UK time is: 06:47:35
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Preston North End vs. Leicester City

Deepdale

24/04/10

3 p.m.

Preview: Preston vs Leicester

Leicester will book their place in this season's Championship play-off battle with three points at Deepdale on Saturday afternoon.

The Foxes can secure their place in the top six with a win against the Lilywhites, but could also be assured of their place with a lesser result should scorelines elsewhere turn in their favour.

Standing in their way of victory tomorrow are a Preston side who have proved notoriously difficult to beat over the years for the Foxes.

But a disappointing season for North End has left them in the realms of mid-table mediocrity, a far cry from their usual high standards as play-off hunters in the Championship.

Leicester head into the game on the back of three straight victories, looking for four in a row for the first time this season.

With just one win in their last eight, North End are buoyed only by their impressive nine-match unbeaten run at home.

Darren Ferguson has struggled to spark life into Preston's season since his departure from relegated Peterborough, but should remain focused on securing a top-half finish for his side.

The two sides have already met twice this season, Preston running out as winners on both occassions.

Neil Mellor and Richard Chaplow's strikes were enough to sink City 2-1 at the Walkers back in September, whilst two goals from Chris Brown dispatched the Foxes by the same scoreline in their early-season Carling Cup fixture at Deepdale.

Vital Quotes:

Leicester left back Bruno Berner: 'With three consecutive victories we are looking forward to the match. We just need to keep our concentration.

We are very focused, and we are just going up there looking for another win.'

Preston North End Team News:

Midfielder Paul Coutts is definitely sidelined after undergoing surgery on both groin and hip injuries.

Former Leicester trialist Youl Mawene returns to the squad after his compassionate leave, but Liam Chilvers is doubtful.

Player to watch: John Parkin

The beast has found the net 13 times in all competitions so far this season, and comfortably takes his place as Preston's most potent goal threat.

The powerful striker has enjoyed a successful year after much ridicule in recent seasons, and appears to have found his feet well at Deepdale.

Leicester City Team News:

Striker Steve Howard sits out the first game of his suspension after seeing red in last weekend's victory over Watford, so James Vaughan is expected to see his first start in a City shirt.

Player to watch: Richie Wellens

Wellens has re-discovered his early-season form to set himself up as Leicester's kingpin in the middle of the park.

The money paid for the former-Doncaster man in the summer looks to have been cash well spent.

Match Facts & Stats

- Only Peterborough and Scunthorpe have conceded more goals than Preston.

- Leicester have only 11 goal-scorers to their name this season, the lowest number in the division.

- Preston are going in search of their fourth consecutive victory over City.

- North End have comfortably been much betterat home this year, claiming an average of 1.68 points per game at Deepdale.

Match Prediction:

We rarely do well against Preston, but I think we'll grab a draw here to put it all down to the final day of the season. Preston 1-1 Leicester

Next Fixtures:

Sunday 2nd May:

Preston: Reading (A)

Leicester: Middlesbrough (H)




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: JBFox Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday April 23 2010

Time: 9:15PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Leicester City Articles

Lawrence Heads Out On Loan (Thursday November 27 2014)

No Injury Worries For Pearson (Thursday November 27 2014)

Pearson Looking For More Clean Sheets (Wednesday November 26 2014)

Morgan & Schmeichel On Sunderland Draw (Monday November 24 2014)

Pearson - The Results Will Come (Monday November 24 2014)

Stats: Leicester v Sunderland (Saturday November 22 2014)

One Game At A Time For Pearson (Friday November 21 2014)

Injury Boosts For Pearson (Thursday November 20 2014)

De Laet - Fans Will Be Key (Wednesday November 19 2014)

De Laet Signs New Leicester Deal (Wednesday November 12 2014)

Archived Leicester City Articles

List All Vital Leicester  Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. jamie 1

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
14. Sunderland 12 2 7 3 -7 13
15. Crystal Palace 12 3 3 6 -4 12
16. Aston Villa 12 3 3 6 -11 12
17. Hull City 12 2 5 5 -3 11
18. Leicester City 12 2 4 6 -7 10
19. Burnley 12 2 4 6 -12 10
20. Q.P.R. 12 2 2 8 -12 8

Breaking League News

Chelsea get Pogba and Messi transfer boost
Chelsea : 28/11/2014 05:48:00
ToTT Remembers Gary Speed
Newcastle : 27/11/2014 23:26:00
Perfect blues please boss
Everton : 27/11/2014 21:23:00
Pre-Match Stats: Swansea vs Crystal Palace
Swansea : 27/11/2014 21:08:00
Everton : 27/11/2014 21:00:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Sunderland MotM
Suggested By:  Svens
Schmeichel 34%
De Laet 0%
Wasilewski 0%
Morgan 0%
Konchesky 0%
Mahrez 0%
Cambiasso 66%
James 0%
Schlupp 0%
Ulloa 0%
Vardy 0%
Sub - Nugent 0%
Sub - Knockaert 0%
Sub - Wood 0%