Our football match prediction:
Saturday’s football game at Deepdale Stadium pits together Preston and Barnsley. The Lilywhites sit in the relegation zone ahead of the visit of Barnsley and they are desperate to start a new winning run in the Championship. Preston have already suffered four defeats in the 2016/2017 campaign, but Saturday’s game against Paul Heckingbottom’s troops could be the turning point for the hosts. The Tykes impressed in a 4-0 win over Rotherham United on Matchday 5, with the team extending their brilliant goal-scoring run in the Championship. Barnsley are high on confidence ahead of the trip to Preston and that is one of the main reasons we predict the visitors are going to emerge triumphant in Saturday’s clash. Paul Heckingbottom’s men were beaten by Ipswich Town and Huddersfield Town in previous two away fixtures, but the time has come for the Tykes to record their first away win of the season.
Highlighted Player (Tom Clarke):
Tom Clarke is a defender who plays for Preston North End. He used to play for Huddersfield Town, Halifax (loan), Bradford City (loan) and Leyton Orient (loan) in the past and in May, 2013 he joined the Lilywhites. On 5 August, 2013 Clarke scored the winner for Preston against Blackpool and it has to be noted that it was his only second appearance for the club. Tom is Nathan Clarke’s brother and his main position is centre back. However, the Preston footballer is capable of playing as both left and right back as well. Tom Clarke played for England U18 and U19 teams and he scored one goal for the national team at international youth level. Clarke won Football League One play-offs on two occasions. He did it with Huddersfield Town in 2012 and with Preston in 2015. He made 35 appearances for the Lilywhites in the 2015/2016 Championship campaign, but he failed to find the net.
Highlighted Team (Barnsley):
Barnsley are an English club nicknamed the Tykes. The club was founded in 1887 and it has to be noted that they spend more seasons in the Championship than any other club in the history. The Tykes played in the Sheffield and District League from 1890, but in 1895 they were part of the Midland League. Barnsley play their home games at Oakwell, the stadium that was built in 1887. The capacity of the stadium is 23,009 and it was opened back in 1888, just one year after the club’s foundation. The Tykes made it to the FA Cup final in 1910, but Newcastle United proved to be a big catch for the Oakwell outfit in the title game. Nonetheless, Barnsley won the FA Cup trophy in 1912 and that is considered the club’s biggest success. Barnsley defeated West Bromwich Albion in the two-legged tie (0-0, 1-0) to clinch the prestigious trophy for the first and only time in their history.