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Match Previews

Match Preview: Sunderland (H)

10 August 2023

Preston North End will host Sunderland at Deepdale this weekend for the opening home match of the Sky Bet Championship season.

Match Details

Date: Saturday 12th August, 3pm
Sky Bet Championship
Home kit – available to buy in-store and online!

Supporter Information

Almost 19,000 tickets have been sold for this fixture and, subject to availability, tickets will remain on sale up until kick-off.

Those who have a previous purchase history can buy online from, over the phone on 0344 856 1966, and in person from the ticket office at Deepdale.

The Gentry Bar will be open to PNE supporters from 11am, with full details and timings to be confirmed in our Matchday Information article which will be published ahead of matchday.

Who’s Available?


Greg Cunningham – who has missed the opening two fixtures of the season – is expected to be available this weekend, having trained all week.

Manager Ryan Lowe confirmed loanee Calvin Ramsay has suffered an injury setback, but dismissed claims that he has returned to parent club Liverpool.

Long-term absentee Ched Evans has had positive news but is still a way off returning, while Ben Whiteman, Emil Riis and Robbie Brady are still sidelined.

Pre-Match Chat


We caught up with manager Ryan Lowe and defender Liam Lindsay ahead of this weekend’s encounter.

Opposition Focus


In their first campaign back in the Championship last season following four terms in the third tier, Sunderland proved to be a surprise package and made it into the Play-Off places on the final day.

Losing to eventual winners Luton Town in the semi-final, Tony Mowbray’s side will be looking to go one better this season, and they’ve looked to strengthen their squad over the summer by bringing in the likes of Jobe Bellingham, Luis Semedo and Bradley Dack.

The Black Cats opened the campaign with a defeat at home to Ipswich Town and they were also being knocked out of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday by League Two side Crewe Alexandra.

A Recent Clash

PNE and Sunderland shared the spoils in an entertaining 2-2 draw at Deepdale in 2017, with Josh Harrop and Jordan Hugill on the scoresheet for North End.

Follow The Action

Supporters in the UK and Ireland can listen to the match live on iFollow PNE, with a £2.50 match pass or £4.49 monthly pass. Commentary comes from Jonathan Breeze and Andy Fensome.

Fans overseas are able to watch the match live, with £10 match passes available to buy.

You can also follow the action across our social media channels and here on PNE.Com.

Match Officials


Referee: James Linington
Assistant Referees: Greg Read and Andrew Dallison
Fourth Official: Thomas Parsons

James Linington will referee his first match at Deepdale since February 2021 when North End won 3-0 against Huddersfield Town. He last officiated a PNE fixture in March 2022, away to Cardiff City. 


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Match Reports

Match Report: PNE 2 Sunderland 1

12 August 2023

Goals from summer signings Will Keane and Mads Frøkjær earned Preston North End a first victory of the Sky Bet Championship campaign against Sunderland.

Keane gave PNE a 25th-minute lead when he inadvertently deflected Frøkjær’s effort past the goalkeeper, before the visitors drew level through Jack Clarke six minutes later from the penalty spot.

North End then restored their advantage just short of the hour mark courtesy of Frøkjær’s first for the club and that was enough to secure all three points.

Ryan Lowe – who was back on the touchline following his ban – opted to go for the same starting XI which began the season with a 1-1 draw at Ashton Gate.

North End got off to a decent start at Deepdale as skipper Alan Browne whipped a vicious ball towards the near post looking for Keane, but defender Luke O’Nien just managed to get there first to head behind.

At the other end, it was Jordan Storey’s turn to come up with an important interception as Clarke looked to find a body in the middle after skipping past Brad Potts.

Ryan Ledson made two impressive blocks within a couple of seconds of each other to deny Dan Neil and Jobe Bellingham respectively, before Pierre Ekwah saw his 20-yard effort tipped over by Freddie Woodman.

PNE hadn’t hugely troubled the Sunderland goal but it was the hosts who went ahead in the 25th minute when Frøkjær’s strike from the edge of the area took a handy nick off of Keane, which wrongfooted Anthony Patterson and the ball snuck in.

That lead didn’t last too long, though, as Clarke levelled from the penalty spot in the 31st minute, after the pacey winger was brought down in the area by teenager Kian Best.

Early in the second half, Ekwah tried his luck from the best part of 30 yards, sending his low strike wide of goal, and from that point it was North End who built up some momentum, as Browne, Ali McCann and Potts all saw shots blocked, before Best sent an improvised effort just over the bar.

Frøkjær then deservedly put his new side ahead in the 59th minute when Browne’s through ball made its way to the Dane courtesy of a touch from Keane, and PNE’s No.10 made no mistake finishing past Patterson.

The Lilywhites had two close calls 15 minutes from time as Woodman produced a remarkable save to deny the lively Patrick Roberts from close range, before O’Nien then headed a corner a matter of centimetres wide.

Sunderland kept trying to get at the North End defence, especially through their pace out wide, but Ryan Lowe’s side stayed strong to hold on to their lead and make it four points from the opening two games of the league season.

PNE line-up: Woodman; Storey, Lindsay, Hughes; Potts, McCann (Holmes, 76), Ledson, Best (Whatmough, 79); Browne, Frøkjær (Woodburn, 86); Keane. Subs not used: Cornell, Cunningham, Bauer, Rodriguez-Gentile, Taylor, Leigh.

Sunderland line-up: Patterson; Himes, Ballard, O’Nien, Cirkin; Neil, Ekwah (Ba, 75); Roberts, Bellingham (Pritchard, 66), Clarke; Dack (Hemir, 66). Subs not used: Bishop, Huggins, Batth, Bennette, Triantis, Rigg.

Attendance: 19,892 (5,655 Sunderland fans).

Referee: Mr J Linington.

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Ticket News

Back The Boys In First Home Match Of Championship Season

10 August 2023

Almost 19,000 supporters have got their ticket for North End’s first home league match of the Championship season this weekend, and you can buy yours now!

PNE are hosting Sunderland for a 3pm kick-off on Saturday 12th August and Deepdale is all set to be packed out.

Tickets will be available to buy for those with a purchase history right up until kick-off on Saturday from the Deepdale ticket office, over the phone on 0344 856 1966 and also online from

Saturday is also the final opportunity for supporters to purchase a 2023/24 season card! Please note, the option to buy on finance is no longer available.

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