Preston North End can jump into the top half should they beat Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich Town side, who are sitting in sixth place in the Sky Bet Championship.
With Daryl Murphy out injured, Ipswich have their main attacking threat out injured, so most of the scoring duties will rest upon former West Ham United and Colchester United striker Freddie Sears.
After his last gasp winner in Ipswich’s last game, Brett Pitman could feature alongside Sears, should McCarthy choose to stick with his favoured 4-4-2.
Preston meanwhile will be looking to push themselves even further away from the dreaded drop zone with an unexpected win at Portman Road.
With the Lilywhites now 13 points clear of 22nd placed Bristol City, relegation is looking increasingly unlikely, and that further emphasises the brilliant job Simon Grayson is doing at Deepdale.
FootballLeagueWorld writer Harry Smith identifies three things to look out for in this afternoon’s encounter…
1) Preston’s front two
Eoin Doyle and Joe Garner have struck up an effective partnership up top for Preston, and they could provide Ipswich with a real threat to deal with in this game.
After top scoring for the Lilywhites in their last campaign in League One, Garner has struggled to adapt to life back in the Championship, but is looking increasingly potent each week, and could be key this afternoon.
2) Ryan Fraser
Whilst performances have been solid this year, they haven’t been spectacular.
The Scotsman will be disappointed that he hasn’t put in the sorts of performances he was showing week in week out for Bournemouth last season.
All it could take is a double in this game, and he could hit top form once more and, when Fraser hits top form, he can be unstoppable on the wing.
3) Preston’s resilience
If they score early, and go a couple of goals ahead, Grayson’s favoured back five would be put under considerable pressure by an Ipswich side who are quite successful after falling behind.
They must be resilient and hold out for the win, because wins against teams like Ipswich are the sort than can keep a team up.
Ipswich and Preston fans… what do you think the score will be? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!