It’s the final game of the decade at Deepdale, as the Lilywhites look to sign off with another home win when Mark Bowen brings his Reading side to Lancashire on Sunday.
The Royals pinched the points seven minutes into stoppage time down at the Madejski Stadium back in Bowen’s first game in charge, in October, in a game that didn’t have a lot between the sides.
The visitors picked up back-to-back wins and their third consecutive clean sheet with a Boxing Day success against Queens Park Rangers at home, while PNE extended their unbeaten run to four games with the impressive point at Elland Road.
PNE boss Alex Neil could have three defenders back; with Joe Rafferty and Darnell Fisher definitely back from suspension and centre half Patrick Bauer hopefully available again after illness kept hiom out of Thursday’s clash with Leeds.
A bumper home crowd it expected for the festive fixture, so fans are advised to arrive early if they are still to buy a ticket, although the easiest way to avoid the queues is to load to your member card or print at home, which is available. Remember, this is also the first game where half season cards can be used, which will remain on sale until kick-off.
For Your Information
Match Details: PNE v Reading, Deepdale, Sunday 29th December 2019, kick-off 3pm
Competition: EFL Championship (25/46)
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…
We’ve Met Before: It will be the 29th league meeting between Preston North End and Reading at Deepdale this Sunday, with the Lilywhites looking to record their 23rd win in the overall head-to-head. Click here for more details of past battles.
The One And Only Issue 15: Patrick Bauer has been earning rave reviews from the PNE fans – some asking fellow supporters to name ‘a better free transfer’ and he will be hoping to be back from illness for this final game of 2019. Click here for details of this weekend’s programme.
Team News: Preston North End manager Alex Neil will have at least two defenders available for selection again for the visit of Mark Bowen’s Reading. Click here for details of the options.
Alex Neil Admits Physicality Will Be Important: Preston North End manager Alex Neil says that he will think about squad fitness as much as he thinks about tactics ahead of the clash with Reading. Click here for the manager’s full interview.
Ben Davies Says Team Will Be Even More Switched On: Preston North End defender Ben Davies returned to the side at Elland Road on Thursday evening after a spell on the sidelines. Click here for more from Ben.