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Match Previews

Match Preview: Birmingham City (H)

19 September 2023

Sky Bet Championship table toppers Preston North End play the second part of a Deepdale double-header on Tuesday night as Birmingham City make the journey to Lancashire.

Match Details

Date: Tuesday 19th September, 7.45pm kick-off
Venue: Deepdale
Competition: Sky Bet Championship
Kit: Home kit – available to buy in-store and online!

Supporter Information

Tickets for this fixture will remain on sale up until kick-off in person from the ticket office at Deepdale, while you can also buy over the phone on 0344 856 1966 and online from

Before and after the match, PNE fans can visit The Gentry Bar for drinks and entertainment. Full timings and offerings will be confirmed in the Matchday Information article.

The matchday shuttle bus service will be available for fans to use, with return tickets costing £6 and timings as follows:

Leyland Tesco (Stop A – Car Park) – 6pm
The Railway, Leyland – 6.10pm
Ye Olde Hob Inn, Bamber Bridge – 6.15pm
Beam and Brycg Pub, Bamber Bridge – 6.20pm
Arrive at Deepdale, Lowthorpe Road – 6.40pm

Who’s Available?


After ending his PNE debut – which featured a stunning solo goal – with cramp, Liam Millar will be hoping to be fit and available for this fixture, as will Andrew Hughes who was substituted in the second half.

Ben Whiteman and Robbie Brady, who have both been missing through injury in recent weeks, were given their first minutes of the season in the victory over Plymouth Argyle, and will again be in contention.

Will Keane remains a doubt, while Ched Evans, Emil Riis and Calvin Ramsay will all be unavailable.

Opposition Focus


After making a fantastic start to the Sky Bet Championship campaign, with ten points from their opening four fixtures, Birmingham City go into Tuesday without a victory in three games.

Blues – led by head coach John Eustace – finished 17th last season, but with new owners and a high-profile investor in Tom Brady, there is much more of a buzz around St Andrew’s this term.

New addition Jay Stansfield has settled straight into life with his new side, while fellow summer signings Keshi Anderson and Oliver Burke also offer a threat at the top end of the pitch.

A Recent Clash

North End won the previous meeting between these two sides, as goals from Alan Browne and Ryan Ledson led them to victory at St Andrew’s in January 2023.

Follow The Action

Supporters worldwide can watch this match live on iFollow with a £10 match pass, which you can purchase here. The game is also being shown live on Sky Sports Arena.

Live commentary is also available on iFollow, with Guy Clarke and PNE legend Tom Clarke behind the mic. Click here to buy a match or monthly pass.

You can also follow all the action across our social media channels and here on the club website.

Match Officials


Referee: Dean Whitestone
Assistant Referees: Daniel Leach and Jonathan Hunt
Fourth Official: Robert Madley

On Tuesday night, Dean Whitestone will referee his first PNE match since the 3-2 victory away from home against Norwich City last October.

So far this season, Whitestone has shown 21 yellow cards and one red in six matches.

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Match Reports

Match Report: PNE 2 Birmingham City 1

19 September 2023

Preston North End made it six Sky Bet Championship victories in a row as Milutin Osmajić’s first goal for the club contributed to a 2-1 win against Birmingham City.

After a cagey opening 45 minutes, Jay Stansfield opened the scoring for the visitors just 30 seconds after play restarted, but North End soon drew level through a Krystian Bielik own goal.

PNE’s record signing Osmajić then slammed home midway through the half to open his account for his new side and that was enough to keep Ryan Lowe’s men top of the table.

The manager made one change from the weekend’s victory over Plymouth Argyle, with Jack Whatmough coming into defence in place of Andrew Hughes.

After a quiet opening 15 minutes, the visitors had a good spell in the game where PNE were forced to deal with plenty of crosses into the box, and Whatmough was also needed to block Bielik’s shot in the six-yard box.

The Deepdale crowd roared their side into action and, on 24 minutes, Liam Millar picked the ball up and ran at the Birmingham defence, before his cross was headed on to the edge of the box where Ali McCann saw a low effort blocked.

A minute later came the best chance to score so far as skipper Alan Browne moved the ball on to Duane Holmes who slid a pass into the area for Brad Potts – fresh from signing a new contract – but his first-time strike went wide of goal.

Just before the half-hour mark, former Blackpool man Keshi Anderson wildly blazed over the bar from a promising position, while Freddie Woodman was shortly called into action by a 25-yard strike from Koji Miyoshi.

Two minutes prior to the break, blocks denied an acrobatic strike from Ryan Ledson and a 20-yard effort from Browne, and the visitors then quickly broke and North End were no doubt relieved to see the offside flag go up as Oliver Burke was slotted through.

There was nothing, though, to deny Stansfield just 30 seconds after the break, as Miyoshi played the striker through and, after a slip from Liam Lindsay, the forward finished well past Woodman.


However, PNE wouldn’t be behind for long. In the 51st minute, Browne whipped a brilliant corner in which Kevin Long and Bielik both looked to head clear, and the latter inadvertently sent it into the back of his own net.

At the other end, Woodman got down quickly to his right and showed a strong right hand to parry Ivan Šunjić’s low drive away from goal.

Deepdale then erupted with noise in the 67th minute when Osmajić scored his first for the club to put the Lilywhites in front. Browne did superbly well in midfield to slot it through the legs of Šunjić before setting up the Montenegrin forward to slam the ball through the legs of John Ruddy, and he celebrated with his teammates in front of the raucous Town End.

North End would have had three if it weren’t for Ruddy’s tip over the bar to deny a dipping long-range effort from Holmes, and PNE then had to navigate nine minutes of added-time – with a limping Millar up front – but the Lilywhites managed to hold on to secure an astonishing sixth successive victory.

PNE line-up: Woodman; Storey, Whatmough (Hughes, 51), Lindsay; Potts, Ledson (Whiteman, 68), McCann (Brady, 51), Millar; Holmes, Browne; Osmajić (Frøkjær, 77). Subs not used: Cornell, Cunningham, Stewart, Woodburn, Best.

Birmingham City line-up: Ruddy; Drameh, Sanderson, Long, Longelo; Šunjić (Bacuna, 71), Bielik (Gardner, 88); Burke (James, 88), Miyoshi, Anderson (Hogan, 82); Stansfield. Subs not used: Etheridge, Roberts, Khela, Dixon, Aiwu.

Attendance: 15,838 (1,909 Birmingham City fans).

Referee: Mr D Whitestone.

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