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Match Previews

Match Preview: Swansea City (A)

20 January 2022

Preston North End head to South Wales this weekend to take on Swansea City in the first of four away games in a fortnight.

Match Information
Venue: Swansea.com Stadium
Date: Saturday 22nd January, 3pm kick-off
Competition: EFL Sky Bet Championship (Matchday 26/46)
Kit: Away kit – available to order here!

Supporter Information

Tickets for this fixture will remain on sale to North End supporters until 4pm on Friday from the Deepdale ticket office, while tickets will go off sale from www.mypne.com at 1pm.

Any tickets not collected by the end of play on Friday can be picked up in Swansea from 2pm on matchday from the ticket office on the South Stand. Click here for full ticket details.

Supporters heading to the Swansea.com Stadium will be required to show their Covid-19 certification, whether this be with a digital NHS Covid pass, a paper NHS Covid pass or a negative Lateral Flow Test within the 48 hours before kick-off. Find full details here.

Match Coverage

This game was initially moved to a 12.30pm kick-off to facilitate the match being streamed on iFollow PNE as it appeared supporters would be unable to attend. However, given that fans can now go to the game, the fixture reverted to a 3pm kick-off which means supporters in the UK and Ireland will be unable to watch live.

Live commentary with a £2.50 match pass or a £4.49 monthly pass will be available though, while overseas supporters can watch live for just £10. Subscribe here!

We will also be providing our usual coverage of the game across our various social media channels, as well as here on PNE.Com.

PNE Team News

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Andrew Hughes will miss out through suspension following his red card against Sheffield United.

After missing the last two games with an ankle injury, Josh Earl has returned to training but remains a doubt to feature this weekend.

Liverpool loanee Sepp van den Berg is in line to make his 50th appearance for the club, while Brad Potts is one game away from 350 in league action.

The Opposition

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When former MK Dons manager Russell Martin was appointed head coach at Swansea City in August 2021, he expected a “season of transition”.

That has proved to be true, as his side seem to still be adapting to his possession-based style of play, which involves an element of risk, with the Swans currently sitting 17th in the Championship table.

They will be without one of their main men for this fixture, too, with forward Jamie Paterson currently training away from the first team amid doubts over his future at the club.

Key Stats

An appearance for Alan Browne in this fixture would take the skipper to 313 in all competitions for PNE, which would see him draw level with Paul Gallagher, putting him joint 23rd in the club's all-time appearance makers.

Joel Piroe, who scored at Deepdale last August, is Swansea’s top scorer so far this season, bagging 13 so far.

Swansea City are statistically the division’s best team in possession of the ball, averaging 66.5% in Championship games this term, while they also top the pass success rate chart with 86.1%.

Our Last Meeting

North End put on a fine display in the reverse fixture between these two back in August, coming out 3-1 winners at Deepdale.

Swansea took the lead through Piroe, but goals from Sepp van den Berg, Emil Riis and Ben Whiteman earned their side the three points in what ended up being a comfortable victory.

Man In The Middle

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Taking the whistle this weekend will be Joshua Smith, who has already taken charge of two PNE games so far this season.

Smith refereed the away defeat against Reading in August as well as the goalless draw at Deepdale against Derby County.

So far this term, he has been the main official for 26 matches, showing 98 yellow cards and three reds.

Pre-Match Interviews

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Table Surge
 Greg Sees Progression
Under Ryan Lowe

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Match Reports

Match Report: Swansea City 1 PNE 0

22 January 2022

Preston North End were beaten 1-0 away to Swansea City, with Ryan Manning’s long-distance strike the difference between the sides.

It was an even first half with the teams going into the break goalless, before the home side’s left-sided centre half broke the deadlock on 51 minutes, that proving the only goal of the game.

Ryan Lowe made three changes from the midweek draw against Sheffield United, with Tom Barkhuizen, Greg Cunningham and Joe Rafferty coming in to the starting XI.

The hosts created the first chance of note, with Daniel Iversen’s clearance being intercepted by Olivier Ntcham, who burst into the area, but he could only find the side netting with his effort.

At the other end, Ched Evans called Ben Hamer into action, as the goalkeeper tipped his close-range effort over the crossbar after he’d been found in the box by Barkhuizen.

Hamer would have breathed a sigh of relief on 21 minutes, as his pass out from the back was intercepted by Daniel Johnson and the Jamaican had a lot of the goal to aim at from 25 yards, but he chose to hit it first time and saw his effort go wide.

There weren’t too many chances of note in the remainder of the half, although North End were forced in to a change 36 minutes in, with the injured Barkhuizen needing to be replaced by Matthew Olosunde.

North End created the first chance of the second period, with Whiteman sending a low effort just wide from 20 yards, before van den Berg found Johnson over the top with a great pass and he looked to square it for a free Evans, but a Swansea defender came up with a big block to stop it reaching the forward.

The home side took the lead just moments later through Manning, who intercepted a pass from Whiteman before sending a rocket into the back of the back of Iversen’s net from 30 yards.

Swansea had their tails up after that point and almost doubled their lead within a couple of minutes, but Iversen produced a great save to stop Cyrus Christie’s finding the top corner.

Christie came close again on 63 minutes as his effort whistled just wide, and Iversen was then called into action again by goalscorer Manning, tipping his latest shot wide of goal.

North End changed shape and personnel after that point as they pushed for an equaliser, and they had a late chance to equalise in stoppage time through Ryan Ledson, and his fierce strike looked to be goalbound but Cunningham inadvertently deflected it wide.

Swansea City line-up: Hamer; Cabango, Naughton, Manning; Christie (Fulton, 84), Downes, Grimes, Latibeaudiere; Smith, Piroe (Joseph, 74), Ntcham (Wolf, 45). Subs not used: Fisher, Bennett, Obafemi, Walsh.

PNE line-up: Iversen; van den Berg, Bauer, Cunningham; Barkhuizen (Olosunde, 37), Whiteman (Ledson, 84), Browne, Johnson, Rafferty (Sinclair, 63); Evans, Riis. Subs not used: Ripley, Lindsay, McCann, Maguire.

Attendance: 16,842 (339 PNE fans)

Referee: Mr J Smith.

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Ticket News

Swansea City Collection Details

20 January 2022

Tickets for our away game against Swansea City on Saturday 22nd January (3pm kick-off) are no longer on sale from Deepdale.

Any purchased tickets which have not been collected can be picked up in Swansea from the ticket office on the South Stand which will be open from 2pm.

PNE were given an allocation of 1,034 for this game, with prices as follows:

Adults £27.50
Seniors £15
Students £15
U18s £12.50
U12s £10

Please note that full-time students must take their student ID with them as this will be checked at the turnstile.

Supporters aged 18 and over who are attending the game should be aware that Covid-19 certification will be required on entry to the stadium, whether that be with a digital or paper NHS Covid pass, or a negative Lateral Flow Test result within the 48 hours before kick-off. Find full details on that here.

Coach travel for this fixture from both Deepdale and Leyland has now sold out.

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