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Browne starts: The predicted Preston North End XI to face Bournemouth on Wednesday

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Fresh off the back of a victory over Luton Town at Deepdale on Saturday, Preston North End face their toughest test of the Championship season so far as they travel to AFC Bournemouth tomorrow night.

The Lilywhites made it back-to-back home victories when sweeping aside the Hatters at the weekend, with it coming over a week after their last success on their own turf following a win over Coventry City.

Sandwiched in-between those two results were defeats to Liverpool in the EFL Cup and more crushingly a loss to bitter rivals Blackpool, but the result against Nathan Jones’ side was much more like it.

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They are the latest team though to have to make the trip to the south coast to face the Cherries though, with Scott Parker having his side firing on all cylinders and they remain unbeaten after 15 matches.

How will Frankie McAvoy set his team up though at the Vitality Stadium? Let’s take a look…

Unless there are any late knocks in training then it’s hard to see the Scot making any changes from the side that beat Luton.

The performance was a major step up from what fans witnessed against the Seasiders a week prior and maybe McAvoy has now stumbled across his best 11 currently available.

After playing all season at wing-back due to Matt Olosunde’s injury, Sepp van den Berg slotted back in at his natural position of centre-back against his parent club Liverpool last week and looked very comfortable, and he performed well again on Saturday.

That left Tom Barkhuizen with the job of being the wing-back and despite it not being his favoured position he will be expected to remain there once again.

The engine room looks to be well-stocked at Deepdale and in Ali McCann and Ben Whiteman, McAvoy may have his pairing for the rest of the season, but there’s a tough choice to be made on who plays in-front of them.

Daniel Johnson has figured in the ‘number 10’ role for the most part but Alan Browne has slotted in for the last few league matches and it’s not expected that he will lose his place for the clash with the table-toppers.

And up-front there’s no way that Emil Riis will be dropped, especially after a brace against Luton which took his seasonal goal tally to 11 and his strike partner Sean Maguire will be itching to get his first league goal of the season when he inevitably starts alongside the Dane tomorrow evening.


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