Preston North End will be backed by more than 2,600 fans at Stoke City this weekend as Ryan Lowe's side search for a fourth league victory in succession.
Date: Saturday 2nd September, 3pm kick-off
Venue: bet365 Stadium
Competition: Sky Bet Championship
Kit: Third kit – available to buy in-store and online!
Tickets for this fixture are now sold out, with 2,608 PNE fans set to make the journey to the bet365 Stadium.
Supporters who have bought tickets can collect from Deepdale up until 6pm on Friday, while any uncollected will then be sent to Stoke on the supporter coaches for collection at the away end from turnstile 55. Please note, there will be no tickets available to buy on the day.
Supporters needing to pray at half-time can do so by speaking to Stoke City staff members wearing red 'Matchday Support' jackets outside of Door Y in the away compound. These fans will be escorted to a nearby prayer room before being brought back in time for the second half.
Ben Whiteman is now back in training and a decision will be made on Friday as to whether or not he will be involved in the squad for this fixture.
One man who definitely won't be part of the 20 at the bet365 Stadium is Robbie Brady, who has made good progress in his rehab but he won't be risked on Saturday.
Long-term absentees Calvin Ramsay, Ched Evans and Emil Riis remain sidelined.
There won’t be many clubs in world football who have had a busier summer than Stoke City, having seen the arrival of 15 new players as of Thursday morning, and more deals are expected before Friday’s transfer deadline.
One of those incomings was attacking midfielder Daniel Johnson, who left PNE in the summer after making 336 appearances for the club, while fellow former North End midfielder Ben Pearson is also on the Potters’ books.
Some of the new faces will inevitably take longer to settle than others but André Vidigal looks like the one to watch, having netted four in his first five matches for Stoke, who have won two and lost two in the Championship so far.
A Recent Clash
A stoppage-time header from Ched Evans earned North End all three points in the opening match of 2023.
Follow The Action
Supporters can listen to this match live on iFollow PNE, with a £2.50 match pass or a £4.49 monthly pass. Commentary comes from Anthony Wareing and Graeme Atkinson.
This fixture has been selected for international coverage and therefore will be unavailable to watch on iFollow PNE in those selected territories. Fans are advised to check their local TV listings to see whether the match is being shown in their area.
All the action can also be followed across our social media channels and here on the club website.
Referee: Matthew Donohue
Assistant Referees: Andrew Fox and Jonathan Hunt
Fourth Official: Peter Wright
Matthew Donohue will take charge of his eighth PNE match this weekend and his third clash between these two sides. His previous time refereeing a North End game was the 4-0 defeat to Middlesbrough on Gentry Day in March 2023.