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Match Preview: Swansea City (H)

24 August 2023

Preston North End will look to extend the unbeaten start to the Sky Bet Championship campaign when Swansea City come to Deepdale this weekend.

Match Details

Date: Saturday 26th August, 3pm kick-off
Sky Bet Championship
Home kit – available to buy in-store and online!

Supporter Information

Fans can buy tickets for Saturday’s clash right up until kick-off online from, in person from the ticket office at Deepdale, and over the phone on 0344 856 1966.

Home supporters can also visit The Gentry Bar for pre-match drinks and to take in the lunchtime kick-off, with doors opening from 11am. Full details and timings can be found in our Matchday Information article, which will be published ahead of Saturday.

Who’s Available?


Ali McCann, who missed last weekend’s victory over Sheffield Wednesday through injury, will be available on Saturday after returning to training.

Ben Whiteman has also been back in parts of training as of Thursday morning, but he won’t be ready for the weekend as he continues his recovery from a hernia operation.

Robbie Brady is back on the grass himself, while Emil Riis might make a return as early as 16th September when PNE host Plymouth Argyle at Deepdale.

Pre-Match Chat


Get ready for the weekend’s match by hearing from manager Ryan Lowe and the skipper, Alan Browne.

Opposition Focus


Swansea City looked like a side on the up, having had a few seasons developing under the management of Russell Martin, so it was a blow for the Welsh outfit when he was poached by Southampton.

It looked as though they would have a challenge on their hands to keep hold of 20-goal striker Joël Piroe and he sealed a move to Leeds United on Thursday evening, however fans were understandably delighted to see captain Matt Grimes recently sign a new deal.

Under new head coach Michael Duff, the side from South Wales are looking for their first victory of the Sky Bet Championship season, having drawn against Birmingham City and Coventry City at home, and they also lost 3-2 at The Hawthorns.

A Recent Clash

Brad Potts scored the only goal of the evening as PNE came out 1-0 winners against Swansea City on the opening day of November 2022.

Follow The Action

Supporters in the UK and Ireland can listen to the match live on iFollow PNE, with a £2.50 match pass or £4.49 monthly pass. Commentary comes from Guy Clarke and Andy Fensome.

Fans overseas are able to watch the match live, with £10 match passes available to buy.

You can also follow the action across our social media channels and here on PNE.Com.

Match Officials


Referee: Josh Smith
Assistant Referees: Matthew Jones and Sam Lewis
Fourth Official: Anthony Backhouse

Josh Smith will referee Saturday’s match, having last taken charge of a PNE fixture in February 2023 when he sent Ben Whiteman off in a 1-1 draw against Luton Town.

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