Preston North End head to Adams Park for a league game for the first time in a decade this weekend, looking for another valuable three points.
The two sides meet in Buckinghamshire in the Emirates FA Cup back in January, with former North End winger Gareth Ainsworth’s side coming out on top in a third round tie.
The reverse fixture at Deepdale back in December was a 2-2 draw, but this time around the Lilywhites will be trying to add another three points to their tally.
With a free week for Alex Neil and his team and a chance to get some rest and a couple days out on the training pitches, he will hope to have a fresh squad.
Competition: EFL Sky Bet Championship (36/46)
Date: Saturday 13th March, kick-off 3pm
Venue: Adams Park
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Head To Head: PNE wins – 9; Draws – 5; Wycombe Wanderers - 3
Alex Neil’s injury list eased slightly last weekend with Sean Maguire, Alan Browne and Paul Gallagher returning, however, he was without Andrew Hughes with a shoulder injury.
The Welshman joined Ryan Ledson and Liam Lindsay, also need to be assessed, whilst Louis Moult, Billy Bodin, Declan Rudd and Patrick Bauer remain on the sidelines.
Jordan Obita could return for Gareth Ainsworth, with Ryan Alssop having been back on the bench for Tuesday night’s defeat at another of the Wycombe manager’s former clubs, Queens Park Rangers.
It was just after New Year, when Forest visited Deepdale the last time Saturday’s match official, Tim Robinson, took charge of the Lilywhites.
Before that, back in 2019, he took charge of our trip to Derby County and his last game in PR1 was the goalless draw at home to Forest in February that same year.
Prior to that, we saw the referee in December 2017. That game, a 1-0 win at home to Sheffield United, saw Robinson as the man with the whistle at a PNE game, for the second time in three weeks.
Tim, from West Sussex, in his ninth year on the EFL list and was the match official for the 1-1 draw with Norwich City at Carrow Road in November that same season. Before that, he last took charge of North End in his first trip to Deepdale, when we overcame Birmingham City 2-1 back in March of the previous season.
That was his fourth game overall in charge of the Lilywhites, the others all being away trips; Brentford, Ipswich and a 2-0 victory at Coventry City when Joe Garner and then club captain Tom Clarke were on the scoresheet.
This will be his 31st game of the season, his last being Tranmere’s 2-0 win at Southend United on Tuesday night. This season he has issued 89 cautions and five red cards in those previous 30 games.
This is his first Wycombe game of the season and his assistants on Saturday afternoon will be Nigel Lugg and Andrew Fox, whilst the fourth official is Alan Young.
North End fans in the UK and Ireland can watch Saturday’s game live on iFollow PNE, with purchases of a £10 match pass available now.
Jonathan Breeze and former North End defender Paul Sparrow are on commentary duties, with replays, graphics and coverage from Adams Park from approximately 2.30pm on Saturday afternoon.
Alex Neil On Wycombe Wanderers Challenge: Preston North End manager Alex Neil says that his side will know what to expect when they take on Gareth Ainsworth’s Chairboys at Adams Park on Saturday. Click here for the full interview.
A Match To Remember: It is also ten years since this remarkable game between the Lilywhites at Chairboys under the floodlights at Adam Park. Click here for the details.
Sean Maguire Wants To Right The Wrongs Of Cup Tie: Preston North End striker Sean Maguire returned from injury in last weekend’s draw at home to AFC Bournemouth. Click here for Sean’s thoughts.