It’s derby day in Lancashire this weekend as Preston travel to Ewood Park to face Blackburn.
Rovers have had a change in manager recently, new man Tony Mowbray has had a bright start to his reign at the helm with a run of six games unbeaten which has lifted them outside of the bottom three, but only just.
Meanwhile, the visitors will be looking to build on last week’s impressive 3-0 win over Reading and bolster their play-off hopes as they target another three points in East Lancashire.
Simon Grayson’s side were victorious at Ewood Park last season for the first time since 1978 after a Jordan Hugill volley gave them a 2-1 win before they also came out on top in the reverse fixture this season in December as Callum Robinson scored late on to give Preston a 3-2 win.
Sam Gallagher is hoping to return after a hamstring problem that has kept him out of the last two fixtures, same with defender Charlie Mulgrew.
Lucas Joao is pushing to be given a starting spot after scoring three goals in the last two games coming off the bench.
Both Adam Henley and Cory Evans are on the road to recovery after they both came through an U23 game against Middlesbrough in midweek, but this one may be a little too soon for them.
Preston’s right-back crisis may finally be starting to ease after Alex Baptiste and Marnick Vermijl have both returned to full training, but whether this weekend’s clash comes too quickly for them is yet to be decided.
Paul Gallagher’s situation is to be ‘monitored’ after he missed last week’s home win, but John Welsh, Calum Woods and Tyias Browning all remain on the treatment table.