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Preston North End vs West Ham United Match Preview

19 July 2018

Alex Neil and his North End squad return from Ireland this week and have their first run out at Deepdale, with back-to-back home friendlies.

First up is Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham United, who are at Deepdale on Saturday afternoon for a 3pm kick-off.

The Lilywhites have so far managed 18 goals in three pre-season games, but with the Hammers and then Burnley in PR1 in the space of 72 hours, it will be a tougher test for the PNE squad in these two preparatory fixtures.

The manager is likely to split his squad across the two games, upping the minutes in the tank for the first team; with everyone fit and available for selection. Josh Earl missed the last two games, but should be fine to return either against the East Londoners or our local rivals on Monday night.

The visitors could include some of their summer signings, including England midfielder Jack Wilshere, whilst Jordan Hugill could also make a return to Deepdale for the first time since his January transfer window move to the Olympic Stadium.

The team will wear the new home kit for the first time, which is on sale now, with the yellow second strip also available to purchase from Friday 20th July.

EFL official Ben Toner takes charge of the game, where the electronic entry system will be in use at Deepdale.

For these friendlies fans will need to purchase a paper ticket, either in person from the Deepdale ticket office, online via MyPNE.Com or by calling 0344 856 1966.

These paper tickets will have a barcode on, which will be used for entry to the stadium. Fans are advised to arrive early for the game and to not leave purchases until the last minute, as queues will form at the ticket office during the last half hour.

Fans can buy on matchday from the main Deepdale ticket office or the Invincibles ticket office (open from 1pm) and tickets for all parts of the ground can be bought from both.

Tickets for both of the home pre-season games are priced at £10 for adults, £5 concessions and free for U11s when accompanied by an adult.

The club's shuttle bus, running from Leyland Tesco, will be in operation. The shuttle departs as 1.20pm from Leyland Tesco (Stop A – car park), its route is via Church Road, Canberra Road, Turpin Green Lane, Churchill Way, Golden Hill Lane, Preston Road to The Railway.

At 1.30pm it departs The Railway, Preston Road – (Bus Stop on the same side as pub) and then arrives at Lowthorpe Road, Deepdale at 2pm. It is priced at £4 for a return ticket and £3 for a single.

If you can’t get to the game, Jonathan Breeze and former PNE striker Brett Ormerod will be providing live video coverage of the game through iFollow, with the broadcast on air from 2.45pm.

Full match coverage will also be available on all our usual media channels, with a matchday programme – combining both the West Ham and Burnley games – also available from the ticket office from Friday afternoon for £2.


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