North West Football Preview: Preston North End, Blackpool and Bolton Wanderers all in midweek action

Ryan Lowe’s Preston North End will be looking to return to winning ways as they come up against play-off chasing Nottingham Forest at Deepdale on Tuesday evening.

Ryan Lowe’s side, who were unbeaten in their last five Championship matches – prior to defeat against Reading – sit 12th in the table on 45 points, just five shy off the play-off positions and two behind tomorrow’s visitors.

Nottingham Forest’s game against Bournemouth was postponed on Friday, due to safety concerns at the Vitality Stadium- which was down to Storm Eunice that caused havoc up and down the country.

Steve Cooper’s side’s last match came against Stoke City on 12 February, which resulted in a 2-2 draw at the City Ground, and the result meant that Forest have won three of their last five fixtures across all competitions (W: 3 D: 1 and L: 1).

Forest occupy ninth position in the standings on 47 points, just three shy of Sheffield United, who are in the final play-off place, ahead of tomorrow’s hosts by only two points.

On Wednesday, Blackpool travel to the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium as they take on QPR.

The Tangerines come into the encounter on the back of a 1-1 draw against Cardiff City, while Mark Warburton’s side drew 1-1 against Hull City.

QPR are winless in their previous five matches (W: 0 D: 2 and L: 3) and have dropped to fourth in the Championship, five behind second-placed Bournemouth.

Neil Critchley’s Blackpool have won just one of their last five games, their last win coming against Bristol City on 5 February and the visitors sit 15th in the table on 42 points – 11 behind tomorrows hosts.

In League One, Bolton Wanderers will be hoping to make it six consecutive wins on home soil as they take on Lincoln City at the University of Bolton Stadium tomorrow.

Ian Evatt’s side come into this clash following a 4-0 home win against struggling, AFC Wimbledon, a result that means Wanderers have won three of their last five league matches.

They are 10th on 48 points, seven shy of the play-off places and 13 clear of tomorrow’s opponents.

Michael Appleton’s Imps lost 1-0 at Doncaster Rovers, a defeat which sees Lincoln City remain 17th in the table – just five points ahead of fourth-bottom Morecambe. However, Lincoln have two games in hand of the sides above them.

Fleetwood Town’s home game tomorrow against Sheffield Wednesday has been postponed due to storm damage at Highbury, which occurred overnight. This is the Cod Army’s second game to be called off in the space of two days, after their clash with Lincoln was called off due to persistent snowfall on the Fylde Coast on Saturday.