Preston North End will look to extend their impressive record against Coventry City on Wednesday evening, going in search of a 16th game without defeat in the league against the Sky Blues.
Date: Wednesday 20th October, 7.45pm kick-off
Competition: EFL Sky Bet Championship (Matchday 13/46)
Kit: Home kit – available to order here!
Tickets will remain on sale for this fixture right up until kick-off from the ticket office, while you can also purchase online from mypne.com.
The fan zone will again be open for home supporters from 5.30pm until 7.30pm, with live music coming from solo artist Jake Heaton, and it will reopen after the game at 9.45pm until 10.30pm.
For those who can’t attend the match, it will be available to watch live online on iFollow PNE from the UK and Ireland with a £10 match pass, as well as overseas. You can subscribe here.
PNE Team News
After missing the weekend’s draw against Derby County through injury, Frankie McAvoy is hoping he will be able to call on Sean Maguire for this fixture.
Those who will miss out though include Ali McCann, Ched Evans and Matthew Olosunde, the latter of which is now back in full training.
Club captain Alan Browne will be in line to feature for North End in what would be his 300th appearance for the club, only the 27th man to reach that landmark.
After finishing 16th in the Championship last season – their first back in the second tier for eight years – Coventry appear to have stepped things up this campaign, currently sat fourth in the table.
The Sky Blues, managed by Mark Robins, have been many people’s surprise package so far this term, and they arrive at Deepdale after thrashing promotion hopefuls Fulham 4-1 before taking a point away from Ewood Park.
PNE will be looking to extend their quite remarkable record against Wednesday night’s visitors, having gone unbeaten in the last 15 meetings with the Sky Blues.
It won’t be as easy as that, though, given Coventry’s impressive form. They’re looking at a major improvement compared to last season, currently sitting 14 points better off than at the same stage in 2020/21.
Swedish striker Viktor Gyokeres has had a major part to play in that, having been directly involved in 11 of their 18 goals so far this term, but he could be in doubt for this one due to an ankle injury picked up at the weekend.
Our Last Meeting
PNE mathematically secured their Championship status towards the end of April 2021 with a 1-0 victory over Coventry.
The only goal of the game came from the penalty spot, as Alan Browne beat Ben Wilson in the home goal after Ched Evans was brought down in the area.
Man In The Middle
Darren England will take charge of Wednesday night’s game, which will be his first Championship match of the season.
So far this term, he’s overseen two Premier League games, as well as Liverpool’s EFL Cup victory over Norwich City.
England’s last time at Deepdale came in February 2021, as PNE played out a goalless draw against Queens Park Rangers in front of the Sky Sports cameras.