Our prediction for this Championship match:
Swansea will be looking to build on back-to-back wins over Wigan and Huddersfield when they take on Preston in the Championship round 43. The Swans have been producing excellent displays in the season finale, but that is not going to help them book their spot in the playoffs. With no fresh injury worries to report, Russell Martin is unlikely to make changes to the team that defeated the Terriers at the weekend.
The Lilywhites, on the other hand, suffered a 2-0 loss to Millwall at the weekend, with the Lions putting an end to their three-game winning run. Preston are only one point behind the playoffs berth, but beating the in-form Swans in South Wales is easier said than done. Taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. Ched Evans remains on the sidelines through illness, while both Greg Cunningham and Emil Riis Jakobsen are sidelined with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Joe Allen):
Joe Allen is another high-quality footballer from the new generation of Wales internationals, who was part of the team that took Swansea from League One to the Premier League, and he had no problems adapting to arguably the strongest league championship in Europe.
Allen operated as a deep-lying playmaker as the Swans impressed upon reaching the elite division, with his excellent passing skills persuading Liverpool to splash £15 million on his services. The central midfielder didn’t exactly manage to develop into an indispensable member of the side at Anfield, but he is considered an important squad player and has always performed well when called upon.
Meanwhile, he has been one of the pillars of the most successful team in the Wales history together with Gareth Bale, Ashley Williams and Aaron Ramsey, while even representing Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Allen started five games for the Dragons as they secured the first ever appearance at the European Championship finals.
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.