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Match Preview: Southampton (H)

24 October 2023

Southampton are the next visitors to Deepdale on Wednesday evening to face Preston North End in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

Match Details

Date: Wednesday 25th October, 7.45pm kick-off
Venue: Deepdale
Competition: Sky Bet Championship
Kit: Home kit

Supporter Information

Fans can buy tickets for this fixture right up until kick-off from the ticket office at Deepdale, while they are also available online and over the phone on 0344 856 1966.

The Gentry Bar will be open as normal before the game. Full timings will be confirmed in the Matchday Information article which will be published ahead of Wednesday night.

This fixture is the club’s dedicated Rainbow Laces matchday, in support of the Stonewall campaign for LGBTQ+ inclusion in sport. Find out more here.

Supporters can get to Deepdale by using the club’s matchday shuttle bus, which costs £6 for a return journey, with tickets available on board. Full timings can be found below:

Leyland Tesco (Stop A – Car Park) – 6pm
The Railway, Leyland – 6.10pm
Ye Olde Hob Inn, Bamber Bridge – 6.15pm
Beam and Brycg Pub, Bamber Bridge – 6.20pm
Arrive at Deepdale, Lowthorpe Road – 6.40pm

Who’s Available?

Ryan Lowe will be able to call upon the same squad which took a point at home to Millwall at the weekend.

Ched Evans made his long-awaited return to action from the bench in that fixture after seven months out.

The three players away recently on international duty – Alan Browne, Liam Millar and Milutin Osmajić – weren’t risked from the start against the Lions but they'll be pushing to be in the XI on Wednesday night.

Andrew Hughes, who the manager was hoping would be back for this one, won't be available due to injury, but he might make the weekend's trip to Hull.

Opposition Focus


Following relegation from the Premier League last season, it’s been an up-and-down start to life back in the Championship for Southampton.

Under new management in former Swansea City boss Russell Martin, the Saints started the season well but then suffered four successive defeats, conceding 11 goals in those matches.

Since then, though, they seem to have turned a corner, taking ten points from their last four, and they’ll be hoping to continue that form as they look to make an instant return to the top flight.

Follow The Action

Supporters around the world can watch the match live on iFollow PNE, with £10 video match passes available to buy here.

The fixture will also be shown live on Sky Sports Arena, while live commentary is also available on iFollow from Jonathan Breeze and Andy Fensome.

You can also follow extensive coverage across the club’s social media channels or right here on the website.

Match Officials


Referee: Jeremy Simpson
Assistant Referee: Rob Smith and Mark Pottage
Fourth Official: David Webb

Jeremy Simpson, who refereed North End's 1-0 victory away at Sheffield Wednesday earlier this season, will take charge on Wednesday night.

In total so far this campaign, he's refereed nine matches, showing 29 yellow cards and one red.

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