Wolves line-up: Oakes, Muscat, Butler, Pollet, Naylor (Camara, 80), Newton (Robinson, 45), Cameron, Rae, Kennedy, Blake, Sturridge. Subs not used: Roussel, Connelly, Murray.

PNE line-up: Lucas, Alexander, Lucketti, Gregan, Edwards, Cartwright, Rankine, McKenna, Anderson (Eaton, 77), Macken (Basham, 84), Healy. Subs not used: Moilanen, Skora, Keane.

Attendance: 24,024

Referee: Mr P Alcock (Halstead)

Ticket Details
This is an all ticket fixture - no tickets will be on sale on the day of the game at Molineux. Tickets are available in person from the ticket office, by calling 0344 856 1966 or online at MyPNE.Com.

North End have been given an initial allocation of 1,275 tickets in the Steve Bull lower tier. Just over 650 tickets have been sold so far for this game.

Prices for this game are as follows: Adults £30, seniors (65 and over)  and U21s £15, U17s £12, U12s £10.

There are six pairs of wheelchair and carer tickets which are priced at the relevant age bands with the carer ticket free of charge. Ambulant supporter tickets will be taken from the main allocation and are priced as above with a carer ticket free of charge.

Coach travel is also available for this game and is priced at £15 for all. Coaches will depart both Deepdale and Leyland at 8.45am.

Tickets will remain on sale from the ticket office at Deepdale until 3pm on Saturday, anyone who hasn't collected their tickets by this time will have to do so from Molineux on the day.

Kit Selection
The team will wear the away kit of navy blue shirts, white shorts and navy socks, with the goalkeeper in all green.

Match Coverage
If you can’t get to Molineux, Jonathan Breeze and former PNE skipper Ian Bryson will be live on PNE Player from 11.30am bringing you live and uninterrupted match commentary.

You can also follow the game on our official Twitter feed @pnefc, and online at Whilst from 12 noon on Monday highlights of the game will be available, both in extended version on PNE Player HD and a shortened 90 second version on our YouTube site

To watch what the manager has to say about the game, click below
To hear from Paul Huntington when he spoke to PNE PlayerHD to preview the clash click on the video below