Preston North End face what could be a huge game in the context of their season tonight, as they look to get their push for promotion to the Premier League back on track.
After back to back defeats on the road to Derby County and Hull City, Alex Neil’s side will be desperate to extend their unbeaten home league record at Deepdale this season, with a win putting them back to within five points of the Championship’s top two.
That however, is unlikely to be an easy task for North End, as they host a West Brom side who know that a win – which would be their fifth in a row – will see them leapfrog Leeds back to the top of the Championship table.
Ahead of that game, Neil has named a side that shows four changes from the side that was thrashed 4-0 at the KCOM Stadium on Sunday, with Alan Browne, Jayden Stockley, Paul Huntington and Brad Potts coming in to replace Patrick Bauer, Ryan Ledson, Billy Bodin and Paul Gallagher, meaning Preston go into the game without either of their first-choice centre backs this season: Bauer and Ben Davies.
That is something that appears to have generated a great deal of concern amongst the club’s fans, and taking to Twitter to react to that lineup, a number had already written off their side’s chances given the opposition they are set to face.
Here, we take a look at what some of those Preston fans had to say about that lineup.
Okay so real lineup please
— Jordan Philipson (@JPPNE98) December 2, 2019
With Potts and maguire playing we’ve already lost 🤦♂️
— Marcus Leech (@MarcusLeech23) December 2, 2019
No Bauer or Davies 😓
— Ben HD (@PNEBenHD) December 2, 2019
Fisher bauer and Davies all injured 🙈
— Gareth Livesey (@GarethLivesey95) December 2, 2019
What a game to lose 3 of your starting back 4 😖
— Adam Luke Jackson (@AdamJackson1991) December 2, 2019
Make do and mend time just when we don’t need it! #pnefc 🙏🏻
— gordon jackson (@baxiboy0406) December 2, 2019
All 4 main defenders out injured… This is bringing back serious flashbacks from last year. All of a sudden we are in a serious injury crisis… AGAIN.
— Anthony (@apnefc7) December 2, 2019
6-0 loss inbound
— lewis westwell (@WestyPnefc) December 2, 2019