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Match Preview: Southampton (A)

15 April 2024

Match Previews

Match Preview: Southampton (A)

15 April 2024

Preston North End will make the long journey to Southampton again on Tuesday, following the postponement of the fixture last month.

Match Details

Date: Tuesday 16th April, 8pm kick-off
Venue: St Mary’s Stadium
Competition: Sky Bet Championship
Kit: Third kit

Supporter Information

Tickets for this fixture will remain on sale until 9.30am on the day of the game in person from the ticket office, over the phone on 0344 856 1966, and online.

Fans can also buy on the night from Ticket Office 3, with only physical card payments accepted, and collections can also be made here. No payments via cash or Apple Pay will be accepted.

There is also free official club coach travel, courtesy of Sky Bet, available for this fixture, however availability is now limited from both Deepdale and Leyland.

Supporters are reminded that the club has a zero-tolerance policy towards behaviours such as abuse, discrimination, anti-social behaviour, pyrotechnics, and pitch encroachment, and each of these can result in serious sanctions.

Who’s Available?


Ryan Lowe confirmed after the Norwich City fixture that midfielder Ali McCann will likely miss the remainder of the season with a thigh strain.

North End were, however, boosted at the weekend by the return of Alan Browne and Ryan Ledson, while Ched Evans got his first minutes since January.

Ben Whiteman, Brad Potts and Liam Millar are all likely to miss out.

Opposition Focus


With at least one game in hand on the three teams above them in the table, fourth-placed Southampton have an opportunity to close the gap – which currently stands at seven points – to the top two.

A few games ago, it may have looked like Saints would have to settle for a Play-Off spot, but some surprising results across the board have made the top two more possible, especially considering they’ve still got to face Leicester City and Leeds United.

Under Russell Martin, Southampton have spent almost the entirety of the campaign towards the top of the table, helped by their remarkable 22-match unbeaten league run between September and February.

A Recent Clash

PNE put in a top performance in October against Southampton but were held to a 2-2 draw after a last-minute equaliser.

Follow The Action

This fixture will be shown live on Sky Sports, meaning the game will be unavailable to watch live on iFollow in the majority of regions worldwide.

Live commentary will be available as usual, with Guy Clarke and Paul Sparrow on the mic. Match and monthly passes are on sale here.

Extensive coverage can also be followed across the club’s social media channels and here on the website.

Match Officials


Referee: Sam Barrott
Assistant Referees: Daniel Leach and Mark Russell
Fourth Official: Gavin Ward

Sam Barrott will referee Tuesday night’s game, which will be his second North End fixture of the season, following the 2-0 home victory over Bristol City in January.

Barrott has taken charge of 38 games in total so far this campaign, with 15 of those coming in the Premier League. He’s shown 119 yellow cards and three reds so far.

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