By: Alex McNulty
Cardiff City are the visitors to Deepdale on Sunday as North End look to make it back to back wins.
The Lilywhites were victorious last time out after they came from 2-0 down to win 4-2 at Brentford, to secure their first win of the league season.
Preston haven’t had the best of starts to the Championship season, and looked on course for much of the Brentford game to extend their winless run.
But a stunning 18-minute second half comeback prevented them from going four games without a win.
Manager Alex Neil said the comeback was the best since he has been at the club.
He said: “At half time, I didn’t need to repair anything we just needed to be better.
“I thought we deserved our win and took the game to them.”
Preston have lost all their home league games so far this season, while also failing to score.
Cardiff City meanwhile drew 0-0 away at top scorers Blackburn Rovers, to take them level on points with Preston.
They themselves have had a mixed start to the season, collecting four points from their opening four games, much like North End.
The Bluebirds, however, have been impressive on the road with all their points coming on their travels.
They will be hopeful of another impressive away display at Deepdale.
The Lilywhites will welcome back key midfielder Daniel Johnson who has been absent with a groin injury.
The international break has given the former Aston Villa man the extra recovery time and now looks set to return this weekend.
However, Preston are likely to be without Alan Browne who is self-isolating following a Coronavirus outbreak in the Republic of Ireland squad.
Browne was identified as being one of the ones in close contact, but has tested negative for the virus so could be selected upon medical advice.
Cardiff also suffered from the international break.
Wales international Kieffer Moore limped off in their friendly against England and is a doubt for the game at Deepdale.
The Bluebirds will be hopeful that Moore will be available with him being their main goal threat and integral to how Cardiff play.
One blues player that definitely will be missing out is midfielder Lee Tomlin, who will be suspended.