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Match Preview: Hearts (H)

19 July 2022

Match Previews

Match Preview: Hearts (H)

19 July 2022

Preston North End will play at Deepdale for the first time in over two months when Heart of Midlothian come to Lancashire on Wednesday evening.

The friendly against Robbie Neilson’s side, which kicks off at 7.45pm, marks the fifth match of PNE’s pre-season schedule, with only a game against Leicester City still to come.

North End will play in the new 2022/23 home kit for the first time on Wednesday night, and those wishing to buy the kit in adult sizes will be able to do so from the club shop up until kick-off! The kit can also be pre-ordered in junior sizes here.

Supporter Information

Tickets for the game will also be on sale right up until kick-off, with supporters able to buy in person from the ticket office, over the phone on 0344 856 1966 and online at Ticket prices are discounted for Ambassadors.

Please note, the ticket office will stop selling for the Wigan Athletic away match at 5pm both in person and over the phone, but sales will continue online overnight.

The fan zone will be open to home supporters from 5pm, with non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks, food and live music all available. The fan zone will reopen after the game, with last orders at 10pm.

Match Coverage

Supporters worldwide will be available to watch the game live on iFollow PNE with a £5 match pass, with commentary coming from Guy Clarke and David Buchanan. Subscribe here!

There will also be the usual match updates on our social media channels, with reaction to follow here on PNE.Com.

Matchday Programme


Former Hearts player Ben Woodburn is the man on the cover of our 32-page matchday programme, which includes content for both Wednesday night’s game and the Leicester City friendly.

Ben talks about his loan with the Jam Tarts last season and his short time so far as a PNE man, while we have extensive coverage of both opponents to Deepdale this week.

The One And Only will be available from around the ground for £2, or you can buy online here.

PNE Team News

This fixture could be the first chance for North End supporters to see the four summer signings in action at Deepdale.

Given his links to Hearts, Ben Woodburn will be a man keen to make an appearance, while the likes of Dai Cornell, Freddie Woodman and Robbie Brady could also feature.

One man definitely ruled out is striker Sean Maguire, with the Irishman expected to miss the next six weeks due to an Achilles injury.

The Opposition

In Hearts, North End are facing a side who finished third in the Scottish Premiership during the 2021/22 season, meaning they have secured their place in European competition for the upcoming campaign.

They are still awaiting to find out who their opponents will be in next month’s two-legged Europa League Play-Off. A win would see them reach the group stages of the competition, while defeat would mean a drop down to the Conference League.

Hearts have faced two English sides in the past week, defeating Tranmere Rovers last Wednesday before being pegged back to 2-2 against Crawley Town, after going 2-0 up.

Get your match pass to watch this game live by clicking here.

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