As it happened: Preston North End 0-1 Luton Town
Preston North End host Luton Town in a huge game in the Championship as the home side look to salvage something from their season.
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Last updated: Saturday, 20 March, 2021, 15:40
Luton clash feels like a must-win game for Alex Neil's Preston
Preston’s season is delicately poised to the extent their game with Luton is being given ‘must win’ status.
That might sound a touch dramatic with nine matches remaining and the Lilywhites occupying 16th place – unspectacular but not fraught with danger as things stand.
There’s a bigger picture though, for a few reasons North End need three points in the bag. For starters they have taken one point from the last 12 on offer.
Secondly, their form in 2021 has bordered on the miserable, 12 points from 15 matches. That ratio spread over a season is relegation fodder.
After the international break, and this is the third point, are matches against three of the top four as the table currently stands.
To be preparing for that trio on the back of being winless in five would be a rather daunting prospect.
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A run to continue
PNE have won each of their last eight home games against Luton Town, a run that goes back to the 1980-81 season.
A first for the hatters
Luton are looking to complete a league double over PNE for the first time in their history, having competed against the Lilywhites in 23 different seasons.
Third time lucky?
Luton have only ever won today’s fixture twice and will be looking for their third this afternoon.
North End have been victorious on 16 occasions whilst drawing four times.
PNE Starting XI: Iversen, van den Berg, Storey, Lindsay, Rafferty, Whiteman, Ledson, Sinclair, Johnson, Gordon, Evans.
PNE Subs: Ripley, Huntington, Molumy, Gallagher, Potts, Barkhuizen, Bodin, Maguire, Riis.
There are four changes for PNE today, Ledson, Rafferty, Whiteman, Johnson and Gordon come in for Hughes, Browne, Gallagher, Potts and Barkhuizen.
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Adebayo gets the ball on the edge of the box a shoots before Storey gets in the way of it.
Evans’ header is deflected behind.
Ledson’s cross is met by van den Berg but his header is over the bar.