The second half of the season gets underway on Boxing Day with the Lilywhites heading across the Pennines to face Leeds United at Elland Road in a 5.15pm kick-off.
The second-placed Peacocks entertain the fifth-placed North End in front of the Sky Sports cameras, with both sides looking to cement their positions in the table with a festive three points.
The first game between Alex Neil and Marcelo Bielsa’s sides, back in October, was one for the football students as both managers tried to tactically outdo one another, with North End looking like the victors, until a later visiting equaliser.
This Christmas cracker of a clash looks no less of a thinking man’s game, with the coaches looking to see who can come out on top in front of a sell out crowd in the white rose city.
The hosts lost their first game in 11, to Scott Parker’s Fulham on Saturday, whilst PNE returned from South Wales with a point, where they felt it should have been all three, so both sides will feel they have things to prove on St Stephen’s Day.
For Your Information
Match Details: Leeds United v Preston North End, Elland Road, Thursday 26th December 2019, kick-off 5.15pm
Competition: EFL Championship (24/46)
PNE colours: Green shirts, yellow shorts and socks, black goalkeeper
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Here’s all the coverage accessible on PNE.Com in preview of the game…
Ticket Information: Tickets remain on sale for the Boxing Day trip to face fellow promotion chasers Leeds United at Elland Road. Click here for more information.
Match Officials: Our Boxing Day match official has not taken charge of a North End game since 1st February, when the game with Derby County ended goalless at Deepdale. Click here for details of who it is.
Team News: Right backs Joe Rafferty and Darnell Fisher sit out the last of their respective three and two match bans for the Boxing Day trip to face Leeds United. Click here for details of the options.
Alex Neil Prepared For Tactical Battle: Preston North End manager Alex Neil is expecting another tactical battle when his side go head to head with Marcelo Bielsa’ Leeds United on Boxing Day. Click here for the manager’s full interview.
Patrick Bauer Ready For First Elland Road Trip: Preston North End centre half Patrick Bauer is looking forward to playing at Elland Road for the first time on Boxing Day. Click here for more from Pat.