PNE PREVIEW VS HULL

After earning their second win and clean sheet of the season before the international break against Wigan, the Lilywhites will be in considerably higher spirits when they travel to the KCOM stadium on Saturday.

Hull are now sitting bottom of the Championship table, just one point behind North End after their most recent defeat to Sheffield United, with many fans far from pleased with manager Nigel Adkins.

Preston will have two strikers desperate to get their first goal of the season on the weekend. On loan Manchester City striker, Lukas Nmecha, has come alive in PNE’s last two fixtures against Aston Villa, which saw Steve Bruce lose his job and in the Lancashire derby against Wigan.

He, along with Sean Maguire, who made his return from injury against Wigan, will be hoping they can help Alex Neil’s side pick up another three points and escape the bottom three against Hull.

Team News

After receiving his fifth yellow card of the season in North End’s 4-0 win last time out, midfielder Ben Pearson will miss the game for Preston.

Alan Browne, Sean Maguire and Callum Robinson were all called up to the Republic Of Ireland squad and failed to pick up any injuries, meaning they should be available for this fixture.

Billy Bodin won’t be back until the latter stages of the season if he is to return in this campaign with an ACL injury.

Josh Harrop has more than likely played his last game of the season for the Lilywhites, he has also picked up an ACL injury.

Callum Woods has still not returned to action since the Carabao Cup game earlier in the season, the injury he picked up in that game was followed up by another one upon his return to training.

Predicted XI

Maxwell

Fisher Storey Clarke Hughes

Ledson Johnson

Barkhuizen Browne Robinson

Nmecha

Score prediction

Hull City 1-2 Preston

North End have won their last three Championship games against Saturday’s opponents including a 2-1 win at the KCOM last season, I am hopeful after the win against Wigan that Alex Neil’s side will start to climb the league table.

@The92Blog

@Adam_Thomason_

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