Stoke subs: Bursik, Delap, Kilkenny, Fosu, Powell, Laurent, Taylor. George HodgsonToday's officialsReferee: Leigh DoughtyCards this season: 74 yellows, four reds (17 games)Assistants: Adam Crysell and Robert HydeFourth Official: Thomas KirkGeorge HodgsonHead-to-HeadGames played: 110 PNE wins: 49 Draws: 24 Stoke City wins: 37George HodgsonPredicted PNE XI We've had a stab at the PNE side for today, here.
Tyrese Campbell tries a through ball, but Jacob Brown is caught offside. Foul by Josh Tymon (Stoke City). Ben Woodburn (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Attempt missed. Jacob Brown (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by William Smallbone. Ben Wilmot (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jordan Thompson with a cross following a set piece situation. Andrew Hughes (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. Tyrese Campbell (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
18' (0-0)George HodgsonCrucial blockThe ball drops for Clarke in the PNE box and his fierce volley on the swivel is blocked by McCann. Browne then smashes the ball clear as Stoke looked to keep the threat alive. North End break away through Riis, who gallops to the byline and crosses, but the ball had gone out of play. The Dane has hurt himself in the process. Looked like he slipped and rolled his ankle. PNE's phsyio is treating it now as play continues, with North End down to 10 temporarily.
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He works it through to Riis, who flicks a lovely first time pass into the path of Fernandez. The Spaniard's first touch takes him into the box and his second is a shot which Stoke block well. Free-kick for North End now, 25 yards out to the left of the box. Browne and Johnson stood over it after Riis was hacked down from behind. 9' (0-0)George HodgsonAlmostRiis links play up well again after Browne flicked it into his path from the byline.
Andrew Hughes is said to have a chance of returning, while Ali McCann, Alan Browne and Emil Riis are all back involved - but looking to build up their match fitness and sharpness to 100 per cent. George HodgsonHappy New Year! And welcome to our online coverage of Preston North End's first match of 2023, as they head down to Stoke City to take on Alex Neil's men. The Lilywhites are stuck in a bit of a rut after three consecutive defeats, but must head into this one with full optimism and belief that they can get a result.
17' (0-0)George HodgsonCorner concededStoke manage to win the 50/50s in the middle of the park and Lindsay slices Tymon's cross behind for a corner to Stoke. 13' (0-0)George HodgsonHalf chanceJohnson's delivery is excellent and Fox has to help it behind for a corner to PNE, as Lindsay and Diaby looked to attack it. The corner is headed away but Campbell then wipes out Fernandez 25 yards out, with the full back getting to the ball first. A sore one for the number two, but he's back up and PNE have another free-kick in a decent position - out on the left. 12' (0-0)George HodgsonTerrific from RiisJohnson has made a really bright start to this game - he's involved in all of PNE's play going forward.
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Johnson brings the ball forward and tries to reverse his pass into the advancing Browne, but it's a little too heavy for him and goes behind for a goal kick. North End have made the better start. 7' (0-0)George HodgsonBetter from PNELindsay brings it out of defence with a little bit of luckc, but does well to start North End's move off as it's worked out to Fernandez and McCann then brings it over to the right. Browne crosses well from wing-back, as PNE keep it alive and Johnson eventually forces a corner down the left. Browne crosses towards the near post and it's put behind for another corner.
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Stoke were superior in the reverse fixture but remain below PNE in the table, with the Potters still struggling to string together consistent results. It's a ground that has served North End well over recent years - two 0-2 wins and the 1-2 victory under Ryan Lowe last season, when Brad Potts levelled the game with a scorcher of a volley before Andrew Hughes headed home the winner. A big game for both sides, to say the least today. We'll have the teams for you at 2pm! Stoke City (A) #pnefc pic.
22' (0-0)George HodgsonVolleyed overThompson smashes a volley over the crossbar from 20 yard as Johnson closed him down and the Stoke man took a swipe at the bobbling ball. Riis is now down again as the physio enters the pitch to treat him. Doesn't look promising. 20' (0-0)George HodgsonBlockedTymon cuts inside from the right and sees his shot blocked by Whiteman, before Hughes has to hack the loose ball away with Stoke applying pressure inside the box. Riis has come back on for the time being.
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Kick off in 5 mins! 14:45George HodgsonMatch OddsStoke to win 21/20The draw 9/4Preston to win 14/5Via BetFair14:27KEY EVENTKICK OFF DELAYEDKick-off has been delayed by 15 minutes. Heavy traffic congestion has affected travelling supporters following a crash on the M6, with the Lilywhites set to be backed by 1, 600 supporters.
Stoke City v Preston North EndLast updated on 3 hours ago. From the section ChampionshipLine-upsStokeFormation 4-2-3-113Bonham2Clarke16Wilmot5Souttar3Fox8Baker15Thompson10Campbell18Smallbone14Tymon9BrownSubstitutes1Bursik17Delap22Kilkenny24Fosu-Henry25Powell28Laurent32TaylorPrestonFormation 3-5-21Woodman23Diaby6Lindsay16HughesBooked at 30mins8Browne13McCann4Whiteman10Johnson2Fernández9Evans19RiisSubstituted forWoodburnat 23'minutesSubstitutes3Cunningham5Bauer18Ledson20Woodburn25Cornell29Cross-Adair44PottsLive TextOffside, Stoke City.
You can follow every kick of today's clash with us, right here. 27' (0-0)George HodgsonCorner Stoke beat the PNE press well and work it out to the left, where Campbell goes forward and prods the ball off Diaby on the byline to force a corner. It's whipped in to the near post, where Lindsay clears his lines and Stoke then force a throw in deep in the North End half. 23' (0-0)George HodgsonPNE subRiis - who had started the game brightly - makes way and is replaced by Ben Woodburn.
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George HodgsonEarly team newsDujon Sterling and Sam Clucas are set to miss out once again for Stoke, but Neil did welcome Josh Laurent back from his injury lay-off last time out. The midfielder hadn't played since October 29 due to a knee problem, but came off the bench against Burnley. Neil was hopeful of having Dwight Gayle back for that one, but the striker did not make the match day squad. He could return to take on PNE. Ryan Lowe will remain without Robbie Brady, Sean Maguire and Troy Parrott.
Kick-off at the bet365 Stadium will now be 3:15pm. 14:08George HodgsonArrived! We've finally parked up in Stoke, where the sun is shining and there's a breeze in the air. M6 traffic on the way was a complete nightmare, with away supporters now stuck in it en route. A lorry has crashed and that is causing lengthy delays. 14:07George HodgsonStory on teams Alex Neil has gone unchanged for Stoke. Ryan Lowe makes four changes, with Hughes, Diaby, McCann and Johnson coming in to the team. Ledson, Potts and Bauer all drop to the bench, while Storey is not involved.
2' (0-0)George HodgsonFree-kick early doorsSouttar brings down McCann after Riis helped the ball into his path with a lovely touch over half-way. Johnson curls the 40 yard free-kick into the box but there's not enough weight on it and Stoke clear their lines. 1' (0-0)KEY EVENTKICK OFF! Good noise from the away end - which is pretty much full now thankfully - as Stoke get the game under way. PNE shooting away from their fans in the first half. 15:08George HodgsonReady to go It looks like some PNE fans are still yet to make it to the bet365 Stadium due to traffic, but there are around 1, 000 of the 1, 600 travelling faithful in the away end now.
Alan Browne looks set to play at right wing-back. 14:06KEY EVENTTeam News PNE XI: Woodman; Diaby, Lindsay, Hughes; Browne, Whiteman, McCann, Johnson, Fernandez; Riis, Evans. PNE subs: Cornell, Bauer, Cunningham, Potts, Ledson, Woodburn, Cross-AdairStoke: Bonham; Clarke, Fox, Souttar, Wilmot, Thompson, Baker, Smallbone, Tymon, Campbell, Brown.
Stoke City vs Preston North End live updates from the Bet365 StadiumPreston North End are back on the road as they take on Stoke City away from home. The Lilywhites kick-off 2023 with a trip to the Potteries - on the back of three successive defeats to West Brom, Huddersfield Town and Queens Park Rangers. North End dropped into the bottom half of the division with the Baggies loss last time out, and head into this one four points outside of the play-offs following the New Year's Day games. Today they go up against their former manager Alex Neil for the second time this season, with today's hosts having won 0-2 at Deepdale back in October. Neil is yet to guide Stoke up the table but they head into this one knowing that a win would reduce the gap to PNE down to just one point.
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