Preston North End will be aiming to continue their unbeaten start to the 2023/24 Championship campaign as they are set to host West Brom at Deepdale on Saturday in a game which kicks off at 3:00.
After an undefeated start to their season, Ryan Lowe’s side currently find themselves in 3rd position in the table, just one point adrift of Leicester, who are the current table-toppers. The Lillywhites have amassed 20 points from their opening eight games, following six wins and two draws.
Preston’s defence has been seemingly impenetrable so far this season, with the lillywhites not conceding more than a goal in any of their games. Ryan Lowe’s side have the second best defensive record in the league, having only conceded six times in their opening eight league games.
Last time out, Preston were held to a frustrating draw as they faced Rotherham. The Millers were ahead in the 35th minute through former North End forward Jordan Hugill, before Liam Lindsay drew level late in the first half. The game finished 1-1 despite Preston applying pressure in the second period of the game.
West Brom are currently sitting in 13th place in the Championship table, having gained 10 points from their opening 8 league games. This comes following two wins, four draws and two defeats.
Carlos Corberan’s side are winless in their last four outings, having recorded three draws and a defeat. The Baggies have dominated possession in most of their league games so far this season however they have been unable to convert this possession into clear-cut goal-scoring opportunities.
In their last league outing, West Brom were held to a frustrating draw as they hosted Millwall at the Hawthorns. Despite having more possession, shots and shots on target than their opponents, the Baggies were unable to find the back of the net as the game ended in a goalless draw.
The fixture of West Brom vs Preston has a long history, with the two sides first meeting in 1887. In total, the sides have met 118 times in all competitions, with Preston having won 41, West Brom having won 50 and there being 27 draws.
The last time that these sides met came in the last year’s Championship campaign, where two goals from Okay Yokuslu continued West Brom’s revival under Carlos Corberan as they beat Preston 2-0 at the Hawthorns.
Unsurprisingly, given their impressive start to the season, it is Preston who are home favourites ahead of this matchup and are currently priced @ 7/5 to win, whilst an away win for the baggies is priced @ 2/1 and a draw is @ 11/5.
We are backing Will Keane to score and Preston to win, which is currently priced @ 7/2. Following his move from Wigan this Summer, Keane has made an instant impact for the Lillywhites, having already netted 4 league goals and we expect that he could be on the scoresheet once more this weekend.