Match Preview: Huddersfield Town v Preston North End

PNE aiming to close gap on play-off spots

After Wednesday’s impressive 2-0 away win at QPR, Preston will be looking to finally build some much-needed momentum after their average start to the season which has seen them win just two of the opening six fixtures of the new campaign.

Opponents Huddersfield has enjoyed a much more consistent start to the new campaign as they go into the game unbeaten in their last four games, a respectable record of three wins and one draw.

North End will be hopeful of a result travelling to the Kirklees Stadium, outscoring The Hatters this season but shipping more goals in the process.

The Lilywhites can close the gap on the play-off places and leapfrog Huddersfield who sits 9th with a win on Saturday, making this game a big one despite being so early in the season.

The Lilywhites remain unbeaten in their last four away days in all competitions, scoring plenty of goals along the way, which could mean we are in for a goal-fest come 3 PM on Saturday.

Another positive stat for the North End faithful will be that in the previous five occasions the sides have met, Preston has come out on the winning side three times out of five, with the last meeting ending in a goalless draw.

The meetings between the two teams seem to get feisty, the last encounter at Deepdale produced six yellow cards shared evenly for both sides, this was also the case when the sides met back in 2017 with yet again six cards being shown by the referee.

Cards could be in the offing again as each of Huddersfield’s last three home league games have seen four or more yellow cards. Despite the flurry of yellow cards, a red card has not been shown in this fixture in the past 10 years.

Will not play: The home side will be without youngster Rarmani Edmonds-Green who is yet to feature this season, alongside experienced defender Tommy Elphick and forward Danny Ward who also misses the game through injury.

Will not play: North End will also be missing three players through injury this Saturday as defenders Josh Earl and Darnell fisher miss out, 28-year-old Louis Moult also misses the game thorough injury while Ben Pearson remains a doubt for The Lilywhites.

Ones to watch: With Huddersfield’s goals being shared equally among the squad this season that is not always a bad thing with the whole squad chipping in. One man who has netted for them this season and continues to look threatening is midfielder Juninho Bacuna, the Dutch dangerman could cause North End problems come Saturday.  

Ones to watch: PNE forward Scott Sinclair has been in scintillating form this season so far scoring four goals in the opening six rounds of fixtures and will be looking to build on his good start to the season so far.