Our prediction for this Championship match:
Despite being regarded as big underdogs in Saturday’s football match against Ipswich Town at Portman Road Stadium Rotherham United did well to share the spoils with the Tractor Boys on Matchday 16. The newcomers, though, are not capable of producing fine performances at this level and it is no surprise they are eight points behind the safe zone in the Championship standings. The rock-bottom team face a must-win situation against Preston and they are likely to go all guns blazing at the Lilywhites. Preston did remarkably well to beat Norwich City at Carrow Road in their last away game and that is giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the trip to South Yorkshire. The Lilywhites were beaten by Newcastle United in front of home fans at the weekend, but we predict that they will pick up all three points from Saturday’s clash against the out-of-sorts Millers.
Highlighted Player (Lee Frecklington):
Lee Frecklington is an English footballer who started his youth career at Lincoln City. He was making progress day by day in Lincoln’s youth and the Lincoln owners decided to count on him for the 2003/2004 season. The midfielder scored 21 goals in 124 appearances for the club and in 2013 he signed a deal with Rotherham United following a successful loan spell with the New York Stadium outfit.
Lee Frecklington has established himself as a first-team regular at Rotherham United and he scored five goals in 27 appearances for the club in the 2015/2016 Championship campaign. Despite being born in Lincoln, England, Frecklington played for Republic of Ireland B in a friendly game against Scotland in 2006. He is eligible to play for the Boys in Green as his maternal grandparents were born in Northern Ireland.
The Rotherham United midfielder won the League One play-offs with the Millers in the 2013/2014 campaign. He used to play for the likes of Stamford, Lincoln United and Peterborough United in the past 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.