Preston North End take on league leaders Fulham in Saturday's televised early afternoon Championship kick-off.
There's been quite a gap between Preston at their best and worst this season, but their mixed record in terms of results - six wins, six draws, seven defeats - leaves them lying in midtable. Frankie McAvoy's Lilywhites bookended the international break with a pair of poor defeats to Nottingham Forest (3-0 away) and strugglers Cardiff City (2-1 at home) before bouncing back with an impressive 2-1 comeback victory at Chris Wilder's Middlesbrough on Tuesday night.
The two late goals from Ched Evans ('71) and Emil Riis Jakobsen ('81) will see Preston return to Deepdale here buoyed by a spirit showing in Teesside. Most of their points have come on home soil this season, with last Saturday's loss to Cardiff only their second defeat on their own patch this season.
Fulham sit top of the tree and are on track to have automatic promotion effectively wrapped up by Christmas, if their current form is anything to go by. They've opened up a nine-point lead over third-place West Brom, and they're on track to break all kinds of goalscoring records, having already struck a remarkable 48 goals from 19 games so far.
However, Marco Silva's Juggernaut were left stunted by struggling Derby on Wednesday night, only managing a 0-0 draw at home to the league's bottom-placed side. They went into the contest off the back of seven successive victories (aggregate score over that run: 25-2) but struggled to find a way past a dogged and determined Derby, drawing a blank in spite of registering 21 shots and five on target.
Fulham have won four and lost just one of their last six meetings with Preston, although that came in their last visit to Deepdale back in December 2019.