With another transfer window now shut, this weekend’s Championship action kicks off at Deepdale as Preston North End meet Derby County.
With just ten points separating these sides and Preston amongst 12 teams searching for that last play-off spot, victory here will be massive in the play-off race picture for both teams.
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Preston could have captain, Tom Clarke available for this clash after missing their last two matches with a calf injury.
Strikers, Louis Moult and Callum Robinson are sidelined with hamstring injuries whilst Billy Bodin remains absent with a anterior cruciate ligament injury alongside midfielder, Josh Harrop who has the same injury
Derby are without right-back, Jayden Bogle who is suspended following his red card against Accrington Stanley in FA Cup. Andre Wisdom could therefore replace him after missing recent games with a groin injury.
Mason Mount is again sidelined with a hamstring injury whilst Jack Marriot (illness) faces a late fitness test.
Scott Carson is available after recovering from a knee injury whilst Tom Lawrence and Craig Bryson could make team sheet, following respective hamstring and ankle injuries.
Preston come into this game unbeaten in last three matches with Alan Browne netting in last two outings.
At home, the Lilywhites have lost just one of their last five but drew three of those games 1-1.
Derby meanwhile have been inconsistent in the league taking two wins and losses plus a draw from their last five games.
Away from Pride Park, the Rams have lost three of their last five, winning on the other two occasions.
- Preston are winless in last 11 meetings with Derby and both draws since their return to Championship in 2015 came at Pride Park (W3, L8).
- Derby have won last two meetings at Deepdale by a 1-0 result with both goals coming in second half.
- Harry Wilson has scored in three of Derby’s last five away games.
Preston are starting to find some form which is concerning for Derby who appear slightly distracted by their FA Cup run.
Add in the fact that this game is less than 24 hours after transfer window shut then I can see a drab draw here.
Prediction: Preston North End 1-1 Derby County
Result: Preston North End 0-0 Derby County