North End’s Boxing Day fixture sees them travelling to face Paul Heckingbottom’s Barnsley at Oakwell.
The Lilywhites go into the game on the back of a seven game unbeaten run, looking to further press their claims for a place in the top six by extending that against a tough opponent in the Tykes.
Both manager Alex Neil and midfielder Ben Pearson return to a former club and both are featured in our preview pieces, as we look ahead to when will be our 87th league game played on St Stephen’s Day.
The hosts come into the game on the back of a pre-Christmas defeat at Fulham on Saturday, but with a hard-working side, that will make it very difficult for the Lilywhites, they should certainly not underestimated.
They have had a busy week off the field, with a takeover completed of the club, and this will be their first home game since that historic day, meaning there could well be some added extra anticipation around the place for PNE to deal with.