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Match Preview: Cardiff City (H)

24 November 2023

Match Previews

Match Preview: Cardiff City (H)

24 November 2023

Football returns to Deepdale this weekend following the international break as North End look for a third successive victory, with Cardiff City standing in their way.

Match Details

Date: Saturday 25th November, 3pm kick-off
Venue: Deepdale
Competition: Sky Bet Championship
Kit: Home kit

Supporter Information

Tickets for the match will remain on sale right up until kick-off, and these can be bought in person from the ticket office, over the phone on 0344 856 1966, and online.

North End fans can visit The Gentry Bar – decorated ready for Christmas – before and after the match on Saturday, with doors open as normal from 11am, and full timings will be confirmed in the Matchday Information article which will be published on Friday.

Supporters can use the matchday shuttle bus to get to and from the stadium for this fixture, with return tickets costing £6 on-board. Timings are as follows:

Leyland Tesco (Stop A – Car Park) – 1.20pm
The Railway Pub, Leyland – 1.30pm
Ye Olde Hob Inn, Bamber Bridge – 1.35pm
Beam and Brycg Pub, Bamber Bridge – 1.40pm
Arrive at Deepdale, Lowthorpe Road – 2pm

Who’s Available?

Defenders Andrew Hughes and Jack Whatmough could both be available to Ryan Lowe this weekend, after stepping up their returns from injury to play 45 minutes each in an in-house friendly during the week.

Ali McCann and Greg Cunningham won't quite be ready for the weekend, though, but their returns aren't set to be too far away.

The manager still expects striker Emil Riis to come back into the fold within the next few weeks and before the turn of the year.

Opposition Focus

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After finishing just a place above the drop zone last season, Cardiff City have made a bright start to the current campaign under new management in Erol Bulut.

They sit ninth going into the weekend’s round of fixtures, sat in a strong position thanks in large part to a run between August and September which saw them win five of six matches.

The Bluebirds have enjoyed some good away days so far this campaign, with wins coming against Birmingham City, Sunderland, and an emphatic 4-0 victory over Huddersfield Town in October.

A Recent Clash

Goals from Tom Cannon and Ched Evans earned North End a 2-0 victory at Deepdale in March 2023, extending the unbeaten run to six matches.

Follow The Action

Fans around the world can listen to live commentary of this fixture on iFollow PNE, with Jonathan Breeze and Andy Fensome on the mic. Match passes can be bought here, while monthly passes are also available, ahead of a busy period of fixtures.

Supporters overseas will also have the option of watching live. Click here to subscribe.

There will be the usual extensive coverage to follow before, during, and after the match on our social media channels and here on the club website.

Match Officials

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Referee: Robert Madley
Assistant Referees: Craig Taylor and Blake Antrobus
Fourth Official: Oliver Langford

Robert Madley – who officiated PNE’s first and final matches of the 2022/23 season – will take charge of this weekend’s clash at Deepdale.

So far this season, Madley has refereed ten matches, showing 51 yellow cards and three reds.


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