Stoke City v Preston North End team news: Two changes for PNE and a change of role for Sepp van den Berg

Alan Browne and Greg Cunningham returned to the Preston North End starting XI against Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium.

By Dave Seddon
Saturday, 17th April 2021, 1:26 pm

The pair replaced Liam Lindsay and Brad Potts - Lindsay unable to face his parent club while Potts dropped to the bench.

Cunningham was expected to play at left wing-back with Tom Barkhuizen switching to the right hand side.

That enabled Sepp van den Berg to move into the centre of defence alongside Jordan Storey and Andrew Hughes.

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Browne joined Ryan Ledson and Ben Whiteman in midfield, the skipper the further forward of the three.

Emil Riis and Ched Evans continued their partnership in the attack.

On the bench there were returns from injury for Sean Maguire and Connor Ripley.

Kick-off is 12.30pm.

Preston North End defender Sepp van den Berg

Stoke: Davies, Smith, Chester, Souttar, Norrington-Davies, Mikel, Tymon, Clucas, Powell, Fletcher, Norton. Subs: Batth, Vokes, Brown, Cousins, Thompson, Coates, Matondo, Tatlor, Gunn.

PNE: Iversen, van den Berg, Storey, Hughes, Barkhuizen, Ledson, Whiteman, Cunningham, Browne, Riis, Evans. Subs: Bayliss, Molumby, Huntington, Maguire, Sinclair, Bodin, Gordon, Potts, Ripley.

Referee: James Linington (Isle of Wight)

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