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            Plymouth vs. Preston North End Prediction, Tips & Stats

            As the EFL Championship season progresses, Plymouth Argyle, newly promoted and sitting 17th in the league, face a tough challenge against Preston North End, who are eyeing a playoff spot from their current 10th position. Both sides need three points for very different reasons in a game that feels quite tough to call.

            Plymouth Argyle, having secured promotion from League One last season, are fully engaged in the battle to ensure another season in the Championship. Currently positioned 17th with 41 points from 37 games, their journey has been commendable, given the competitive nature of the league. However, recent form has been a concern, with only one win from their last eight games. Their most recent match, a 1-1 draw away at Blackburn Rovers, exemplifies their current struggle. Despite dominating the game and playing against ten men for a significant portion, they only managed to secure a point, with Morgan Whittaker's equaliser saving them from defeat. This pattern of games has been too familiar for Plymouth, as they've found themselves winless in their last three matches and, perhaps more worryingly, their last four at home.

            Ian Foster, Plymouth's manager, has his work cut out for him. While the team's overall performance has had bright spots, such as Morgan Whittaker's outstanding contribution of 18 goals, making him the joint second highest scorer in the league, consistency has been lacking. The Pilgrims will need to harness their home advantage and find the form that has eluded them in recent matches to secure crucial points in the relegation battle.

            Preston North End, under the guidance of Ryan Lowe, have been one of the surprise packages of the season. With 53 points from 36 games, they find themselves in 10th place, within striking distance of the playoff positions. This is a significant achievement for a team that was expected to be mid-table contenders at best. Their performance this season has defied expectations, showcasing a blend of tactical nous and team spirit that has allowed them to compete with the league's best.

            Recent form, however, has been mixed. The team comes into this game with a record of two wins, two draws, and one loss in their last five games. Their most recent defeat, a 2-1 loss at home to relegation-threatened Stoke City, was particularly disappointing and represented a missed opportunity to close the gap on the playoff places. Away from home, Preston's form has been relatively positive, with two wins, one draw, and two losses in their last five games, including taking seven points from the last three. This resilience on the road will be crucial as they face Plymouth.

            The previous encounter between these two sides in September saw Preston emerge as 2-1 winners, a result they will be keen to replicate. For Preston, the objective is clear: maintain the push for a playoff spot and capitalize on any slip-ups by the teams above them.

            For our Plymouth vs. Preston prediction, we're going for a 1-1 draw.

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            Plymouth Team News

            Plymouth played well in the draw at Blackburn so manager Ian Foster may opt to name the same starting XI for the second week running. If there is to be a change, Leeds United loanee Darko Gyabi could come back into the front three.

            The Pilgrims are coming into this game without any injury absentees.

            Preston Team News

            Ryan Lowe, unlike his counterpart, is likely to make changes heading into this game following a poor 1-2 defeat to Stoke City last time out with Milutin Osmajić, Greg Cunningham, Ryan Ledson and Duane Holmes all in contention to come into the starting XI.

            However, Brad Potts continues to miss out through injury while Ben Whiteman is majorly doubtful.

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