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Preston vs. Stoke Prediction, Tips & Stats

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          Preston vs. Stoke Prediction, Tips & Stats

          The EFL Championship, known for its relentless competition and unpredictability, presents another captivating fixture this Saturday as Preston North End square off against Stoke City. This clash embodies the contrasting fortunes and aspirations of two clubs at different ends of the league table, yet each harbouring ambitions that a win can significantly propel.

          Preston North End, under the management of Ryan Lowe, find themselves in an enviable 9th position, just four points shy of the playoff spots, with a game in hand. This season, Preston has defied expectations, mounting a serious playoff challenge despite a squad not renowned for its star quality. This underdog story is a testament to Lowe's tactical nous and the collective spirit within the camp. The team's recent form is a reflection of their resilience and consistency, having won three and drawn two of their last five matches. Notably, a goalless draw at home against 6th-placed Hull City underscored their defensive solidity and ability to hold their own against the top sides in the division. Furthermore, a commanding 3-0 away victory against Coventry City prior the draw with Hull highlighted Preston's potential to deliver dominant performances.

          At Deepdale, Preston's home fortress, their form has been particularly strong, with three wins and two draws in their last five outings. Emil Riis Jakobsen, the Danish forward, has been a pivotal figure in this run, finding the back of the net four times in his last five appearances. His form will be crucial as Preston continue their push for a playoff position. However, the team's preparation for this match was unexpectedly disrupted when their midweek game against Southampton was postponed due to a fire near the stadium, a rare event that will have tested the squad's adaptability.

          Conversely, Stoke City's season has been marred by underachievement. Currently languishing in 22nd place with 38 points, the Potters find themselves in the midst of a relegation battle, a stark contrast to their preseason playoff ambitions. Recent form has been mixed for Stoke, with two wins and three losses in their last five league games. Despite a narrow 1-0 defeat to Leeds United, Stoke showcased commendable heart and desire, qualities they will need to harness as they fight for Championship survival. However, their away form presents a cause for concern, with four consecutive losses on the road suggesting a vulnerability that Preston will be keen to exploit.

          Under the guidance of manager Steven Schumacher, Stoke have seen few standout performances of late, but defender Ki-Jana Hoever has been a notable exception, whose contributions have been a silver lining in a challenging campaign. As they prepare to face Preston, Stoke will need to channel the spirit and determination exhibited against Leeds to stand any chance of upsetting the odds at Deepdale.

          The previous encounter between these two sides this season ended in a 2-0 victory for Preston, a result that not only underscores the gap in form and confidence between the teams but also sets the stage for a fascinating rematch. For Preston, another win against Stoke would reinforce their playoff credentials and continue their impressive campaign. For Stoke, it presents an opportunity to defy expectations, secure crucial points in their relegation fight, and perhaps kickstart a late-season revival.

          For our Preston vs. Stoke prediction, we're going for a 2-1 win for the home side.

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          Preston Team News

          Having not played in midweek, Preston will be freshly rested and they come into this game with only two absentees with Kian Best and Brad Potts both currently on the sidelines.

          We aren't likely to see many changes to the XI that started the draw with Hull last time out, with Ryan Lowe likely to stick with the same starting lineup here.

          Stoke Team News

          Ben Pearson is unavailable through suspension after seeing red at Elland Road in midweek, while Junior Tchamadeu, Enda Stevens and Luke McNally are all out injured too.

          Tyrese Campbell could be handed a start in the forward line as Steven Schumacher looks to inspire some goals in his side.

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