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Match preview: Preston (A)

31 March 2017

Nottingham Forest visit Preston North End in the Sky Bet Championship clash on Saturday 1 April (kick-off 3pm).

Nottingham Forest make the trip to Deepdale on Saturday looking to build on the last-minute equaliser that heralded a 2-2 draw against East Midlands rivals Derby County last time out. The international break has given Mark Warburton a chance to work with his side and he will be looking for three points to ease any relegation fears. 

Preston have had a great season and are still in with a shout of the play-offs. North End are five points off the top six, sitting in ninth place, and Simon Grayson's side will be looking to build on an impressive run of five wins in the last six outings at home. 

Matt Mills and Eric Lichaj are expected to return from injury for the trip to Lancashire, and Jamie Ward is also available after serving a two-game suspension. The match is likely to come too soon for Jack Hobbs though as he continues his comeback from injury.

Simon Grayson’s injury problems are starting to clear up. Right backs Alex Baptiste and Marnick Vermijl are both fit after overcoming their respective knee and hernia problems. Tyias Browning is about a fortnight away from returning and Calum Woods is close to a full return to training after missing the whole season, but John Welsh is still unavailable. 
Nottingham Forest

Sheffield Wednesday (H) - Lost 2-1
Wigan (A) - Drew 0-0
Brighton (H) - Won 3-0
Brentford (H) - Lost 3-2
Burton (A) - Lost 1-0
Derby (H) - Drew 2-2

Preston North End

Wigan (A) - Drew 0-0
QPR (H) - Won 2-1
Fulham (A) - Lost 3-1
Derby (A) - Drew 1-1
Reading (H) - Won 3-0
Blackburn (A) - Drew 2-2

Aiden McGeady

Irish winger Aiden McGeady has been in scintillating form of late as he leads PNE's charge towards the top six. He struck the late-gasp equaliser against rivals Blackburn last time out and also was in fine form as North End dispatched Reading at Deepdale the week previously as his technical ability and trickery light up the Championship.

The Republic of Ireland international is on loan at North End from Everton having started his career with Celtic. After six years and more than 150 league appearances, he made the bold move to Russia with Spartak Moscow but things didn't go as planned. He moved to Everton in January 2014 and spent the second half of last season on loan at Sheffield Wednesday before becoming one of Simon Grayson's key men this term.

Preston manager Simon Grayson said: "We are down to eight games now and you talk about an eight game season where there is a lot still riding on it for us and a lot of other clubs. 

"It is the business end of the season that everyone talks about. We are looking forward to it, looking to embrace it, and ultimately just see where it takes us. 

"If we get to where we really want to get to then absolutely fantastic, if we drop short, then it's still been a very good season but what we can guarantee for everybody is that we will give it our utmost to try and get to where we want to get to as we keep mentioning."
Tickets are on general sale and are priced as follows:

Adults - £24
Seniors (65 years of age and over) - £16
Young adults (17-21 years of age) - £16
Under 17s - £8
Under 8s - £2

Tickets can be purchased in-person at the ticket office, online at or by calling 0115 982 4388.

Live audio commentary of the game will be available on Forest Player HD from 2pm while there will also be live text commentary available on the Forest Wall and on the club's Twitter page from 2.30pm. Forest Player HD will also have extended match highlights from 12pm on Sunday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp after the game.

To win:

Preston North End - 87/100
Nottingham Forest - 3/1
Draw - 51/20

To score first:

Jermaine Beckford - 41/10
Jordan Hugill - 17/4
Britt Assombalonga - 21/4
Zach Clough - 6/1

Fixtures to be played at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated.

Derby v QPR (Friday, kick-off 7.45pm)
Barnsley v Sheffield Wednesday (kick-off 12.30pm)
Aston Villa v Norwich
Brentford v Bristol City
Brighton v Blackburn
Huddersfield v Burton
Ipswich v Birmingham
Newcastle v Wigan
Rotherham v Fulham
Wolves v Cardiff
Reading v Leeds (kick-off 5.30pm)

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