Our prediction for this Championship match:
Thanks to a 2-0 win over WBA Sheffield United secured automatic Premier League promotion and they are now on a quest to put the icing on the cake. Since the Blades have already got their job done, Paul Heckingbottom should mix the squad against Preston, with all Fleck, Sharp, and Norwood all pushing for a start. All Rhian Brewster, Enda Stevens, Ben Osborn, Jack O’Connell, and Rhys Norrington-Davies remain on the sidelines with injuries.
The Lilywhites, on the other hand, are eager to move closer to the playoffs berth, but beating United at Bramall Lane is easier said than done. Taking everything into account, we believe that both teams should be happy with one point from the match. All Emil Riis Jakobsen, Greg Cunningham, Ched Evans, and Alan Brown miss out through injuries, speaking of the visiting side. In their last meeting at the venue the two sides played out a 2-2 draw.
Highlighted Player (Oliver Norwood):
Oliver Norwood is a Reading midfielder who began his youth career at Manchester United. Norwood made his debut for the reserve team against Middlesbrough in November, 2007, but he did not get a chance to play for the first team. After ending his loan spell with Coventry City in 2012, the 180-cm-tall midfielder signed a contract with Huddersfield Town.
Oliver Norwood scored eight goals in 80 league appearances for the club between 2012 and 2014. Later in 2014 he joined Reading for an undisclosed fee and he made his debut for the Royals against Nottingham Forest on 23 August, 2014.
Norwood was born in Burnley, England and he has six caps for England U16 team. He played three games for the U17 team as well, but he then decided to represent Northern Ireland as his heritage is Northern Irish. Norwood made his debut for the Green and White Army on 11 August, 2010, in a 2-0 loss to Montenegro. He replaced Sammy Clingan in the second half of the match.
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.