PNE face Middlesbrough at Deepdale on Tuesday with the weather not causing any problems to the Deepdale playing surface.
Preston North End will take a break from their hectic league schedule as they prepare to face Middlesbrough in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night
It will be the third consecutive round that a Championship club has travelled to Deepdale, with a place in Wednesday night’s draw up for grabs.
Manager Graham Westley will be looking for a response from his side under the floodlights after their 3-1 loss at Walsall on Saturday.
The visitors from the Teesside, Middlesbrough, are flying high in the second tier, and will be playing their third game on the spin in Lancashire following trips to Blackpool and Blackburn Rovers.
Chris Beardsley is considered doubtful once again after picking up an injury against Hartlepool United last Tuesday night.
Keith Keane is getting closer to a return and will be assessed before the game. The manager has no other injury concerns apart from long term absentees Lee Trundle and Lee Holmes.
Cash turnstiles will be in operation for the Sir Tom Finney Stand and Alan Kelly Town, as with the opening two rounds, so far can use these, as well as buying from the ticket offices in the Sir Tom Finney Stand and
Invincibles Pavilion – you can buy for ALL areas from both ticket offices.
The ticket and retail store at Deepdale is open until 5pm on Monday and the ticket office in the Sir Tom Finney stand opens at 9am on matchday, right through until after kick-off.
Tickets for this fixture are priced at £15 for adults, £10 for over 60’s and £5 for U16s and are also on sale over the phones on 0844 856 1966 during ticket office opening hours, and online at www.mypne.com.
With the Guild Lounge now sold out, there are still places available in The Sir Tom Finney Lounge, so if you are interested please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tony Mowbray’s men currently lie in eighth, one point off the Play-Offs after winning four of their seven league matches so far this season.
The former Celtic and WBA manager has built an experienced squad to mount a challenge for promotion back to the promise land after a three year absence.
With the likes of former England international and Real Madrid defender Jonathan Woodgate, plus former Cektic midfielder Kevin Thomson they are considered serious contenders this season.
Boro’s squad is as follows:
The One And Only
We have had some fantastic feedback about our redesigned matchday magazine in 2012/13 and hopefully you are enjoying the read? And if you haven't tried it yet then why not grab one for the Capital One Cup clash with Tony Mowbray's Middlesbrough.
Featured in this edition are the latest of our player posters, interviews with David Buchanan, Club captain John Mousinho and the visitors' skipper Rhys Williams and also the latest column from manager Graham Westley.
Also we have profiles of the visitors’ squad and manager, plus a review of the fantastic 5-0 win over Hartlepool last Tuesday night. In our 'Half-Time Interval' we also have more quizzes and fun for fans of all ages, as well as information for young PNE fans.
We continue with our feature about programme collecting and look back, five, ten, 25 and 50 years at previous incarnations of the North End programme, plus ticket and travel information for the upcoming games.
Get yours from Tuesday afternoon from the Club's ticket and retail store, or from a seller around the ground on match night, alternatively you can pre-order your copy now and have it delivered to your door via www.mypne.com.
The last time Mr Stroud took charge of a Preston game was back in 2009 when the Lilywhites memorably beat Cardiff City 6-0 at Deepdale.
So far this season, Mr Stroud has taken charge of four games, handing out 11 yellow cards and no reds.
If you can’t make Tuesday night’s game against Middlesbrough, don’t panic as PNE Player will once again bring you all the action live through the microphone.