Match preview: Fulham v PNE

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By Drew Darbyshire – reporter

Preston North End will travel to Craven Cottage this Saturday as they face former Premier League side Fulham in the Championship.

The last game between these two sides ended in a 1-1 draw at Deepdale 15 years ago, in The Football League First Division which is now The Football League Championship.

Fulham goalkeeper Andrew Lonergan will miss out on facing his home town club this weekend through injury.

He notched up 232 appearance for the Lancashire side, making his debut at just 16 years of age under manager at the time, David Moyes.

PNE will still be without star striker and former Everton forward Jermaine Beckford for the match but he is remaining in good spirits and is now off crutches which is a boost for Simon Grayson’s side.

The hosts have not been in impressive form in recent weeks, with The Cottagers only managing two wins in their last eight games.

They are currently without a manager and so Peter Grant has been handed a caretaker role whilst the board search for a new boss to guide them back to the Premier League.

Preston have also found wins hard to come by, the Lilywhites have managed just three in their last 14 games.

North End currently find themselves sat in 17th place, two points above the relegation zone whilst Fulham sit five places higher with 21 points.

Grayson will be hoping striker Joe Garner can get on the score sheet again this weekend after netting his first of the campaign last weekend in a 2-1 defeat to Lancashire rivals Blackburn Rovers.

The home side will be looking on to see if forwards Ross McCormack and Moussa Dembele can continue their goal-scoring form, with the pair bagging 17 goals this campaign respectively.

If you can’t make the journey to South West London this weekend, follow @SportPluto for match coverage, including team news.

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