: Preston North End V Sheffield Wed Aug 23, 2019 8:54:26 GMT PNE From Afar, walburghian, and 4 more like this
Post by Phantom Winger on Aug 23, 2019 8:54:26 GMT
Preston North End V Sheffield Wednesday
24th August 2019
24th August 2019
Sheffield Wednesday went top of the Championship with their win over Luton Town on Tuesday night and whilst results on Wednesday evening knocked them off, they are certainly an in-form side. Therefore, the Lilywhites know if their 100 per cent start to the season at Deepdale is to continue, they will have to be at the top of their game when Lee Bullen brings the Owls to PR1. It will be the 51st league encounter between the two sides at Deepdale, with plenty of entertaining games down the years, no more so than the 3-3 draw at the end of last season, when Steve Bruce’s side came from behind to take a point. Bruce left to join home town team Newcastle United in the summer and Bullen has been in caretaker charge since then and done an excellent job. He was also in caretaker charge – his first of that spell – against North End at Hillsborough last season and has a very good record at a club he was a very well-respected player. For North End though, they will be concentrating on themselves again, with one less day to recover, manager Alex Neil could well choose to make changes once again as they look to add another three points.
Preston have lost one of their last 21 home league games against Sheffield Wednesday (W10 D10 L1), a 2-0 defeat in League One in December 2011.
In the second tier, Sheffield Wednesday are winless in 16 league visits to Deepdale against Preston (W0 D9 L7) since winning 1-0 in October 1949.
Preston, who have won both of their two home games this season, last kicked off a league campaign winning their first three games at Deepdale back in 2008-09 under manager Alan Irvine.
Only against Middlesbrough (four) has Sheffield Wednesday striker Atdhe Nuhiu scored more league goals than he has against Preston (three), who scored and assisted in this exact fixture last season.
The great thing about championship football is its unpredictability particularly this season. We can beat and lose to any side in this division. The Owls fans I have spoken to would take a point but I much prefer to keep our non draw policy going. Roll on Saturday!