AFC Bournemouth have the chance to further cement their play-off push but also keep the pressure on the automatic places when they face Preston North End on Saturday.
The Cherries have won their last two games on the bounce over Watford and Bristol City with a late winner from on-loan defender Cameron Carter-Vickers giving them a vital three points against the Robins on Wednesday night.
Jonathan Woodgate’s men travel to Deepdale to face a Preston side that have just once at home since the turn of the year and their recent form has seen them slip to 14th in the Championship table.
The Lilywhites have lost five of their last eight matches which their latest defeat coming at the hands of Millwall on Tuesday night. Despite going in front through a strike from Ched Evans, the Lions ran out 2-1 winners with Mason Bennett bagging the winner from four minutes remaining.
Preston beat Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium earlier in the season. Alex Neil’s men raced into a 3-0 goal lead through Tom Barkhuizen, Scott Sinclair and Patrick Bauer and despite a late fightback from the Dorset club, the Lancashire outfit held on for the win.
Sky Sports EFL pundit David Prutton has predicted a tight affair but thinks Woodgate’s side will edge the game 1-0.
Woodgate has overseen five wins since taking charge of Bournemouth at the beginning of February, including knocking Premier League Burnley out of the FA Cup.
The Cherries have won three of their last five matches, including back-to-back victories in their last two, but the win over Bristol City in midweek was their first away from home in the league since January.
Preston have been out-of-sorts of late and their current home form is poor but they still have enough quality in their squad to trouble Bournemouth. We think it will finish a draw.