Preston North End return to Deepdale this weekend to take on Stoke City following back-to-back long journeys away from home.
Date: Saturday 15th October, 3pm kick-off
Competition: Sky Bet Championship (Matchday 15/46)
Kit: Home kit – available in-store and online!
Tickets for this fixture can be purchased right up until kick-off, with supporters able to buy online from www.mypne.com, in person from the ticket office, and over the phone on 0344 856 1966.
Head down to the ground early to join us in the fan zone before the game, with doors opening at 12 noon. There will be the usual selection of food and drink available to supporters, as well as live music before the game, while the fan zone will also reopen after full-time.
Keep an eye around the ground as Preston North End Community and Education Trust [PNECET] are supporting the launch of ‘Charlie’s Story’, a book written by PNE Academy player Charlie Whalley and his mum Michelle to share his experiences of living with a burn injury. You can find out more about Charlie and what will be going on at Deepdale here.
How To Follow The Game
Supporters in the UK and Ireland can listen to the game live on iFollow PNE, with live commentary coming from Jonathan Breeze and David Buchanan. Subscribe to your match pass here!
Meanwhile, fans overseas are able to watch the game live with a £10 match pass.
We will also be providing our usual coverage before, during, and after the game across our social media platforms and here on PNE.Com.
Robbie Brady features on the front cover of our matchday programme and gives a raw, honest interview about his life over the past few years.
North End's No.11 tells us about the difficulties he faced during his time down in Bournemouth, without his wife and two children, but he admits he's much happier now, saying things have "fallen into place" for him since his move to Deepdale.
You can buy a programme from around the ground for £3.50 on Saturday, or order a copy to arrive straight to your home by clicking here.
In The Dressing Room
Ryan Lowe will be able to call upon central defender Jordan Storey once again, after he served his one-game suspension midweek following his accumulation of five yellow cards.
Speaking to the press after that game against Bristol City, the manager confirmed Álvaro Fernández and Liam Lindsay both picked up knocks, and that they would need to be assessed ahead of the weekend.
Troy Parrott will miss out again, with the Tottenham Hotspur forward not expected to return to action until December.
A Look At Our Visitors
There will be a familiar face in the dugout at Deepdale on Saturday, with former PNE boss Alex Neil now in charge of Stoke City.
The Scot, who managed North End between 2017 and 2021, left Sunderland for the Potters in August of this year after enjoying promotion with the Black Cats, and he has since overseen a mixed run of results.
Their most recent outing will give them plenty of confidence, though, having beaten league leaders Sheffield United 3-1 last weekend, in a game which saw Manchester City loanee Liam Delap open his Championship account.
Going Head To Head
Games played: 109
PNE wins: 49
Stoke City wins: 36
Last meeting: Stoke City 1-2 PNE, 3rd January 2022
One To Watch
Bringing Lewis Baker to the club in January has proven to be one of the shrewdest pieces of business in the division this calendar year.
Baker – formerly of Chelsea – has been colossal in central midfield for the Potters, boasting an impressive record of 12 goals in his 35 Stoke City appearances.
The former England youth international also holds the extra responsibility of wearing the armband, having been appointed club captain in the summer, and he will no doubt have a big part to play this weekend.
Matthew Donohue will take charge of his first PNE game of the season this weekend.
Donohue has refereed North End five times in his career so far, with the most recent game being the 2-1 victory over AFC Bournemouth at Deepdale last season.
So far this term, Donohue has refereed nine matches, showing 30 yellow cards, and he will be assisted on Saturday by Daniel Leach and Richard Wild, while Adam Herczeg is the fourth official.