Preston North End will look to end the season with a positive result as they head to face Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Saturday lunchtime.
Results in recent weeks have got the Lilywhites into a position where they know they will finish in either 13th or 14th position, with a win able to take them to 61 points should they beat Chris Hughton’s side.
Forest were victorious at Deepdale back in the opening game of the calendar year, when a controversial penalty, that Lewis Grabban struck twice, proved the only goal of the game.
It will also be Gentry Day on Saturday, virtually, with the team looking to remember all those we have lost connected with the club in the past 12 months by putting on a positive display in what everyone hopes is the last ever game without fans.
Competition: EFL Sky Bet Championship (44/46)
Date: Saturday 8th May, kick-off 12.30pm
Venue: The City Ground
Kit: 2020/21 home third kit – click here to buy it now!
Head To Head: PNE wins – 33; Draws – 31; Nottingham Forest - 42
There are no new concerns for Frankie McAvoy ahead of the team’s last game of the season, with Daniel Johnson, Declan Rudd, Patrick Bauer and Joe Rafferty all missing out, but hopefully all being fit by the next time the players pull on a shirt in anger in July.
For Chris Hughton, Luke Freeman looks like missing out again and thus he would have played the last game of his loan spell with the Reds.
For last weekend’s trip to Sheffield Wednesday, they were also without Sammy Ameobi (ankle) and Samba Sow (groin), with the latter unlikely to be ready for this one, but Ameobi should be back.
Darren Bond will take charge of a Lilywhites game for the final time this season – his third game, after Millwall at home and Boxing Day’s last minute victory over Derby County at Pride Park.
This will be his first – and last – trip to the City Ground this season, having only officiated Forest on the road at Norwich City back in the early stages of the season.
Last season he refereed our July trip to Huddersfield Town and the Boxing Day draw with Leeds United. Prior to the clash with the Peacocks, he had not taken charge of a North End game since February 2019, when the game with Derby County ended goalless at Deepdale.
Darren in 2017/18 also officiated our 2-1 win at Bristol City and the 2-0 victory over Sunderland up at the Stadium of Light in March.
This will be his 32nd game of this season, having issued 102 yellow cards and six reds so far. The referee will be assisted by Robert Hyde and George Byrne, with Ross Joyce as the fourth official.
North End fans everywhere can watch Saturday’s game exclusively live on iFollow PNE, with purchases of a £10 audio match pass available now.
Jonathan Breeze and former North End striker Brett Ormerod are on commentary duties, with replays, graphics and coverage from the City Ground from approximately 12 noon on Saturday lunchtime.
Frankie McAvoy Relishing Gentry Day: Preston North End’s interim head coach Frankie McAvoy is looking forward to the final game of the season and to celebrating Gentry Day with the trip to Nottingham Forest. Click here for the full interview.
A Match To Remember: We go back to January 2018 to a memorable trip to the City Ground as the Lilywhites picked up their first win at the home of Nottingham Forest in 15 years. Click here for the details.
Ryan Ledson Proud To Receive Double Award: Preston North End’s 2021 player of the year and player’s player of the year Ryan Ledson has spoken about his pride in collecting the trophies. Click here for Ryan’s thoughts.