Preston North End and Huddersfield Town will meet for a third time this season when the Terriers come to Deepdale on Boxing Day.
Date: Monday 26th December, 3pm kick-off
Competition: Sky Bet Championship (Matchday 24/46)
Kit: Home kit – available in-store and online!
Tickets for this fixture will be on sale right up until kick-off from the ticket office, while fans can also buy over the phone on 0344 856 1966 and online from www.mypne.com.
Supporters have until the close of play on Saturday 24th December to purchase a half season card, which includes this fixture as well as the remaining ten home league matches, with adult prices starting from £175.
The fan zone will be open as usual on the Alan Kelly Town End car park before and after the game, with full details to be confirmed in the matchday information article prior to Monday.
How To Follow The Game
This game will be available to watch for both domestic and overseas viewers, with match passes on sale for £10.
You can also buy audio match or monthly passes, for £2.50 and £4.49 respectively, by clicking here.
There will be the usual coverage before, during, and after the game across our social media channels.
In The Dressing Room
With several senior players having missed the past couple of games through injury, manager Ryan Lowe confirmed in his pre-match press conference that "four or five" would be back involved in training on Friday.
He hopes to have at least two or three available for the match, but their progress would need to be monitored over the next 48 hours.
One man who won't be ready, though, is Robbie Brady who is set to miss at least the next week with a calf issue.
A Look At Our Visitors
While PNE have already faced the Terriers twice this season, only one of those meetings was after Mark Fotheringham’s appointment, and even then it was during the early stages of his time as boss.
This time around, he’s three months into the job, however he probably hasn’t quite yet made the impact in terms of results that he’d have hoped for when he walked through the door for his first managerial role.
His side arrive at Deepdale bottom of the Championship table and with just one win in their last six league matches, and that’s a run of form they won’t want to encounter again during the second half of the campaign.
Going Head To Head
Games played: 98
PNE wins: 38
Huddersfield Town wins: 36
Last meeting: Huddersfield Town 0-1 PNE, 18th October 2022
One To Watch
Huddersfield Town have spread their 19 league goals – the lowest amount in the division – throughout nine players so far this season, with Danny Ward and Jordan Rhodes sitting as joint-top scorers with three.
Like Rhodes, Ward is a vastly experienced striker at this level, and more often than not leads the line for the Terriers, with former Blackburn Rovers striker Rhodes used mostly off the bench.
Having scored 14 in the league last season, Ward will be looking for more to add to this campaign’s tally, but he has interestingly not scored in any of his 11 games versus the Lilywhites.
Geoff Eltringham will referee his second Championship game of the season on Monday.
The experienced EFL ref has officiated in the second, third, fourth and fifth tiers of English football so far this campaign, and his most recent PNE fixture was last season’s 1-0 defeat away to Derby County.
At this point of the campaign, he’s shown 31 yellow cards and one red in his nine games as the main official.
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