Preston North End will travel to Gigg Lane for the second time this season on Tuesday night, kick-off 7.45pm
Graham Westley’s Lilywhites have been handed the test of overcoming Kevin Blackwell’s Bury in the JPT northern-section quarter final as both teams vie to get into the last four.
It will be the second cup fixture in four days for PNE following the 2-0 win over Gillingham on Saturday in the second round of the FA Cup.
First half goals from attacking duo Jeffrey Monakana and Stuart Beavon sealed North End’s passage into round three and they will be hoping to build on the win in Greater Manchester.
It is nearly three months ago since North End last visited the home of the Shakers in League One, winning by two goals to one with a strong contingency making the trip from Lancashire to cheer the boys in blue on.
Manager Westley has no new injury concerns following Saturday’s win over Gillingham with only long term absentees Keith Keane and Scott Laird missing out.
On loan striker Anthony Elding returns after being cup-tied at the weekend and will be pushing to make his first start for the Club.
North End have been allocated 2,700 seats in the East Stand (behind the goal) and the Main Stand with prices as follows:
Adults (including seniors) £10
Disabled will pay age related price, carer free of charge
Coaches will depart Deepdale/Leyland at 5.15pm with prices as follows
Since North End’s victory against Bury in early September, a lot has changed at Gigg Lane with former Leeds United boss Blackwell now at the helm.
Their form soon improved and the Shakers are now just inside the relegation zone after moving off the bottom of the table and are unbeaten at home since October.
Drawing their last two games against Southend United and inform Bournemouth, Blackwell has not wasted time in drafting in his own players, with a number of loanees joining plus former Stoke midfielder Tom Soares.
With former PNE man David Healy also amongst their ranks, North End will be facing a different proposition this time around.
The Bury team which drew with Southend:
The referee for Tuesday night’s game between the Lilywhites and Bury is Mr Gary Sutton. Sutton has been an official since the 2002/03 season and last took charge of a PNE game in October 2011, when the Club lost 3-1 at home to AFC Bournemouth.