Match preview: PNE v Fulham

By Jack Wynne – Sports Editor

Up next for Preston North End after the derby victory away to Blackburn Rovers at the weekend is a home game against relegation-threatened Fulham.

Just as Joe Garner thought he had sealed the win when these two sides met at Craven Cottage earlier in the season, Ross McCormack scored a brilliant free-kick late on to salvage a point for Fulham.

The Cottagers have lost just once in their last five league matches away from home whilst North End are on a run of three games without defeat.

Fulham are desperate for points and will provide a tough test according to PNE manager Simon Grayson.

He added it is strange to see a team like Fulham with an array of good players near the bottom of the table.

Cottagers’ manager Slavisa Jokanovic has described tonight’s game as one of seven remaining cup finals.

He also believes his team have a lot of room for improvement before the season is finished.

Onto team news and Grayson has no fresh injury concerns, following the victory against Rovers at Ewood Park.

The only people unavailable for North End are long-term absentees Liam Grimshaw and Stevie May as well as Chris Humphrey, who has made progress in his rehab by starting to run outside.

As for the visitors, Chris Baird could return for the match at Deepdale after missing the weekend’s win over Milton Keynes Dons.

Victory for PNE could see them jump up two places into 8th, five points off Derby County, who occupy the final play-off position.

If Fulham were to record a win at Deepdale, they could move seven points clear of MK Dons, who are in the relegation zone alongside Charlton Athletic and Bolton Wanderers.

If you can’t be at Deepdale this evening, follow @SportPluto for full match coverage, including team news.


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