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Match Preview: Watford (A)

4 April 2024

Match Previews

Match Preview: Watford (A)

4 April 2024

Preston North End will be marking the annual Gentry Day tradition with a trip to Vicarage Road to take on Watford this weekend.

Match Details

Date: Saturday 6th April, 3pm kick-off
Venue: Vicarage Road
Competition: Sky Bet Championship
Kit: Home kit

Supporter Information

There are now very few tickets left on sale for this fixture, available to buy in person from the ticket office and over the phone on 0344 856 1966 until 5pm on Friday.

Fans who haven’t collected prior to matchday can do so on the day from the Away Supporters Office, which is located adjacent to the away turnstiles at Vicarage Road. Please note, photo ID will be required when collecting.

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?


Skipper Alan Browne will be assessed ahead of Saturday, having missed the Birmingham City clash through illness, and manager Ryan Lowe said the midfielder has also been suffering with tight calves.

Liam Millar has a slight groin issue so he may also be touch and go for the trip to Vicarage Road, while Ryan Ledson will definitely be unavailable. It’s hoped he’ll be back for next weekend’s game against Norwich City.

Ched Evans is back on the grass but this game will come too soon, while Ben Whiteman and Brad Potts remain sidelined.

Opposition Focus


Following a run of form which led to the departure of Valérien Ismaël, former Watford midfielder Tom Cleverley has taken the interim reins at Vicarage Road and has picked up an impressive run of results.

Since winning 1-0 away to Birmingham City in mid-March, the Hornets have drawn 2-2 against promotion-pushing Leeds United and West Brom.

They’ll be hoping their turn of form continues for the remainder of the season, before a decision is made on the next permanent boss.

A Recent Clash

North End claimed a 15th clean sheet of the 2022/23 campaign on the last visit to Vicarage Road, back in March 2023.

Follow The Action

Supporters around the world can listen to live commentary of this fixture, with Guy Clarke and Paul Sparrow on the mic. Match and monthly passes are available to buy here.

Fans outside of the UK and Ireland will also be able to watch the game on iFollow, with £10 match passes on sale.

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

Match Officials


Referee: James Bell
Assistant Referees: Ian Cooper and Matthew Smith
Fourth Official: David Rock

James Bell will referee North End for only the second time in his career on Saturday, having previously taken charge of a 1-0 home defeat to Birmingham City in September 2022.

In the 23 games he’s refereed so far this campaign, Bell has shown 99 yellow cards and five reds.

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