Preston North End host Hull City at Deepdale on Saturday with the Lilywhites aiming to get off to a strong start to the campaign against their newly-promoted opponents.
Frankie McAvoy will get the chance to lead Preston as their permanent manager this season and the pressure will therefore be on him to get the Lilywhites off to a positive start to the campaign against Hull.
That comes after he managed to guide the club to four successive wins to finish the 2020/21 season in fine style and ensure they finished just adrift of the top half of the table.
During the off-season Preston have seen the likes of fringe players Jayden Stockley, David Nugent, Billy Bodin, Graham Burke, and Louis Moult depart the club on permanent transfers and that has freed up some wages for them to make other additions to their squad ahead of the new campaign.
The Lilywhites have not conducted a huge amount of transfers this summer but they have been able to secure fresh moves for the likes of Liam Lindsay, Sepp van den Berg and now Daniel Iversen.
While they have also managed to further strengthen the squad with the arrivals of Izzy Brown and Matthew Olosunde following their departures from Chelsea and Rotherham United respectively.
In terms of team news heading into the game Preston are on the whole looking in strong shape for their opening game of the campaign against Hull City.
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Speaking to Lancashire Live ahead of the game McAvoy indicated that there are only a couple of injury concerns for the Lilywhites heading into the match.
New summer signing Olosunde is set to miss out on the game against Hull with the right-back having only managed to play 45 minutes for Preston during their pre-season schedule. That comes after he suffered a knock to his Achilles during a pre-season training camp up in Scotland.
However, McAvoy has told Lancashire Live that the injury to the defender is not too serious and that he will only likely to be sidelined for a couple of weeks so that they can keep an eye on the issue.
McAvoy also relayed positive news on midfielder Daniel Johnson and revealed that he is ready to go for the opening game against Hull and that means he will have a strong group of options to choose from in the middle of the park.
The one major absentee for Preston that will be out for the long haul is Brown with the attacking midfielder having suffered a serious ruptured Achilles injury during training that will rule him out for a prolonged period.