MATCHWATCH : Preston North End (a)

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MATCHWATCH : Preston North End (a)

by Sutekh » 20 Jan 2021 23:51




When : Sunday 24th January 2021, 12.30pm
Where : Deepdale, Preston, PR1 6RU
Capacity : 23,404


It's a Sunday so it must be a trip to Preston. Yes it's the second year in succession Reading wend their weary way up north on a Sunday for what I believe is their second longest away trip of the season. Unlike last seasons "Christmas" fixture though, this is on a Sunday for the footballing pleasure of one and all via Sky. Reading slightly improved their Sky win ratio in midweek with it now being up to a whopping 5 wins from the last 21 games on the box.

Preston North End aren't quite the force they were last season and are having a rather odd season. To begin with they couldn't stop winning away from home while also not being able to get a point for love nor money at home. Now things have settled down to a more even inconsistency which has left them mid table too good to go down but currently not quite with it enough to reach for the play offs.

To further their rather odd season, PNE supporters may find themselves finishing the season with a team rather different from that which started it. While the likes of Tom Barkhuizen, Paul Huntington and Scott Sinclair will still be there, injuries have done for Billy Bodin, Declan Rudd and Patrick Bauer on top of that striker Jayden Stockley and defender Ben Davies are being linked with a move away in this transfer window plus Daniel Johnson and Ben Pearson are both out of contract in the summer.

So as to cover all this possible activity Preston have already been very busy in the transfer market by bringing in midfielder Jayson Molumby from Brighton, goalkeeper Danny Iverson from Leicester and striker Ched Evans from Fleetwood all on loan and signing the very highly rated midfielder Ben Wightman from Doncaster on a permanent deal in addition to this Luton defender Sonny Bradley is attracting Alex Neil's attention.

However all this upheaval will hopefully make Preston a even more erratic over the January period but it should be stressed that that won't make them any less dangerous, particularly that perennial thorn in Reading's side - Preston's leading scorer, Scott Sinclair. Form wise Preston have won 5 and lost 3 of their last 8 league games plus have been dumped out of the FA Cup by 4-1 at Wycombe but given the presence of the likes of the aforementioned Sinclair and Barkhuizen Reading will need to be very organised and show great concentration to give themselves the best chance of 3 points.

Just as we all thought the injury tunnel was coming to an end we all learn Michael Olise is likely to be out for what the club initially described as a “long time” with a shoulder injury. A scan and consultation with a specialist are due some point today which should help give a bit more clarity, but whether that consultation brings good news or not Olise will not feature in the team at Deepdale. Well at least that means he will still be a Reading player at the end of the season!

On the upside Lewis Gibson may well be back on the bench on Sunday, Meite a week later plus Yiadom the game after that. Moore might make the Bournemouth game but more likely he’ll be back in contention at Stoke.

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Geoff Eltringham

Previously

16 Dec 20 > Reading 1-2 Norwich City
26 Feb 20 > Reading 0-3 Wigan Athletic
01 Jan 20 > Fulham 1-2 Reading
02 Mar 19 > Ipswich Town 1-2 Reading
02 Feb 19 > Reading 0-0 Aston Villa
29 Sep 18 > Brentford 2-2 Reading
03 Feb 18 > Reading 0-2 Millwall
22 Apr 17 > Nottingham Forest 3-2 Reading
17 Mar 17 > Sheffield Wednesday 0-2 Reading
04 Feb 17 > Ipswich Town 2-2 Reading
13 Dec 16 > Leeds United 2-0 Reading
02 Apr 16 > Bolton Wanderers 0-1 Reading
12 Dec 15 > Preston North End 1-0 Reading
07 Apr 15 > Blackpool 1-1 Reading
23 Nov 13 > Blackburn Rovers 0-0 Reading
14 Feb 12 > Derby County 0-1 Reading

Historically

It took 9 visits to Deepdale to get a first win and there have only been 6 for Reading in the total 29 league games played there to date. In that time Preston have managed 18 home victories very much setting a low expectation for Reading in this fixture. So that’s now one home victory for every goal Preston scored in that 18-0 cup game back in the 1890s. Still Reading managed a bit of a miracle result there last season so anything should possible....

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Preston North End (a)

by royalp-we » 21 Jan 2021 09:29

Win 7-0 and we go 2nd :!:

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Preston North End (a)

by Hound » 21 Jan 2021 09:36

PNE are certainly an odd side this season. Be disappointing not to win considering their home form and their inconsistency though

Rafael
Esteves Morrison McIntyre Richards
Rino Laurent
Semedo Swift Ejaria
Joao

Southwood, Aluko, Holmes, Tetek, Baldock, Gibson, Onen, Melvin-Lambert, Camara

Though I think he'll go Aluko instead of Semedo. Don't really want the Esteves/Aluko right flank though

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Preston North End (a)

by Pepe the Horseman » 21 Jan 2021 09:43

They've only won four home games this season, but three of those have been in their last four games.

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Preston North End (a)

by NewCorkSeth » 21 Jan 2021 09:44

Pepe the Horseman They've only won four home games this season, but three of those have been in their last four games.

Ouch. That's a nasty stat.


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by NewCorkSeth » 21 Jan 2021 09:45

Hound PNE are certainly an odd side this season. Be disappointing not to win considering their home form and their inconsistency though

Rafael
Esteves Morrison McIntyre Richards
Rino Laurent
Semedo Swift Ejaria
Joao

Southwood, Aluko, Holmes, Tetek, Baldock, Gibson, Onen, Melvin-Lambert, Camara

Though I think he'll go Aluko instead of Semedo. Don't really want the Esteves/Aluko right flank though

Semedo on the wing? Remind me, have we seen that yet?

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Preston North End (a)

by Pepe the Horseman » 21 Jan 2021 09:49

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Pepe the Horseman They've only won four home games this season, but three of those have been in their last four games.

Ouch. That's a nasty stat.

One of those was a 3-0 win over Boro.

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by NewCorkSeth » 21 Jan 2021 09:52

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Pepe the Horseman They've only won four home games this season, but three of those have been in their last four games.

Ouch. That's a nasty stat.

One of those was a 3-0 win over Boro.

So you're saying we will win 3-0?

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by Pepe the Horseman » 21 Jan 2021 09:52

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NewCorkSeth Ouch. That's a nasty stat.

One of those was a 3-0 win over Boro.

So you're saying we will win 3-0?

No. 2-0.


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by NewCorkSeth » 21 Jan 2021 09:56

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Pepe the Horseman One of those was a 3-0 win over Boro.

So you're saying we will win 3-0?

No. 2-0.

Lucas Joao with a double?

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by Pepe the Horseman » 21 Jan 2021 10:04

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NewCorkSeth So you're saying we will win 3-0?

No. 2-0.

Lucas Joao with a double?

No.

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by skipper » 21 Jan 2021 10:08

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Pepe the Horseman They've only won four home games this season, but three of those have been in their last four games.

Ouch. That's a nasty stat.


Beat them and then we're playing Bournemouth at the right time!

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Preston North End (a)

by tidus_mi2 » 21 Jan 2021 10:12

I do think Pauno has been quite clever billing this as Revenge Month, the players are definitely talking about it so seems to have done the trick and certainly got a good result against Coventry, hopefully that can continue against Preston.


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by Stranded » 21 Jan 2021 10:18

Pepe the Horseman They've only won four home games this season, but three of those have been in their last four games.


Huddersfield were on a run of 5 straight home wins when we went there, so something to be wary of but shouldn't be concerned about it too much.

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by Hound » 21 Jan 2021 10:20

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Hound PNE are certainly an odd side this season. Be disappointing not to win considering their home form and their inconsistency though

Rafael
Esteves Morrison McIntyre Richards
Rino Laurent
Semedo Swift Ejaria
Joao

Southwood, Aluko, Holmes, Tetek, Baldock, Gibson, Onen, Melvin-Lambert, Camara

Though I think he'll go Aluko instead of Semedo. Don't really want the Esteves/Aluko right flank though

Semedo on the wing? Remind me, have we seen that yet?


Not sure. But still prefer the idea to Aluko. Or Swift going wide.

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by Stranded » 21 Jan 2021 10:22

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Hound PNE are certainly an odd side this season. Be disappointing not to win considering their home form and their inconsistency though

Rafael
Esteves Morrison McIntyre Richards
Rino Laurent
Semedo Swift Ejaria
Joao

Southwood, Aluko, Holmes, Tetek, Baldock, Gibson, Onen, Melvin-Lambert, Camara

Though I think he'll go Aluko instead of Semedo. Don't really want the Esteves/Aluko right flank though

Semedo on the wing? Remind me, have we seen that yet?


Not sure. But still prefer the idea to Aluko. Or Swift going wide.


Would kind of agree to that. Probably more chance of Semedo being here next season than Aluko, given if we do go up we are obliged to buy him.

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by Pepe the Horseman » 21 Jan 2021 10:23

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Pepe the Horseman They've only won four home games this season, but three of those have been in their last four games.


Huddersfield were on a run of 5 straight home wins when we went there, so something to be wary of but shouldn't be concerned about it too much.

Yeh good shout.

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Preston North End (a)

by URZZZZ » 21 Jan 2021 10:32

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Hound PNE are certainly an odd side this season. Be disappointing not to win considering their home form and their inconsistency though

Rafael
Esteves Morrison McIntyre Richards
Rino Laurent
Semedo Swift Ejaria
Joao

Southwood, Aluko, Holmes, Tetek, Baldock, Gibson, Onen, Melvin-Lambert, Camara

Though I think he'll go Aluko instead of Semedo. Don't really want the Esteves/Aluko right flank though

Semedo on the wing? Remind me, have we seen that yet?


Not sure. But still prefer the idea to Aluko. Or Swift going wide.


Seem to recall Ejaria playing on the right hand side for us a couple of times and Swift has also played on the left too so there’s the option of that with Aluko/Semedo playing in the middle

Or sticking with Holmes at RB again and moving Esteves further up the pitch

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Preston North End (a)

by Hound » 21 Jan 2021 10:39

I'd definitely keep Swift central whatever we do. Think Semedo is the least worst option really, dont fancy either Aluko or Holmes/Esteves on that flank

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Preston North End (a)

by NewCorkSeth » 21 Jan 2021 10:49

Maybe play Esteves as our Right Winger? Holmes as RB? I dont like it but it might be the best we have.

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