Our new principal partner 888sport will be supplying the latest odds and tips ahead of each game, here is their first betting preview ahead of the first home league game.
From the the narrow 1-0 opening day reverse at Reading, to the joy of a 94th minute cup winner over Hartlepool United – it’s been quite a first week of the new season for North End.
Saturday’s opponents Fulham, 9/1 shots for promotion, did their chances of a good finish come May no harm at all with a 1-0 win over hot title favourites Newcastle United, and then followed up in the cup with a 3-2 victory at Leyton Orient.
The Lilywhites lost this fixture last season 2-1, with strikes from 23-goal man Ross McCormack and the talented Moussa Dembele, but with both dangermen having moved on to pastures new, the Londoners’ goal threat will come from a different source.
They played a largely containing game against Newcastle, and we can expect more of the same again, so expect a tight affair.
A goal or less in the match at 2/1 looks like a very solid selection, and with the atmosphere at Deepdale set to be pumping from the get-go, the home side winning at both half-time and full-time is a tempting 5/2 chance.
Returning forward Eoin Doyle bagged the winner in midweek and is 5/1 to net the opener here, with Jermaine Beckford a 22/5 chance and Joe Garner 23/5, while the visitors’ Sone Aluko can be backed in the same market at 13/2, with Cauley Woodrow and Matt Smith 7/1 apiece.
Prediction: 1-0 6/1
Bet of the day: PNE to win without conceding 12/5
Outside punt: Tom Clarke to score in a PNE win 30/1
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