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Stoke City v Preston North End Match Preview

12 February 2020

It’s an 8pm kick-off this Wednesday night as Alex Neil’s Preston North End head to the Potteries to take on Michael O’Neill’s Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium.

Ticket News

Ticket Information: Stoke City Away

10 February 2020
The hosts are six games unbeaten at home, whilst the Lilywhites’ away form has been positive of late, going five unbeaten and winning the last two – so it should be an entertaining affair.
 
Both sides picked up excellent wins at the weekend, the Potters moving four points clear of the bottom four with a convincing win at home to Charlton Athletic, whilst North End went back into the Play-Off positions with the 2-1 win over local rivals Wigan Athletic.
 
The appointment of the Northern Ireland boss as manager at City has seen an upturn in form and it will be a big test for North End, against an experienced and organised opposition with plenty of quality.
 
Last year’s trip proved a successful one, with Alan Browne and Brad Potts scoring the goals and Declan Rudd saving a late penalty, as PNE ran out winners and a performance of that quality will be needed again in order to get anything out of the midweek game.
 
For Your Information
Match Details: Stoke City v Preston North End, bet365 Stadium, Wednesday 12th February 2020, kick-off 8pm
Competition: EFL Championship (32/46)
PNE colours: Green shirts, yellow shorts and socks, black goalkeeper
Click here to buy a ticket
 
Here’s all the coverage accessible on PNE.Com in preview of the game…
 
Ticket Information: Preston North End supporters are reminded that tickets are not on sale on the night for Wednesday’s trip to face Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium. Click here for more information.
 
Match Officials: This Wednesday we have a referee taking charge of his third Preston North End game of the season, but his first away from Deepdale. Click here for details of who it is.
 
We’ve Met Before: Preston North End face Stoke City for the 98th time in league action when they travel to the bet365 Stadium on Wednesday night. Click here for more details of past battles.
 
How To Follow The Game: If you can’t make the trip to the bet365 Stadium for this Wednesday’s clash with Michael O’Neill’s Stoke City, don’t worry, we will have full coverage on PNE.Com and iFollow PNE. Click here for details of how you can follow the match.
 
Team News: Preston North End manager Alex Neil has plenty of options heading into Tuesday night’s trip to face Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium. Click here for details of the options.
 
Alex Neil Expecting Tough Match: Preston North End manager Alex Neil has been to a couple of Stoke City games of late and has been impressed with the work Potters’ manager Michael O’Neill has done. Click here for the manager’s full interview.
 
Declan Rudd Staying Focused: Preston North End No.1 Declan Rudd is enjoying the team’s current run of form, but is very level-headed with 15 big games still to be played. Click here for more from Dec.

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Stoke City 0 Preston North End 2

12 February 2020

Goals from Alan Browne and Tom Barkhuizen gave Preston North End their third consecutive away win with a 2-0 success against Michael O’Neill’s Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium.

Goals from Alan Browne and Tom Barkhuizen gave Preston North End their third consecutive away win with a 2-0 success against Michael O’Neill’s Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium.
 
Browne gave the greens the lead from just outside the six yard box just before the hour mark and from almost the same spot Barkhuizen doubled the advantage with his 11th of the season with 15 minutes left.
 
Both managers had stuck with their winning sides from the previous games, with just one change on the bench for the Lilywhites, Mathew Hudson replacing the ill Connor Ripley.
 
And the visitors started the half very brightly, confidently zipping the ball around and trying to probe for space in and around the Potters penalty area, without testing Jack Butland in the goal.
 
But it was his opposite number at the other end who was needed in the latter part of the half, with two fine saves from Declan Rudd.
 
The first came on 27 minutes, denying Tyrese Campbell’s curling effort from 20 yards to the right of the penalty area, before recovering quickly to comfortably catch home skipper Joe Allen’s follow up header.
 
And seven minutes later the PNE No.1 was again in top form to keep out James Chester’s header from Tommy Smith’s free kick, diving to palm the ball out from the top right corner of his goal.
 
But it was North End who took the lead just before the hour mark.
Alan Browne had been struggling after turning an ankle, but the Irishman was the goalscorer. Daniel Johnson won a corner on the right, in front of the 1,000-plus away fans, and Ben Davies headed the No.11’s ball down for Browne to smash under Chester and Butland into the middle of the goal.
Just after the goal James McClean, who should have been sent off at Deepdale earlier in the season after a shocking incident with Darnell Fisher, somehow avoided a red card for what could only be described as an assault on Ben Pearson – referee John Brooks somehow only awarding a yellow and Pearo also booked for reacting and the Stoke winger was unsurprisingly substituted very soon after!
 
With less than 20 minutes left Butland made a fine save to prevent it being 2-0 as Barkhuizen broke onto Fisher’s ball inside the left back and checked inside before unleashing a left foot drive on target, but straight at the England goalkeeper who blocked and then grabbed the rebound.
 
But it was two when on 75 minutes Barkhuizen did it again! Paul Gallagher had just come on and delivered a corner that was headed out as far as Pearson, who played it back to Gallagher to deliver again into the box for Davies to provide his second assist of the night, heading down for the No.29 to smash home from the same spot Browne was earlier and the Lilywhites managed the remainder of the game comfortably to make it another important win.
 
Stoke City line-up: Butland, Allen (c), Batth, Ince, McClean (Vokes, 66), Chester, Smith, Martins Indi (Verlinden, 80 (Gregory, 87)), Clucas, Powell, Campbell. Subs not used: Davies, Cousins, Thompson, Collins.
 
PNE line-up: Rudd, Fisher, Hughes, Pearson, Bauer, Davies, Barkhuizen, Johnson, Maguire (Nugent, 57), Browne, Sinclair (Gallagher, 74). Subs not used: Hudson, Clarke, Harrop, Rafferty, Stockley.
 
Attendance: 20,418 (1,002 PNE fans)
 
Referee: Mr J Brooks

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Ticket News

Ticket Information: Stoke City Away

10 February 2020

Preston North End supporters are reminded that tickets are not on sale on the night for Wednesday’s trip to face Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium.

First Team News

Match Officials: Stoke City Away

10 February 2020
They are, however, still on sale at Deepdale, both over the phone and in person as well as online at MyPNE.Com and will remain on sale until 1pm online on the day of the game and until 4pm in person and over the phone on Wednesday afternoon, with collections will be available from turnstile 55 from 6.30pm onwards.
 
Well over half of the our allocation of 1,316 tickets have already been sold, with prices as follows: Adults £25, over 65s £19, U18s £15 and U11s £12. Please note that all children aged 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
 
Disabled tickets are priced at £19 for adults, with all other age categories priced as per the age bands above.
There are seven pairs of mid-tier bays for wheelchair users which are under cover, there are also 12 pairs of wheelchair bays at pitch level, though the mid-tier bays will be sold first. Prices are as above with the carer ticket provided free of charge.
First Team News

We’ve Met Before: Stoke City Away

10 February 2020
Ambulant disabled and carer tickets are taken from the main allocation and are priced as above with the career ticket free of charge if required. Rows 12 to 17 are recommended for supporters with walking difficulties.
 
We have also been given eight disabled parking passes which can be booked through the PNE ticket office, these are priced at £10 per space.
 
Coach travel is also available and will depart both Deepdale and Leyland at 5pm, with tickets priced at £12 per person. Supporters aged 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult to travel on the official coaches.

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