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Match Preview: Ipswich Town (A)

5 October 2023

Preston North End will see in the international break with a long trip to East Anglia to face Ipswich Town.

Match Details

Date: Saturday 7th October, 3pm kick-off
Venue: Portman Road
Competition: Sky Bet Championship
Kit: Third kit

Ticket Information

Tickets will remain on sale from until 3pm on Friday, while sales will continue until 5pm in person from the ticket office and over the phone on 0344 856 1966.

Collections can be made from Deepdale until 6pm on Friday, and any pre-paid and duplicate tickets can also be collected from Portman Road from 1.30pm on matchday from the away ticket office.

There will be no option for supporters to pay on the day.

Who’s Available?

Both Alan Browne and Jordan Storey missed Wednesday night’s defeat to Leicester City through illness, so their health will need to be assessed ahead of Saturday.

Andrew Hughes also didn’t make the matchday squad at the King Power Stadium due to a tight calf, and manager Ryan Lowe was expecting to hear the results of a scan on Thursday.

Everybody else who featured against Leicester is expected to be available for the weekend.

Opposition Focus


You wouldn’t know it’s Ipswich Town’s first season back in the Championship since the 2018/19 campaign, given the start they’ve made which has seen them take 25 points from their opening ten matches.

Kieran McKenna and his side earned plenty of plaudits for their exploits in League One last season, with the Tractor Boys playing an attractive style of football and accumulating 98 points, which remarkably wasn’t enough to win the title.

Having strengthened significantly in the summer, the Portman Road side have made a stunning start to the campaign, and sit in the automatic promotion places at this early stage of the season.

A Recent Clash

Two goals each for Callum Robinson and Lukas Nmecha earned PNE a 4-0 victory over an already-relegated Ipswich Town side in April 2019.

Follow The Action

Fans worldwide can listen to this match live on iFollow PNE with a match, monthly or seasonal pass.

Supporters overseas also have the option to watch the game live on iFollow. Click here to subscribe.

There will also be the usual extensive coverage across social media and here on the club website before, during, and after the game.

Match Officials


Referee: David Webb
Assistant Referees: Rob Smith and Andrew Dallison
Fourth Official: Will Finnie

David Webb – the man in the middle for North End’s season opener at Bristol City – will take charge of Saturday’s fixture.

So far this season, he’s shown 33 yellow cards and one red in eight Sky Bet Championship matches.

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