Preston North End v Colchester United
Saturday 18th August 2012, 3pm kick-off
npower League One
After making a winning start to the new season, Preston North End will kick-off their 2012/13 League One campaign against Colchester United this weekend at Deepdale.
PNE boss Graham Westley will be hoping for more of the same from his squad after Monday night’s comprehensive 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town in the Capital One Cup.
The PNE faithful enjoyed an encouraging performance against the Terriers, with Jack King and Nicky Wroe both scoring their first goals for the Club.
It has been a unique start to the season with the cup clash coming before the league match, but North End will be hoping that is a good omen with the winning mentality now already installed.
Saturday’s fixture will be a repeat of the opening league game for North End last season, however the travelling U’s are aware it will be a completely different proposition this time around with a completely different 11 lining up for the hosts.
Tricky winger Lee Holmes is expected to recover in time for Saturday’s league opener after a slight knock forced him off at half time against Huddersfield Town.
Midfielder Joel Byrom is also expected to return from injury, but striker Lee Trundle will definitely miss out.
Visitors Colchester, who lost their opening game in the Capital One Cup at Yeovil will likely feature former Republic of Ireland striker Clinton Morrison in their squad.
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Colchester United boss John Ward will be asking his players for the same again this weekend when they travel up north to Lancashire.
Just over 12 months ago, United ran out 4-2 winners at Deepdale in the opening game of the 2011/12 season.
But a lot has changed at North End since that game, and the U’s will be looking for an immediate response following their early exit from the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night.
Finishing tenth last season, Ward has drafted in striking duo Clinton Morrison and Freddie Sears whilst also persuading Magnus Okuonghae to sign a three-year deal.
The Essex side will be looking to push on yet again this season and will be looking to break into the top six.
Colchester United squad
1 Mark Cousins
2 Tom Aldred
3 Michael Rose
4 Magnus Okounghae
6 Matt Heat
7 Karl Duguid
8 John-Joe O’Toole
9 Clinton Morrison
10 Kem Izzet
11 Freddie Sears
14 Andy Bond
15 Marcus Bean
16 Ian Henderson
17 Merrick James-Lewis
18 Tom Eastman
19 Freddie Ladapo
20 Brian Wilson
22 Anthony Wordsworth
23 Jackson Ramm
24 Ben Coker
25 John White
26 Ryan Melaugh
27 Tosin Olufemi
28 Alex Gilbey
29 Shaun Phillips (GK)
30 Drey Wright
31 Bradley Hamilton
32 Jordan Sanderson
34 Tom Bender
35 Carl Pentney (GK)
PNE Player will be bringing supporters live commentary action for the opening league game of the season against Colchester United courtesy of Jonathan Breeze and Anthony Wareing.
If you want to tune in and are not yet a subscriber, you can do so by paying just £4.99 per month as we will bring you action from every game home and away this season.
But that is far from all, with PNE Player also bringing subscribers exclusive interviews plus extended highlights from every first team match.