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Match Preview: Watford (A)

2 March 2023

Preston North End will look to make it five unbeaten this weekend as they head to Vicarage Road to take on Watford.

Match Information
Vicarage Road
Saturday 4th March, 3pm kick-off
Sky Bet Championship (Matchday 35/46)
Home kit – 30% off in-store and online!

Supporter Information

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

Watford have confirmed there will be tickets available to buy from the away ticket office from midday on Saturday, but please note only cash payments will be accepted.

Any supporters looking to collect duplicate tickets can do so from midday, while pre-paid tickets can be collected once the club's supporter coaches arrive, which is expected to be between 1.30pm and 2pm.

How To Follow The Game

Supporters in the UK and Ireland can listen to the game live on iFollow PNE, with commentary coming from Guy Clarke and Paul Sparrow.

Those overseas will be able to watch the game with a £10 match pass, which can be purchased here.

There will also be plenty of coverage throughout the day across the club’s social media channels and here on PNE.Com.

In The Dressing Room


Both Ben Whiteman and Robbie Brady will be back available after serving their respective suspensions.

Manager Ryan Lowe also confirmed Greg Cunningham will be in contention, having missed the midweek draw against Coventry City with a knock.

Andrew Hughes is on the grass following his injury, but he is unlikely to feature, with the manager keen on not rushing the defender back to action.

A Look At Our Hosts


Having been relegated from the Premier League last season, Watford have been in and around the Play-Off spots for the majority of the current campaign.

They sit just outside of the top six as things stand – four points behind Luton Town in sixth – but they’ve had a tricky run of late, facing top two Burnley and Sheffield United within the last fortnight.

With Slaven Bilić in charge, the Hornets have a man who has already tasted promotion to the top flight previously with West Bromwich Albion, and he’ll be hoping to add another to his CV come the end of the campaign.

Going Head To Head

Games played: 45
PNE wins: 18
Draws: 14
Watford wins: 13
Last victory: PNE 1-0 Watford, 25th August 2015

One To Watch


It was perhaps surprising to see Watford manage to hold on to Ismaïla Sarr following their relegation from the Premier League last season, after his impressive displays for club and country.

He’s turned out to be a key man for the Hornets this season, proving to once again be a regular source of goals, while his skill and creativity on the wing is also hugely important to the side from Hertfordshire.

Sarr’s contract at Vicarage Road is actually up at the end of the season, so there’s a decision to be made there between club and player, but he’ll be hoping to end the campaign strongly, whether it’s his last in a Watford shirt or not.

Match Officials


Gavin Ward will take charge of his second Preston North End fixture of the season this weekend.

Ward previously officiated PNE’s 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough at the end of October, while he has plenty of other experience officiating North End over the years.

So far this campaign, Ward has refereed 30 games in total, showing 105 yellow cards and two reds in that period.

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