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Match Preview: Blackpool (A)

20 October 2022

Preston North End will take on their fiercest rivals this weekend as they head to Bloomfield Road for the latest instalment of the West Lancashire derby.

Match Information
Bloomfield Road
Saturday 22nd October, 12.30pm kick-off
Sky Bet Championship (Matchday 17/46)
Home kit – available in-store and online!

Supporter Information

Tickets in the away end for this fixture are sold out, and there will be no extra tickets available.

Supporters who are yet to collect their tickets will have until 6pm on Friday to do so from Deepdale, before they are then sent to Bloomfield Road, where they can be picked up from 11am from the white booth located by the away turnstiles.

An extra coach has also been added from Deepdale for this fixture, with full details on travel here.

How To Follow The Game

Supporters in the UK and Ireland can listen to live commentary of this fixture with a £2.50 audio match pass or £4.49 monthly pass. However, the option to stream the game live in the UK is at the discretion of the home club, who have opted to not make this game available to watch. 

Fans overseas are able to watch the game as normal, with £10 match passes available to buy here.

There will also be extensive coverage before, during, and after the game here on PNE.Com and across our social media channels.

In The Dressing Room

In his pre-match interview, Ryan Lowe confirmed he would be able to choose from the same group of players who beat Huddersfield Town during the week.

Daniel Johnson and Liam Lindsay both missed that game with respective injuries, and are expected to miss out once again.

The manager also confirmed that striker Troy Parrott had surgery on his hamstring injury during the week, and he is on track to be ready for the return to action after the World Cup break.

A Look At Our Hosts


Managed by former PNE midfielder Michael Appleton, the Seasiders go into the weekend sat just above the bottom three.

They've struggled for consistency so far this season, yet to achieve back-to-back victories in the Championship, and their most recent result was a 3-1 defeat at home against Hull City on Wednesday night.

Blackpool were without a number of players in that game due to injuries and suspensions, but they'll at least have Marvin Ekpiteta and Dom Thompson returning to the fold following their one-game bans.

Going Head To Head

Games played: 96
PNE wins: 46
Draws: 19
Blackpool wins: 31
Last meeting: PNE 1-0 Blackpool, 5th April 2022

One To Watch


Forward Jerry Yates appears to have hit goalscoring form in recent weeks, having netted two braces in the past three matches.

The attacker has played both centrally and off the left in games of late, and even had to operate at right wing back in their victory over Watford a week and a half ago.

Yates also registered an assist for his side in last season’s meeting against North End at Bloomfield Road.

Match Officials


Premier League referee Chris Kavanagh will take charge of Saturday’s fixture.

Kavanagh last refereed a North End fixture back in November 2021, when PNE drew 1-1 at home to Fulham, with his last game prior to that dating back to 2017.

He has officiated seven games so far this season – one of which came in the Europa League – showing a total of 24 yellow cards. He will be assisted by Dan Cook and Daniel Robathan, with Samuel Barrott on fourth official duties.

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