Post by ginagee on Jul 10, 2020 10:29:18 GMT
Preston North End v Nottingham Forest
Two sides with aspirations of qualifying for the playoffs will lock horns in the Championship on Saturday as Preston North End welcome Nottingham Forest to Deepdale.
Forest are comfortably in the mix for a top-six finish, but they are practically out of the running for an automatic promotion spot following a 1-0 defeat to fellow playoff hopefuls Fulham on Tuesday evening.
Harry Arter struck the only goal of the game on the brink of half time to leave Forest 12 points adrift of second-placed WBA, but Sabri Lamouchi's side boast a five-point cushion over seventh-placed Swansea City with four games left to play
For a side with hopes of promotion back to the top flight, three wins from their last 11 outings in the Championship makes for bleak reading for the Forest faithful, and fans will certainly be hoping for a quick turnaround in fortunes should Forest secure a spot in the playoffs
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will be hoping that their victory over Sheffield Wednesday acts as the catalyst for a late charge for the top six.
Preston looked down and out against the Owls before a number of inspired substitutions by Neil turned the game on its head - with substitutes Scott Sinclair, Jayden Stockley and Brad Potts all scoring to complete a remarkable late turnaround for the Lilywhites.
Playoff-chasing Preston had endured a barren run of seven games without a win prior to their triumph at Hillsborough, but the Lilywhites are still firmly in contention for a top-six berth with just four games of the season remaining although time is running out for Preston to try and break into the playoff spots as they dream of playing in the Premier League for the first time in their history.
We will now endeavour to end a three-game losing run at home, but Forest will fancy their chances of bagging at least one goal as we have not kept a clean sheet at Deepdale since September.
Preston Championship form: LDLLDW
Nottingham Forest Championship form: LDWWDL
Louis Moult's winner at the City Ground:-
Man in the Middle:-
Taking charge of Saturday’s home game is Carnforth based Jeremy Simpson who officiated on PNE’s trip to Barnsley in January, having also been the official at Cardiff City just before Christmas, a game that ended 0-0.
Forum :- LTLF ForestForum www.forestforum.co.uk
Sabri Lamouchi has confirmed that Joe Lolley is a doubt for the trip to Deepdale. The winger limped off at half-time of the midweek loss against Fulham but Lamouchi is hopeful that he can be involved.
Samba Sow was also substituted at half-time but he is fit and available, while there are no other injury concerns
The North End boss chose to go with a 3-5-2 formation on Wednesday, against the Owls, and he has many options ahead of the weekend, with Paul Gallagher and Daniel Johnson both coming off the bench in South Yorkshire, after missing a couple of games, but Paul Huntington still has one game to go of his three-match ban. DJ’s inclusion will be vital, for me Rafferty has to start whether on the left or right. Fatigue will be an issue with some and Forest have had over an extra 24 hours rest, trying to guess the line up is something I have given up a long time ago.
IMO no point saving anything for future games we need to give it all tomorrow, it's getting to the Poop or Bust stage
My Prediction:- PNE 2 Forrest 1