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Aston Villa vs Preston North End Match Preview

19 February 2018

The Lilywhites face another automatic promotion challenger on Tuesday night as we head to the second city to face Steve Bruce’s Aston Villa.

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Ticket Information: Aston Villa

19 February 2018

Earlier this season the Villans were victorious in front of the Sky cameras at Deepdale in the middle of North End’s defensive injury crisis, in a game where Alan Browne needed to play 45 minutes at centre half.

This time around manager Alex Neil is able to welcome back two players who have played a key role in the side, in Ben Pearson and Greg Cunningham after suspension, to give his squad more options, although John Welsh must sit out the game after his red card at the weekend.

Last season’s trip to Villa Park was a thriller, with Albert Adomah putting the hosts two goals to the good at the interval, only for Jordan Hugill to score two second half goals to give PNE a point in January of last year.

Ref Watch
For the third time this season, the Lilywhites will have Darren England as match official for Tuesday night’s clash with Steve Bruce’s Aston Villa at Villa Park…

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Stat Attack
One of the oldest rivalries in professional football resumes on Tuesday between two teams who met numerous times prior to the establishment of the Football League in 1888…

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Ticket Information
Tickets remain on sale for Tuesday night’s visit to Villa Park, with 750 tickets already sold…

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Opposition View
Steve Bruce will be looking for his side to get back to the form that won seven straight league games prior to their defeat at Fulham at the weekend…

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PNE Team News
Manager Alex Neil can welcome back Greg Cunningham and Ben Pearson after their suspensions were served in Saturday’s draw with league leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers at Deepdale…

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Match Coverage
On Tuesday evening, if you can’t make it to Villa Park, then you can sign up for a £5 match pass and watch the game – with full match commentary – live on iFollow PNE…

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Alex Neil’s Thoughts
One key change the manager has made to the squad at Deepdale since his arrival in the summer is the mentality of the dressing room, something that the gaffer feels is showing more than ever in recent weeks…

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Greg Cunningham Preview
With just over a dozen games to go this season, Greg Cunningham insists North End need to focus on themselves and not those teams around them…

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