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Match Preview: Birmingham City (H)

19 September 2023

Match Previews

Match Preview: Birmingham City (H)

19 September 2023

Sky Bet Championship table toppers Preston North End play the second part of a Deepdale double-header on Tuesday night as Birmingham City make the journey to Lancashire.

Match Details

Date: Tuesday 19th September, 7.45pm kick-off
Venue: Deepdale
Competition: Sky Bet Championship
Kit: Home kit – available to buy in-store and online!

Supporter Information

Tickets for this fixture will remain on sale up until kick-off in person from the ticket office at Deepdale, while you can also buy over the phone on 0344 856 1966 and online from

Before and after the match, PNE fans can visit The Gentry Bar for drinks and entertainment. Full timings and offerings will be confirmed in the Matchday Information article.

The matchday shuttle bus service will be available for fans to use, with return tickets costing £6 and timings as follows:

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?


After ending his PNE debut – which featured a stunning solo goal – with cramp, Liam Millar will be hoping to be fit and available for this fixture, as will Andrew Hughes who was substituted in the second half.

Ben Whiteman and Robbie Brady, who have both been missing through injury in recent weeks, were given their first minutes of the season in the victory over Plymouth Argyle, and will again be in contention.

Will Keane remains a doubt, while Ched Evans, Emil Riis and Calvin Ramsay will all be unavailable.

Opposition Focus


After making a fantastic start to the Sky Bet Championship campaign, with ten points from their opening four fixtures, Birmingham City go into Tuesday without a victory in three games.

Blues – led by head coach John Eustace – finished 17th last season, but with new owners and a high-profile investor in Tom Brady, there is much more of a buzz around St Andrew’s this term.

New addition Jay Stansfield has settled straight into life with his new side, while fellow summer signings Keshi Anderson and Oliver Burke also offer a threat at the top end of the pitch.

A Recent Clash

North End won the previous meeting between these two sides, as goals from Alan Browne and Ryan Ledson led them to victory at St Andrew’s in January 2023.

Follow The Action

Supporters worldwide can watch this match live on iFollow with a £10 match pass, which you can purchase here. The game is also being shown live on Sky Sports Arena.

Live commentary is also available on iFollow, with Guy Clarke and PNE legend Tom Clarke behind the mic. Click here to buy a match or monthly pass.

You can also follow all the action across our social media channels and here on the club website.

Match Officials


Referee: Dean Whitestone
Assistant Referees: Daniel Leach and Jonathan Hunt
Fourth Official: Robert Madley

On Tuesday night, Dean Whitestone will referee his first PNE match since the 3-2 victory away from home against Norwich City last October.

So far this season, Whitestone has shown 21 yellow cards and one red in six matches.

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