Preston North End bidding to avoid a record low number of victories at Deepdale
Preston North End will have to win their final two home games of the season to avoid an unwanted club record.
The Lilywhites have only five Championship victories to their name at Deepdale in the 2020/21 campaign.
In a 46-match season, the previous lowest number of home wins is seven.
Their remaining games at Deepdale are against Derby a week on Tuesday and Barnsley on May 1.
Four times in 46-game seasons, PNE have recorded seven home wins.
They did so first in the 1985/86 re-election season, then again in 2010/11 when they were relegated from the Championship.
The following campaign back in League One they won seven at home, then again in 2015/16 in their first season after promotion.
Whatever the outcome of the games against Derby and Barnsley, North End will finish the season with more away wins than at home for only the fourth time in their history.
That previously happened in 2017/18 (nine home, 10 away), 2015/16 (seven home, eight away) and 1955/56 (six home, eight away) – 55/56 was a 42-game season. Preston’s home record in the wake of Saturday’s 5-0 drubbing by Brentford, is won five, drawn five, lost 11.
Only in 1985/86 and 2010/11 have they lost 12 league games at home.
This season North End lost their first five home games before beating Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 in November.
Middlesbrough, Bristol City, Coventry and Huddersfield are the other teams they have won against at Deepdale.
On the road, their record stands up to scrutiny.
They have won nine, drawn just once and lost 10. Just four teams have won more away matches – Norwich, Brentford, Swansea and Barnsley – with Cardiff matching North End’s nine away wins.
The Deepdale record does point to PNE missing their fans since lockdown.
Last season, North End had won 11 and drawn three of their 19 home matches before the pandemic saw the turnstiles shut in March 2020.
When the season restarted, they won one of their four games at Deepdale.
Preston head to Stoke this weekend, before Derby’s visit to Lancashire.
They face Coventry at Birmingham’s St Andrew’s ground on April 24, before hosting Barnsley. Their final game is against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on May 8.
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