Preston North End v QPR Match Preview

Ian Holloway will bring his QPR side to Deepdale on Saturday to take on play-off chasing Preston.

The reverse fixture down at Loftus Road was back in August and it brought North End their first win of the season, a Jermaine Beckford goal followed by a Nedhum Onuoha own goal gave Preston a much needed three points at the time.

Currently, both teams are on a fairly rich vein of form, QPR are coming in to this one off back-to-back wins against Birmingham and Wigan.

Meanwhile, Preston are on a run of just one defeat in ten games, whilst they have only been beaten at home twice in 15 games at Deepdale.

North End midfielder Paul Gallagher is set to be back in contention as he returned to training this week, although Marnick Vermijl has had a hernia operation and is set to be out for around a month.

Loanee full-back Alex Baptiste is edging closer to a return to the side, but Tyias Browning will prove fierce competition for the right-back position.

Ian Holloway will give his players as long as possible to prove their fitness after both Grant Hall and Conor Washington picked up knocks during the midweek win against Wigan.

Left-back Jack Robinson is almost ready for a comeback from his hamstring problem, the 23-year-old came through an U23 game unscathed during the week and will be hoping to give former Blackpool boss some selection headaches as the end of the season approaches.

The match official for this one will be David Coote, he took charge of Preston’s game at home to Derby in September.

So far this season, he has awarded 107 yellow cards, and five reds.


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