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Home debut for new signing: The Preston North End XI Neil could name to face Charlton



Preston North End will look to bring a six-game winless run to an end on Saturday afternoon, when they host Charlton Athletic at Deepdale.

Last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Blackburn has left Alex Neil’s side tenth in the Championship table, three points adrift of the play-off places, meaning a win this weekend will put them right back into contention for a top-six spot.

Despite a promising start to the campaign following promotion last season, Charlton have started to slide down the second-tier standings in recent months, after winning just one of their last 15 league games.

This therefore, could be a good opportunity for Preston to pick up that long-awaited win, and here, we take a look at the starting lineup Neil could name to give his side the best chance of doing that.

Having spoken about wanting to maintain the momentum they picked up by ending a run of three straight defeats with that point at Ewood Park, we imagine Neil will stick with a fairly similar starting XI to the one that started at Blackburn on Saturday in order to do that.

In goal, first-choice Declan Rudd will surely continue having made some match-saving stops in that draw at Ewood Park last time out.

Ahead of Rudd, with Andrew Hughes rated to be touch and go ahead of the clash with Charlton, Joe Rafferty could continue in an unchanged that defence that frustrated Blackburn in that draw at Ewood Park.

One change that could come in the midfield, could see January signing Scott Sinclair handed his home debut, following his first appearance for the club from the bench last weekend.

The former Celtic man now has another week of training under his belt in his bid to get up to match fitness, and could add some useful creativity in the final third.

Sinclair’s introduction could see Alan Browne drop back to a deeper role alongside Ben Pearson to accommodate the 30-year-old.

If that happens, it could be Paul Gallagher who is the one to drop out, with Josh Harrop’s stunning equaliser and Sean Maguire’s impressive, defence-troubling performance at Ewood Park likely to cement their place in the lineup for now.

Tom Barkhuizen’s pace and finishing ability meanwhile, could make him something of a useful foil for Sinclair on the opposite side of the pitch, with top scorer Daniel Johnson not set to be rushed back to action from injury.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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