Preston North End travel to Stoke City tonight looking to maintain their recent momentum and build on the 2-1 win they secured at Lancashire rivals Wigan Athletic last weekend.
The Lilywhites’ victory against Wigan on Saturday saw them extend their recent positive run of form to five Championship matches unbeaten, and Alex Neil’s side will be looking to maintain that momentum by securing all three points against Stoke, which would cement their place in the play-off places.
Neil’s side managed to come through their game against Wigan at the weekend with no real fresh injury concerns, meaning that Preston should be able to select a similar staring line-up to the one that managed to secure all thee points against the Latics on Saturday.
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That means that Andrew Hughes could once again start down the left-hand side of their defence, with the defender having come through the opening 72 minutes of the match against Wigan, without suffering any injury set-backs, before he was rested for the final stages on his return from an injury lay-off – as per the Lancashire Evening Post.
Paul Gallagher could also make a return to action against Stoke, with the experienced midfielder having returned to fitness and he made the bench for Preston’s win at Wigan on Saturday, after missing the previous three matches for the Lilywhites through injury.
Ahead of the game against Stoke, Preston have been given a boost by Louis Moult having made a return to light training, as he looks to step up his rehabilitation from the anterior cruciate ligament injury he suffered during a 3-2 defeat at Swansea City back in August.
Neil’s side will still remain without Billy Bodin, who continues to be out of action with an Achilles problem which has forced him to miss the last few weeks, and Preston will be hopeful the forward can return to first team involvement as soon as possible.
Preston also remain without midfielder Tom Bayliss, but other than that Neil’s side are at full strength for their trip to Stoke, and the Lilywhites will be needing their players to continue putting in solid performances considering the Potters are also in good form heading into the fixture.