Taking charge of Tuesday night’s trip to the Riverside Stadium is a match official we haven’t seen since the opening day of last season.
The referee will be Darren England, who took charge of our win over Queens Park Rangers at Deepdale in August 2018, when Alan Browne was the match winner.
In 2017/18, his first on the Select Group Two list, Darren took charge of three North End games, our draw at Middlesbrough in August – so he has done this game before - the 2-2 clash with Fulham at Craven Cottage and the 1-1 draw with Aston Villa in February, so the QPR game was his first visit to Deepdale.
In total so far this season, he officiated in seven games, issuing 11 cautions and no red cards, his last game being the 5-0 home victory for Arsenal against Nottingham Forest at the Emirates Stadium.
This midweek he will be assisted by Philip Dermot and Shaun Hudson, whilst the fourth official will be Seb Stocksbridge.