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Match Preview: Huddersfield Town (H)

5 January 2023

Preston North End will meet Huddersfield Town for the fourth time this season when the sides come head to head in the third round of the FA Cup this weekend.

Match Information
Venue:
Deepdale
Date:
Saturday 7th January, 12.30pm kick-off
Competition:
FA Cup Third Round
Kit:
Home kit – available online and in-store!

Supporter Information

Tickets for this fixture will be available to purchase right up until kick-off, with supporters able to buy in person from the ticket office, over the phone on 0344 856 1966, or online from www.mypne.com.

The fan zone will be open as usual before and after the game, with timings and full details to be confirmed in our matchday information article prior to matchday.

Given that this is a 12.30pm kick-off, the matchday shuttle bus service timetable will adjust accordingly, with full timings 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

Matchday Programme

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Young forward Finlay Cross-Adair will feature on the front cover of Saturday’s shortened edition of The One And Only.

In his interview which features in the 32-page programme, he talks about his hopes of featuring in this fixture, his recent development at the club and also how strange it will be to see himself feature on the cover of The One And Only!

You can pick up a copy of the programme for £2.50 from around the ground or order online by clicking here.

How To Follow The Game

FA Cup fixtures are not able to be streamed on iFollow either overseas or in the UK, however this game has been selected for international coverage, so supporters are advised to check their local TV listings.

Audio commentary will be available as normal, though, with Guy Clarke and David Buchanan on the mic. Audio match passes are not available, but a monthly pass can be bought for £4.49. Subscribe here!

As usual, there will be coverage before, during and after the game here on PNE.Com and across our social media channels.

In The Dressing Room

Ryan Lowe confirmed in his pre-match press conference that Emil Riis is currently in a brace after suffering a knee injury in the first half of Monday’s victory over Stoke City.

The Dane will be seeing a specialist in the coming days and only then will PNE know how long the forward will be sidelined for, but the manager said “the likelihood of losing him for a bit is very high”.

Irish duo Robbie Brady and Troy Parrott are both back in training now and have a chance of making this fixture, but it will be a case of monitoring their progress on Thursday and Friday.

Jordan Storey and Sean Maguire are both unlikely to feature.

A Look At Our Visitors

After beating Huddersfield Town away from home twice earlier this season, PNE hosted the Terriers at Deepdale on Boxing Day, with the side from West Yorkshire coming out on top.

Mark Fotheringham’s team went on to win their next game in a clash with Rotherham United, before starting 2023 with a home defeat to Luton Town.

They’ve still got work to do to get themselves out of the Championship bottom three, but on Saturday the focus will be solely on progressing to round four of the FA Cup.

Going Head To Head

Games played: 99
PNE wins: 38
Draws: 24
Huddersfield Town wins: 37
Last victory: Huddersfield 0-1 PNE, 18th October 2022

One To Watch

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As is always the case with cup competitions, it’s difficult to predict how many changes will be made, but Jordan Rhodes could be the man to keep an eye on if he is to feature.

The 32-year-old forward, who has played almost 600 games in his career to date, has six goals to his name so far this season, with two of those coming against PNE.

He also has a good record against North End prior to the current season, having netted a hat-trick back in 2011, while he also scored for Blackburn Rovers at Deepdale in the 2015/16 campaign.

Match Officials

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Anthony Backhouse will referee a Preston North End fixture for the first time in his career on Saturday.

Backhouse, from Cumbria, has taken charge of games in League One and League Two mostly this season, however he did referee a league clash between Coventry and Cardiff City at the end of 2022.

In the 20 games which he has officiated so far this season, he has shown a total of 57 yellow cards, and he’s yet to dismiss any players.


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