Championship leaders Fulham and the Sky Sports cameras are visitors to Deepdale this Saturday for a 12.30pm kick-off.
Date: Saturday 27th November, 12.30pm
Competition: EFL Sky Bet Championship (Matchday 20/46)
Kit: Home kit – available to order here!
Tickets for this fixture will remain on sale right up until kick-off from the Deepdale ticket office, and supporters can also purchase online from MyPNE.Com or over the phone on 0344 856 1966.
You can enjoy the pre-match build-up to the game by visiting our fan zone, which will open at 10.30am until 12.15pm, with the usual offerings of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, food and live music. The fan zone will then reopen after the game.
Our shuttle bus service will run to Deepdale on a different schedule to usual due to the earlier kick-off time; find the updated timetable here.
Due to this game being selected for Sky Sports coverage, this game will not be available to watch in the UK and Ireland or overseas on iFollow PNE.
Live audio commentary will be available as usual, though, with match passes on sale for £2.50, while an audio monthly pass can be purchased for £4.49. Subscribe here.
We will also have our usual coverage across our social media channels and here on PNE.Com, where you can follow live updates on our match centre.
Shot-stopper Daniel Iversen is our cover star and featured interview for this weekend’s edition of The One And Only, as the Dane discusses good memories against the Cottagers, his form on the pitch and much more.
Also inside this issue, Sean Maguire answers fan questions, while Brad Potts, Greg Cunningham and Jordan Storey all take part in player features.
You can get your hands on a copy from around the ground on Saturday for £3.50, or order a copy to arrive on your doorstep by clicking here.
PNE Team News
In his pre-match press conference, Frankie McAvoy said that North End had suffered a few knocks in the midweek victory over Middlesbrough and they would be assessed in training on Thursday.
Ched Evans made his return from injury in that game, finding himself on the scoresheet, and he could be looking to force his way into the starting XI for this fixture.
Longer-term absentees Izzy Brown, Connor Wickham and Josh Murphy will miss out.
After relegation from the Premier League last season, Scott Parker left his role as head coach and in to replace him came Marco Silva, formerly of Hull City, Watford and Everton.
He’s done a fine job with the Cottagers so far, picking them up from last season’s disappointment to take them to the top of the Championship.
They could have a depleted squad arriving at Deepdale on Saturday, though, with illness in the Fulham camp meaning many could miss out, including top scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic, Harry Wilson and club captain Tom Cairney.
Fulham have been free-scoring so far this campaign, bagging 48 goals in just 19 matches – that’s 14 more than the division’s next top scorers, AFC Bournemouth.
Responsible for 21 of their goals is Serbian forward Aleksandar Mitrovic, and he’s always enjoyed playing against PNE, having netted seven times in his six matches against North End. He missed Wednesday’s draw with Derby through illness though, so may not be available for this game.
The Cottagers have had fun on their travels so far this term, sitting second in the away table, and they’ve scored four or more goals on three occasions away from home so far, while conceding an average of one goal per game.
Our Last Meeting
Fulham came out 2-0 winners the last time North End faced the Cottagers, back in February 2020.
PNE forward David Nugent broke the deadlock by inadvertently heading into the back of his own net, while a late Aboubakar Kamara goal sealed the three points for Scott Parker’s side, who would go on to earn promotion.
Man In The Middle
There will be a Premier League referee in charge of Saturday’s fixture, with Chris Kavanagh taking the whistle.
Kavanagh, who has been a Select Group 1 referee since the 2017/18 campaign, will officiate his first PNE game since September 2017 when the Lilywhites drew 2-2 with Simon Grayson’s Sunderland.
The official has overseen nine matches so far this season – the majority of them being in the top flight – while two have come in European competition.