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Match Preview: Leeds United (H)

23 December 2023

Match Previews

Match Preview: Leeds United (H)

23 December 2023

North End are back at Deepdale for the first part of a festive double-header on Boxing Day as Leeds United and the Sky Sports cameras come to Lancashire.

Match Details

Date: Tuesday 26th December, 12.30pm kick-off
Venue: Deepdale
Competition: Sky Bet Championship
Kit: Home kit

Supporter Information

Tickets for this fixture are now completely sold out, meaning no tickets will be available to buy on the day.

The ticket office at Deepdale will be open for collections from 9am on the day of the match, and supporters will also be able to collect for the upcoming trip to Chelsea.

Supporters can head to The Gentry Bar pre-match from 10am for drinks and live entertainment, and full timings can be found in the Matchday Information article.

The matchday shuttle bus service will also be available for home fans to use, and return tickets cost £6 on-board. Full timings of the service can be found below:

Leyland Tesco (Stop A – Car Park) – 10.50am
The Railway Pub, Leyland – 11am
Ye Olde Hob Inn, Bamber Bridge – 11.05am
Beam and Brycg Pub, Bamber Bridge – 11.10am
Arrive at Deepdale, Lowthorpe Road – 11.30am

During the warm-up, the PNE squad will wear t-shirts in support of jockey Graham Lee – cousin of North End defender Greg Cunningham – who sustained serious injuries last month. You can kindly donate via a JustGiving page raising money for the Injured Jockeys Fund.

Who’s Available?


The extent of the injury which forced Robbie Brady off on Friday night will be assessed ahead of this fixture.

Liam Millar – who replaced the Irishman in Swansea and got on the scoresheet – will no doubt be pushing for a start, while Dai Cornell will be wanting to keep his place in goal after making his first Championship start for the club.

Long-term absentee Emil Riis will be missing again, as his return date has been marked for the New Year.

Opposition Focus


Leeds United will arrive at Deepdale full of confidence after a huge 4-0 win against fellow promotion contenders Ipswich Town.

The Yorkshire outfit – back in the Championship for the first time since 2020 – have really hit their stride under Daniel Farke, and will look to close the gap between themselves and the Tractor Boys in second.

There’s no shortage of quality within their ranks, with Crysencio Summerville and Joël Piroe responsible for almost half of the team’s goals, while Farke’s side have the second tightest defence in the division.

A Recent Clash

PNE were forced to settle for a point against Leeds United on Boxing Day in 2019, as Alan Browne’s superb goal was cancelled out in the 89th minute.

Follow The Action

This match can be watched live on Sky Sports, however due to the TV selection, it will be unavailable on iFollow in the majority of regions.

Fans around the world can listen as usual, though, with match and monthly passes both on sale. Guy Clarke and Andy Fensome are on commentary duty.

You can also follow extensive coverage across the club’s social media channels and here on the website.

Match Officials


Referee: Josh Smith
Assistant Referees: Matthew Smith and Alex James
Fourth Official: Geoff Eltringham

This will mark the fourth time already this season that Josh Smith has taken charge of a PNE fixture, having previously overseen matches against Swansea City, West Brom and QPR.

In the 21 games he’s refereed this season, he’s shown 77 yellow cards and four reds.

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