As it happened: Preston North End 2-1 Coventry City

Preston North End host Coventry City in the Championship, kick off at 7:45pm.

By Tom Sandells
Wednesday, 20th October 2021, 6:18 pm
Updated Wednesday, 20th October 2021, 9:42 pm
Deepdale stadium ahead of tonight's game.
Deepdale stadium ahead of tonight's game.

North End will be hoping for a much needed win and we will have all the build up and action throughout the evening so make sure to refresh the page (F5) so you don't muss a thing.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 20 October, 2021, 20:31

No need to switch system for Coventry’s visit

Frankie McAvoy says he will always be open to a change of formation but has questioned whether Preston North End’s clash with Coventry tonight is the right time to do that.

The PNE head coach has started with a 3-5-2 in 22 of his 23 matches in charge, the exception being the first against Norwich in April.

Last Saturday against Derby, McAvoy switched to a 4-2-3-1 for the latter stages.

The Scot did question, with a degree of hindsight, whether he might have been better starting with a back four as it nullified Derby’s approach.

However, McAvoy feels the 3-5-2 might still be better suited for Coventry’s visit to Deepdale (7.45pm).

McAvoy said: “There have been a few times when we’ve changed to a back four and had our fingers burnt.

“I felt with hindsight on Saturday that maybe we could have started that way.”

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PNE have won their last four league games against Coventry, without conceding.

They are also unbeaten in their last 15 league games against the Sky Blues.

Coventry aiming for history

Coventry City have never won a league game at Deepdale, they have drawn seven and lost 12.

PNE Starting XI: Iversen, Storey, Bauer, Hughes, van den Berg, Browne, Whiteman, Johnson, Earl, Riis, Sinclair.

PNE Subs: Rudd, Lindsay, Cunningham, Ledson, Potts, Barkhuizen, Murphy.

Frankie McAvoy has opted for two changes tonight, Scott Sinclair and Ben Whiteman coming in for Tom Barkhuizen and Ryan Ledson - maintaining the 3-5-2.

PNE have kept four clean sheets in a row on Wednesday nights, since a 2-0 loss to Millwall in October last year.

A huge achievement for the skipper

Alan Browne makes his 300th appearance for PNE tonight, which elevates him to 27th in the all-time North End appearance list.

More of the same please

The last time Coventry played on a Wednesday night they lost 5-0 - to Luton Town.

Both sets of players are back down the tunnel doing their final preparations before kick off...

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