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The Championship fixture at Deepdale on Saturday will see home side Preston North End playing against opponents Cardiff City.
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Preston North End
Preston North End, buoyed by their previous result, will be hoping for more of the same after the 1-2 Championship triumph versus Blackburn Rovers.
In that match, Preston North End managed 39% possession and 9 shots on goal with 4 of them on target. For Preston North End, the goalscorers were Alan Browne (35') and Liam Lindsay (90'). For their opponents, Blackburn Rovers had 22 attempts at goal with 5 of them on target. Sammie Szmodics (49') scored for Blackburn Rovers.
Matches with Preston North End have usually been lively ones recently with a lot of goalmouth action expected. Over their past 6 games, the sum total of 21 goals have been scored for both teams combined (at an average of 3.5 goals per game) with 10 of them coming from Preston North End. Historical results aside, we’ll just have to find out if that trend shall be maintained in this upcoming match or not.
Analysis of their past results shows that Preston North End:
- haven't been beaten in the league by Cardiff City in their last 3 matches.
- are undefeated in their last 3 home league matches.
Since a loss in their previous game against Norwich City in Championship competition, Cardiff City and their travelling fans will hope for a better result here.
In that game, Cardiff City managed 46% possession and 13 shots at goal with 6 on target. For Cardiff City, the goals were scored by Josh Bowler (39'), Callum Robinson (43') and Ryan Wintle (82' Own goal). Norwich City got 20 shots on goal with 8 on target. Christian Fassnacht (22') and Adam Idah (84') scored for Norwich City.
Erol Bulut's Cardiff City have found the back of the net 9 times throughout their most recent sextet of matches. The number of goals that have been scored against them during those same matches adds up to 5.
Going into this one, Cardiff City haven't been defeated in their previous 2 league matches away from home.
Head to head
A glance at their most recent head-to-head clashes stretching back to 20/02/2021 tells us that Preston North End have won 1 of them and Cardiff City 3, with the number of draws standing at 2.
An aggregate of 12 goals were scored between the two sides during those clashes, with 4 for The Lilywhites and 8 created by The Bluebirds. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.
The previous league clash between the two was Championship match day 36 on 11/03/2023 when the final score was Preston North End 2-0 Cardiff City.
On that day, Preston North End managed 51% possession and 12 attempts at goal with 5 of them on target. The goalscorers were Tom Cannon (68') and Ched Evans (94').
Cardiff City got 13 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target.
The referee was David Webb.
Team News: Preston North End
There’s just the lone fitness concern for the Preston North End boss Ryan Lowe to contend with due to a largely intact set of players. Ched Evans (unknown injury) is sidelined.
It seems likely that The Lilywhites look set to opt for a 3-4-3 system, utilising Freddie Woodman, Jordan Storey, Liam Lindsay, Kian Best, Brad Potts, Ben Whiteman, Alan Browne, Robert Brady, Duane Holmes, Milutin Osmajic and Will Keane.
Team News: Cardiff City
We reckon that The Bluebirds could decide to begin the game with a 4-2-3-1 system, settling for Jak Alnwick, Mahlon Romeo, Mark McGuinness, Dimitrios Goutas, Jamilu Collins, Manolis Siopis, Joe Ralls, Josh Bowler, Callum Robinson, Karlan Grant and Iké Ugbo.
We’re thinking that Cardiff City have the capability to find the back of the net against this Preston North End team, but that may not be as many as the goals that they could concede.
We’re expecting both teams to score in a 2-1 win for Preston North End when the full-time whistle blows. It should be a decent one.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Preston North End
Stadium: Deepdale (23,408)
Captain: Alan Browne
Chairman: Craig Hemmings
Manager: Ryan Lowe
Competitions: Championship position 5
⭐ Star Player: Will Keane
Customarily playing in the Striker position, Will Keane was born in Stockport, England. Having played his first senior match for Manchester United in the 2011 - 2012 season, the goalscoring Forward has struck 4 league goals in the Championship 2023 - 2024 campaign so far in a total of 13 appearances.