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Preston boss Alex Neil sends warning to Sheffield Wednesday ahead of Championship clash at Deepdale

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Preston North End manager Alex Neil has insisted that his side do not fear any team in the Championship, ahead of the clash with Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend.

The Lilywhites picked up their second victory of the Championship season with a 3-1 win at Stoke City last night and will be looking for back-to-back wins against Sheffield Wednesday at Deepdale on Saturday.

Sheffield Wednesday have made a strong start to the season under caretaker boss Lee Bullen, winning three of their opening four matches.

The Owls are currently fourth in the Championship table on goal difference, just one point behind the leaders and bounced back from their defeat at Millwall last weekend with a 1-0 win over Luton Town at Hillsborough on Tuesday night.

Championship Picks

Preston boss Neil has been speaking to the media ahead of the clash at Deepdale on Saturday and admitted that he went to watch their opponents in action against Luton this week.

Neil is well aware of the attacking threat that Sheffield Wednesday pose, but has insisted that his side do not fear any side in the Championship.

“They have got good players, I went to see them against Luton. They are always a threat, they have that quality to create something out of nothing,” Neil said at his press conference.

“They are not short of talent but we don’t fear anyone in this division.”

Preston are currently tenth in the Championship table on goal difference, but have the chance to move level on points with Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend.

The Verdict

Neil is spot on. Sheffield Wednesday are a good side and they’ve got some very talented attacking players.

I think it’s fair to say that the Owls have surprised a few people with the start they’ve made to the new season, given that Steve Bruce left the club so close to the start of the campaign.

However, Preston are also a good side and have made a decent start to the season themselves.

Neil is absolutely right to have confidence in his team – you have to if you want to win matches at this level and I wouldn’t expect him to say anything different.

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