Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
Saturday’s football match at Deepdale pits together Preston and Mansfield, who go head to head in the Carabao Cup round 1. The Lilywhites were struggling to find their form in the last season finale, and, as a result, they missed out on a place in the Championship playoffs. Preston are eager to make amends for the unsuccessful campaign, and we are positive that they will take the EFL Cup clash seriously. Seeing that the Championship side outplayed Salford 3-1 in their first pre-season match, home win should be considered.
Mansfield, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a warm-up match against Rotherham (0-3), and seeing that they played last competitive match back in March, 2020, we predict that the League Two side will return home empty-handed. When the two teams met in the Carabao Cup in 2004 Preston rolled over Mansfield 4-0.
Highlighted Player (Alan Browne):
Alan Browne is a Republic of Ireland international who plays for Preston North End as a central midfielder. Born in Cork on April 15, 1999, Browne began his youth career at Ringmahon Rangers, but he soon moved to his hometown club Cork City.
Despite being part of the Cork City senior team, he did not enjoy first-team football with the Rebel Army. On January 1, 2014 Alan Browne signed a deal with Preston North End in the League One and one year later he helped the Lilywhites beat Preston in the play-off final and secure promotion to the Championship.
The 179-cm-tall midfielder has established himself as a first-team regular at Preston and it has to be noted that he played for the Ireland national team in the past as well. Alan Browne made his Republic of Ireland debut on February 6, 2017 in a friendly game against Mexico.
Highlighted Team (Mansfield):
Founded in 1897, Mansfield Town are a professional club that compete in the League 2, the English fourth tier. The Stags are well known for their yellow shirts and blue shorts, while the colour of their away kit is black. Field Mill is the club’s home ground, the stadium with the capacity of 9,186.
The venue was built back in 1861 and renovated in 1999. Chesterfield and Notts County are regarded as the club’s fiercest rivals. Mansfield Town did well to win the Football League Trophy in 1986/1987 season, with the team beating Bristol City on penalties at Wembley Stadium.
The two teams played out a 1-1 draw in the regular time, with Kevin Kent and Glyn Riley scoring for Mansfield Town and Bristol City respectively. Goalkeeper Rod Arnold is the player with most appearances as he played 513 games for the Stags in all competitions.