As it happened: Preston North End 1-1 Bournemouth
Preston North End welcome former Premier League side Bournemouth to Deepdale as the visitors look to made an immediate return to the top flight.
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LIVE: PNE vs Bournemouth
Last updated: Saturday, 06 March, 2021, 15:27
- Full Time: PNE 1-1 Bournemouth
- PNE starting XI: Iversen, van den Berg, Storey, Huntington, Cunningham, Whiteman, Browne, Barkhuizen, Johnson, Sinclair, Evans.
- North End will be looking to correct the late loss to Millwall and carry on from their win against the Cherries earlier on in the season.
- Bournemouth need a win to make sure they stay in the play-off places.
Bournemouth have the Premier League experience and the squad
Preston boss Alex Neil feels Bournemouth have to be considered contenders for promotion this season given their track record in the top flight.
Today’s Deepdale visitors were relegated from the Premier League last season after a five-year stay.
Over that time, the Cherries spent handsomely on fleshing out their squad and many of those players are still at the Vitality Stadium.
Neil said: “Any team that comes down from the Premier League will be considered as a contender because they’ve accumulated, over five years of being in the division, Premier League players and a Premier League squad.
“They have guys who are on vast amounts of money, internationals who have competed at the highest level in this country.”
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They come in threes
PNE have the chance to make it three in a row against Bournemouth this afternoon, for the first time in their history.
Our man on the inside at a beautiful Deepdale
Keep it clean
PNE have not won a home league game this season in which they have conceded a goal, their last 14 games in total where they have conceded they have failed to win.
Their last five home wins have come when keeping a clean sheet.
PNE starting XI: Iversen, van den Berg, Storey, Huntington, Cunningham, Whiteman, Browne, Barkhuizen, Johnson, Sinclair, Evans.
PNE Subs: Ripley, Rafferty, Bayliss, Molumby, Gallagher, Potts, Gordon, Riis, Maguire.
Andrew Hughes misses out with a knock today and the other three who started against Millwall make the bench - Brad Potts, Jayson Molumby and Anthony Gordon.
In come Paul Huntington, Alan Browne, Daniel Johnson and Tom Barkhuizen.
The Cherries are making the most of him...
The teams are out
Both sides are now on the pitch, kick off just moments away.
We’re underway at Deepdale!
He’s at it already...
PNE break down the right side after a nice flick from Ched Evans, Pearson tracks across and fouls Barkhuizen who turns inside.
Lloyd Kelly finds some space inside the PNE box, Danjuma plays it to his feet and the left back’s effort is just saved by Iversen at full stretch.
Pause in play
There’s a pause in play as Adam Smith receives treatment for a head injury after a collision with Daniel Johnson.
Cook’s shot blocked
Lewis Cook has a go from the edge of the box but it hits a PNE leg and it’s comfortable in the end for Iversen.
Iversen palms to safety
Lerma checks inside Alan Browne and lets fly on his left foot but the big Dane is equal to it.