Preston North End are on the road again this weekend as they travel to East Yorkshire to face an in-form Hull City side.
Venue: MKM Stadium
Date: Saturday 5th February, 3pm kick-off
Competition: EFL Sky Bet Championship (Matchday 30/46)
Kit: Home kit – available to order here!
Tickets for this fixture will remain on sale from www.mypne.com until 1pm on Friday, while sales will continue over the phone on 0344 856 1966 and in person from the Deepdale ticket office until 4pm.
Hull City will also be selling to our supporters on the day of the game from the Pitch Side Bar in the East Side of the ground, although please be aware sales will be cash-only.
Find full ticket details here.
With this fixture being selected for international coverage, the game will unavailable to watch live on iFollow in the majority of regions around the world. Supporters are advised to check their local listings to see if the match is being broadcast live on TV in their country.
Live commentary is available as normal, though, with a £2.50 match pass or £4.49 monthly pass, and commentary comes from Jonathan Breeze and Graeme Atkinson. Subscribe here!
We will also be providing our normal coverage across our social media channels and right here on PNE.Com.
PNE Team News
Daniel Johnson will join back up with the PNE squad on Friday after completing international duty with Jamaica and he will be available for selection on Saturday.
With the addition of DJ, manager Ryan Lowe confirmed he will have the same group of players available to him as he did for the midweek game against Millwall.
Long-term absentee Josh Murphy has returned to the grass this week and should step up his return to training in the coming weeks.
After picking up just two league victories in their opening 16 games of the Championship campaign, Hull City’s form has improved dramatically in the past few months.
There is certainly a buzz around the MKM Stadium given the club’s recent takeover, too, and there has also been a change in management, with Grant McCann being replaced by former Ajax and Rangers striker Shota Arveladze.
He’s not the only recent incoming, though, with four new faces added on deadline day, including Allahyar Sayyadmanesh on loan from Fenerbahce and striker Marcus Forss from Brentford.
A Championship table starting from 5th November has Hull City sat in a Play-Off position, having picked up 23 points from 12 matches in that period.
The Tigers have proven to be defensively solid in their recent run of form, keeping three consecutive clean sheets, against Blackburn Rovers, AFC Bournemouth and Swansea City respectively.
This fixture tends to produce goals, with just four of the 63 meetings producing a stalemate, the most recent of which came back in 1983.
Our Last Victory
The last time PNE came out on top against Hull was in February 2020, when two goals in the space of four second-half minutes turned the game on its head.
Mallik Wilks had put the visitors ahead shortly before half-time, but Paul Gallagher drew his side level from the penalty spot on 67 minutes.
Alan Browne then won the game for his side, brilliantly heading home from a fantastic ball into the box from centre forward Jayden Stockley.
Man In The Middle
Darren Bond will be the referee for this weekend’s fixture, for what will be his first PNE game of the season.
He last took charge of a North End game in the final match of the 2020/21 campaign, when the Lilywhites came out on top against Nottingham Forest, while he was also the fourth official for our 2-0 victory over West Brom last month.
Bond has refereed four games so far this season, showing 15 yellow cards. He will be assisted by Richard Wild and George Byrne, with Ollie Yates on fourth official duties.