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Match Preview: Sheffield United (A)

27 April 2023

Match Previews

Match Preview: Sheffield United (A)

27 April 2023

Preston North End will head to Bramall Lane on Saturday for the penultimate game of the Championship season, taking on Sheffield United who secured their promotion to the Premier League earlier this week.

Match Information
Bramall Lane
Saturday 29th April, 3pm kick-off
EFL Sky Bet Championship (Matchday 45/46)
Away kit – available in-store and online!

Supporter Information

Tickets for this fixture will remain on sale from until 1pm on Friday 28th April, while sales will continue in person from the ticket office and over the phone on 0344 856 1966 until 5pm.

Supporters collecting pre-paid or duplicate tickets on the day can do so from the black collection kiosk, which is adjacent to the ticket office, located at the bottom of the main car park on Cherry Street. The collection kiosk will open at 1.30pm.

Coach travel is still available for this game, departing from Deepdale and Leyland at 11am, priced at £14 per Ambassador and £16 per non-Ambassador.

How To Follow The Game

Supporters worldwide can listen to the game live on iFollow PNE, with commentary coming from Guy Clarke and David Buchanan. Click here to buy a match pass for just £2.50.

Fans overseas, but not those in the UK and Ireland, can watch live with a £10 match pass and with seasonal subscriptions.

There will also be extensive coverage of the fixture across our social media channels and right here on PNE.Com.

In The Dressing Room


Robbie Brady is expected to miss out this weekend with a calf strain, which also left him out of Saturday’s game against Blackburn Rovers.

Other than that, it will be the same group of players available to Ryan Lowe, with Bambo Diaby serving the second match of his four-game suspension.

Patrick Bauer – after making his first start since December last weekend – will be looking to take his North End appearance tally to 100 at Bramall Lane.

A Look At Our Hosts


Sheffield United secured their automatic promotion to the top flight on Wednesday evening with a 2-0 victory at home to West Bromwich Albion.

The Blades, managed by Paul Heckingbottom, have spent pretty much the whole campaign in the top two spots of the division and they’ve coupled that success with reaching the FA Cup semi-finals.

With promotion already secured, changes may be made for this fixture, but there’s a huge amount of strength in the Blades’ squad, so whoever they field will pose a threat on the day.

Going Head To Head

Games played: 121
PNE wins: 36
Draws: 32
Sheffield United wins: 53
Last victory: Sheffield United 0-1 PNE, 28th April 2018

One To Watch


It’s always difficult to pick out just one key man from a team riding so high in the league table, but Iliman Ndiaye is hard to look past.

With 13 goals and nine assists to his name, the 23-year-old has proven to be one of the best attacking talents in the Championship this season, and he unsurprisingly has a reported long list of admirers.

Ndiaye, who played three times for Senegal at the Qatar World Cup – one of those being against England – opened the scoring at Deepdale in the reverse fixture earlier this season.

Match Officials


Stephen Martin will take charge of a PNE match for the third time this season on Saturday.

Martin oversaw North End’s 2-1 victory away to Rotherham United last month, while the other was a 4-0 defeat at Deepdale against Norwich City.

In total this season, Martin has refereed 19 matches, showing 74 yellow cards and three reds.

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