Preston North End and Stoke City measure strength at Deepdale Stadium, in a match for the 4th round of the Championship. The history of recent direct confrontations is favorable to the home team, which records 1 victory and 2 draws in the last 3 games. The last direct confrontation between these two teams, on 26-01-2019, ended with the victory of the Preston North End by (0-2). In this match the home factor may be decisive, since both teams have considerable differences in the results won at home and as a visitor.
Preston North End :
The home team is currently in the 16th position, with 3 points won, after 1 win and 2 losses. In the penultimate match, he won at home against Wigan Athletic by (3-0). In the last game, he lost out against Swansea City by (3-2). This is a team that curiously has been stronger as a visitor than in their home games, since in the last 30 matches it records 8 wins and 7 losses as a visitor; against 5 wins, 6 draws and 4 losses in his stadium. In the last 10 games played at home for all competitions, the Preston North End won 4, drew 3 and lost 3. Their attack has scored regularly, as they scored goals in 8 of the last 10 games. In their home matches there is a tendency for goals, since 23 of their last 27 matches have ended with Over 1.5 goals.
Preston arrives at this match with little motivation, after a 3-2 loss in the Swansea trip. Preston generally plays in a 4-3-3, in which the three most advanced players are Green, Stockley and Barkhuizen. The local club, when it invests in the offensive process, generally does so through the right flank, taking advantage of the depth offered by the right side Browne. Taking into account the tactical system used, one of the great valences of the house team is the attack through the side corridors. It should be noted that Preston also has many skills from the point of view of aerial games. Coach Alex Neil will not be able to count on Josh Harrop and Billy Bodin, for being injured. In addition, Ryan Ledson will also be absent, for being suspended.
Stoke City :
The visiting team is currently in the 23rd position, with 1 point won, after 1 draw and 2 losses. In the penultimate match, he lost out against Charlton Athletic by (3-1). In the last game, he tied at home against Derby County by (2-2). This is a team that curiously conquers more positive results as a visitor than at home, since in the last 30 matches it records 5 wins, 6 draws and 4 losses as a visitor, with 13 goals scored and 13 suffered; against 2 wins, 7 draws and 6 losses in his stadium, with 17 goals scored and 22 suffered. In its last 10 away games, Stoke City records 5 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses. His defense has not been very solid, since he suffered goals in 8 of the last 10 games, but his attack has scored regularly, since he scored at least one goal in each of the last 10 games.
The Stoke comes to this game after a draw at home, two, with the Derby. The visiting team generally acts in a tactical system in 5-2-3, favoring rapid transitions, mainly through the wings. One of the strengths of the visiting group is the way it manages to take advantage of direct free. Keep in mind that Stoke has many difficulties to take advantage of the goal opportunities he manages to create. Coach Nathan Jones will not be able to count on Ryan Shawcross, delivered to the medical department.