Our prediction for this Championship match:
Brighton have already established themselves as one of the main contenders for promotion to the Premier League. The Seagulls recorded a 2-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday on Matchday 11 and they will be looking to regain their spot in top two with a victory over Preston on Saturday afternoon. Brighton are eyeing their fifth home win of the season and it has to be noted that they managed to keep four clean sheets in previous five home fixtures in the Championship. Preston recorded a very important 2-0 win over Aston Villa and thanks to the triumph the team move away from the danger zone. The Lilywhites, though, struggle on the travels and they are unlikely to put an end to their three-game losing run on the road. Brighton are a real force to be reckoned with at home and we predict that the attacking partnership of Murray and Baldock is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders in Saturday’s football match.
Highlighted Player (Sam Baldock):
Sam Baldock is an English footballer who plays as a striker for Brighton. Baldock was born in Buckingham, England on 15 March 1989 and he began his senior career at Milton Keynes Dons. After spending six years at Stadium mk, Baldock signed a four-year contract with West Ham United on 26 August, 2011.
However, after failing to impress in the 2011/2012 campaign, he was sold to Bristol City at the end of the season. Sam Baldock scored 34 goals in 83 appearances for the club and in 2014 he joined his current club Brighton. The English attacker signed for the Seagulls for an undisclosed fee, which was believed to be in the region of £2m.
Sam Baldock has a contract with Brighton, which expiries on 30 June, 2018. It has to be noted that he represented England at the 2009 FIFA U20 World Cup in Egypt. His main position is centre forward, but he is capable of playing at both left and right back as well.
Highlighted Team (Preston North End):
Preston North End or Preston were founded in 1880. The Lilywhites or the Invincibles play their home games at Deepdale, the stadium that was built in 1875 and opened three years later.
In 1889 Preston won their first FA Cup trophy and they did well to beat Huddersfield Town in the final of the 1938 FA Cup final. However, the club’s biggest success came in 1889 and 1890 when they won back-to-back domestic trophies (First Division).
Preston have yet to win the League Cup title, but they were runners-up in 1888, 1922, 1937, 1954, 1964. Preston’s main rivals are Blackpool and the two teams square off against each other in the West Lancashire derby. In their first ever meeting in the West Lancashire derby (1901) Preston recorded a 4-1 win over Blackpool.
Burnley and Blackburn Rovers are considered Preston’s big rivals as well. The colour of Preston’s shirts is white and they wear dark blue shorts.