Preston North End will look to get a new decade underway with their first home win over Middlesbrough since 1972.
The Lilywhites host Boro on New Year’s Day looking to get a win and return to the top six in the Championship against Jonathan Woodgate’s in-form Teesiders.
The game up at the Riverside at the beginning of October saw the sides share a point, despite Josh Harrop giving the visitors a first half lead.
Three wins on the bounce over the festive period have lifted the spirits at Middlesbrough and have been a reward for manager Woodgate’s faith in the talented group of young players at his disposal.
North End boss Alex Neil will hope to be able to recall experience to his side, with David Nugent (eye injury) and Patrick Bauer (virus) having missed the last game of 2019 against Reading on Sunday.
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Match Details: PNE v Middlesbrough, Deepdale, Wednesday 1st January 2020, kick-off 3pm
Competition: EFL Championship (26/46)
PNE colours: Home kit, goalkeeper in green
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Here’s all the coverage accessible on PNE.Com in preview of the game…
Ticket Information: For our first game of 2020, we welcome Jonathan Woodgate’s Middlesbrough to Deepdale on Wednesday afternoon. Click here for more information.
Alex Neil On Middlesbrough Test: Preston North End manager Alex Neil is expecting a tough game when Jonathan Woodgate’s Middlesbrough arrive at Deepdale to start the new decade on Wednesday afternoon. Click here for the manager’s full interview.
Paul Gallagher Reflects And Looks Forward: Preston North End midfielder Paul Gallagher has finished 2019 by being named in the club’s team of the decade. Click here for more from Gally.