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Match preview: Preston vs Forest in association with Football Index

10 July 2020

Check out all you need to know ahead of Nottingham Forest's trip to face Preston North End on Saturday in the match preview, in association with Football Index.

Nottingham Forest will be looking to get back to winning ways when they take on Preston North End at Deepdale on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Club News

Watch live on iFollow Forest: Preston North End vs Nottingham Forest

9 July 2020

The Reds suffered a disappointing home defeat against Fulham in midweek and will hope to make amends when they face another of their play-off rivals.

Preston sit just outside the top six and gave their play-off ambitions a boost on Wednesday evening with an important victory to boost their confidence ahead of the clash with The Reds.

Team news

Sabri Lamouchi has confirmed that there is a doubt over the fitness of Joe Lolley ahead of Saturday's game.

Click here to check out the team news in full for both teams. 

Forest thoughts

Head to head

  Forest wins Draws Preston wins
League 28 27 40
FA Cup 4 3 2
Total 32 30 42

Last time out

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From the opposition

Preston manager Alex Neil is well aware of the threats posed by Nottingham Forest but is confident that his side can compete all across the park.

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He said: "They are a good side, but as we showed when we played them, we are more than capable of giving them a good game.

“Lewis [Grabban] is proven at this level; he will always score you goals. He’ll always get 15-plus in a season and this one has been no different.

“He is more than just a goalscorer Lewis; I don’t think he gets the credit he deserves for how good he is. He can take the ball in, he can link it, he has good vision, he can run, he will stretch it in behind for you; but our two centre halves dealt with his well when we went down there and really kept him quiet.

“They have been set up to play counter-attacking for most of the season. I think they have most, or certainly one of the biggest, number of counter-attacking goals this season. They are a good side, with good experience in the areas that matter and they are strong at the back and hard to break down and with the likes of Lewis, Joe Lolley and Ameobi, they carry a threat and it will be a good game.”

Preston's last five

D - Luton 1-1 Preston (20/06/20)
L - Preston 1-3 Cardiff (27/06/20)
L - Preston 0-1 Derby (01/07/20)
D - Huddersfield 0-0 Preston (04/07/20)
W - Sheffield Wedneday 1-3 Preston (08/07/20)

Coverage

Nottingham Forest supporters are able to watch the full 90 minutes against Preston live on iFollow Forest.

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For only £10, you can purchase a match pass to watch live and exclusive coverage of Forest’s clash with North End including commentary from BBC Radio Nottingham's Colin Fray.

To purchase a match pass, simply visit nottinghamforest.co.uk/ifollow/subscribe, scroll down to the match passes section and click ‘Purchase Now’ next to the Preston fixture.

Season card holders who have selected option 1 from the refund options will be able to watch all The Reds' remaining games free of charge on iFollow Forest. For more information, please click here.

There will also be full match coverage available via the club's official social media channels and in the Match Centre.

Referee

Jeremy Simpson from Lancashire will be the referee in charge of Saturday's game. Simpson has officiated 27 games so far this season, showing 93 yellow cards and seven red cards.

He has refereed one Forest game so far this season, the 2-1 defeat at Birmingham, while this will be his fourth match overseeing Preston in 2019-20.

Other fixtures

To be played at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated:

Huddersfield vs Luton (Friday, 6pm)
Fulham vs Cardiff (Friday, 8.15pm)
Charlton vs Reading (12.30pm)
Derby vs Brentford (12.30pm)
Barnsley vs Wigan
Blackburn vs West Brom
Hull vs Millwall
Middlesbrough vs Bristol City
QPR vs Sheffield Wednesday
Stoke vs Birmingham (Sunday, 1.30pm)
Swansea vs Leeds (Sunday, 1.30pm)


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