Our prediction for this Championship match:
Huddersfield Town and Preston face each other at Kirkless Stadium in what is expected to be a close encounter. The Terriers aim to build on back-to-back wins over Swansea City and Derby County, and, no doubt, they are brimming with confidence ahead of the visit of Preston. Huddersfield Town will be without injured trio Edmonds-Green – Elphick – Ward against the Lilywhites.
Preston, on the other hand, did well to make amends for a 1-0 loss to Cardiff City, with the team beating QPR in London on Wednesday evening. The Lilywhites aim to give fans yet another reason for celebration, but beating the in-form Terriers at Kirkless Stadium is easier said than done. The two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment, and we are tempted to put our money on draw. The likes of Earl, Fisher, and Moult are sidelined with injury for the visitors, while Pearson is a major doubt.
Highlighted Player (Terence Kongolo):
Despite being born in Fribourg, Switzerland Terence Kongolo plays for the Dutch national team. The 188-cm-tall centre back, who plays as a left back as well, began his club career at Feyenoord and he has been playing for de Trots van Zuid ever since.
Kongolo has established himself as one of the team’s key players and it is no surprise Louis Van Gaal included him in the Netherlands 2014 FIFA World Cup squad. The defender came as a substitute in the final group game against Chile. The Oranje won the bronze medal at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, beating hosts Brazil in the third-place play offs.
It has to be noted that he was part of the Netherlands U17 Team that clinched the trophy at the 2011 European Championship finals. Kongolo made 29 appearances for Feyenoord in the 2015/2016 Eredivisie campaign, while playing six games in the Dutch Cup. His contract with Feyenoord expires on 30 June, 2018.
Highlighted Team (Preston):
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.