The Johnstone’s Paint trophy returns to Deepdale this evening as Preston North End welcome League One rivals Oldham Athletic.
Tonight’s game see’s North End pitting their wits in the JPT for the first time this season after being awarded a bye into the second round, whilst their opponents Oldham, brushed aside Shrewsbury Town 4-1 in the first round.
Preston go into the game on the back of their first league defeat of the season away to Peterborough. The 2-0 defeat last weekend also meant The Lilywhites five game winning streak came to an abrupt end.
The Latics meanwhile will be looking to go one better than their 1-1 draw at the weekend against table toppers Leyton Orient.
Although Lee Johnson’s youthful contingent have looked impressive at times this campaign, coming out on top of the possession count seven times out of their 10 league games, their ability to not make their possession count has cost them, winning just twice in the league all season.
PNE duo Ian Hume and Chris Humphrey are both unavailable due to international commitments, while long-term absentee Jack King is still not ready for action despite getting the all clear to return to training after his broken foot.
The Latics are without Italian Matteo Lanzoni for the short trip to Lancashire after the defender hobbled out of the weekends draw but otherwise manager Johnson has pretty much a full squad to choose from.
The JPT clash will see the North West clubs play each other at Deepdale for the second time this season. A Stuart Beavon goal and a penalty from Kevin Davies meant James Tarkowski’s goal on 83 minutes was a mere consolation as The Lilywhite’s ran out 2-1 winners last month.
You can see if PNE can repeat their early season success as they battle it out for a place in the JPT Area Quarter-finals for a cut price fee, as tickets for over 16’s are just £5!
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