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Match Preview: Sunderland (H)

4 May 2023

Preston North End will finish the Championship campaign on Monday with a home clash against Sunderland, who are looking to break into the Play-Offs.

Match Information
Monday 8th May, 3pm kick-off
EFL Sky Bet Championship (Matchday 46/46)
Home kit – 50% off available in-store and online!

Supporter Information

Subject to availability, tickets for this fixture will remain on sale right up until kick-off to those who have a previous purchase history with the club.

Tickets will be available to buy online from, while supporters can also buy in person from the ticket office and over the phone on 0344 856 1966.

The Gentry Bar will once again be open before and after the match, with doors opening at 12 noon, and there will be the usual selection of drinks and live music on offer, with full details to be confirmed in the Matchday Information article which will be published prior to Monday.

Supporters of EFL clubs up and down the country are being reminded ahead of the final round of fixtures that entering the field of play and the use of pyrotechnics will be punished by strong sanctions, such as club bans and police action.

Following full-time, supporters are encouraged to stay in their seats as the players will complete a lap of thanks around the pitch before the Player Awards take place.

How To Follow The Game

Supporters worldwide can listen to the game live on iFollow PNE, with commentary coming from Jonathan Breeze and Andy Fensome. Click here to buy a match pass for just £2.50.

As the match is being shown live on Sky Sports, the fixture will be unavailable to watch live on iFollow PNE. Supporters are advised to check their local TV listings to see if the match is available to watch in their area.

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 could return to training this weekend ahead of Monday’s match, after missing the past two fixtures through injury.

Ben Whiteman, who missed the defeat to Sheffield United with a groin issue, is unlikely to make the final match of the season.

There are no fresh injury concerns for Ryan Lowe to worry about, with only the longer-term absentees sidelined while Bambo Diaby is still missing through suspension.

A Look At Our Visitors


Sunderland will arrive at Deepdale on Monday still in with a chance of achieving a Play-Off spot.

Tony Mowbray’s side will need other results to go in their favour – with Coventry City and Millwall within their reach – but Sunderland will need to win either way if they are to have any chance.

The Black Cats have hit form at the right time of the season, having gone eight games unbeaten, and they’ll be backed by a sold-out away end at Deepdale.

Going Head To Head

Games played: 121
PNE wins: 34
Draws: 34
Sunderland wins: 53
Last victory: Sunderland 0-2 PNE, 17th March 2018

One To Watch


Amad Diallo – a youngster who has been regarded very highly at parent club Manchester United since his arrival from Atalanta since 2021 – has enjoyed a brilliant first season in the Championship.

The Ivory Coast international didn’t have the loan spell he would have hoped for with Rangers last term, but he has really shown his quality at the Stadium of Light this season.

A crucial part of their team, Amad has mainly operated from the right during the course of the campaign and has scored 12 goals along the way.

Match Officials


Bobby Madley, the man who took charge of North End’s opening game of the season, will referee Monday's Championship finale.

Madley showed a red card to Ched Evans on that curtain-raising fixture against Wigan Athletic at the end of July, and that’s one of six he’s produced this season.

In total this campaign, Madley has refereed 22 games, showing 93 yellow cards and those six reds.

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