What lies ahead for Preston North End in the Championship between now and the end of the year?

This is what lies ahead for Preston North End in the Championship between now and the end of the year

Preston North End have a testing run of eight fixtures between now and the end of 2018.

After a tough start to the season the Lilywhites are looking to pull further clear of the drop zone, currently sitting in 18th after the 1-0 win at Bristol City last time out. We take a closer look at the next few weeks below.

PNE return after the international break with a Deepdale derby. Rovers are enjoying life in the Championship after promotion and are just two points shy of the play-off places. In 10-goal midfielder Bradley Dack they have one of the league's standout performers

1. Blackburn Rovers (h) November 24

PNE return after the international break with a Deepdale derby. Rovers are enjoying life in the Championship after promotion and are just two points shy of the play-off places. In 10-goal midfielder Bradley Dack they have one of the league's standout performers
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A second home game in the space of a few days likely sees the return of Jordan Hugill, the club record sale not having been part of the Boro squad that made the trip in the League Cup earlier in the season. Tony Pulis' side are grinding out results and currently second will pose a really tough test

2. Middlesbrough (h) November 27

A second home game in the space of a few days likely sees the return of Jordan Hugill, the club record sale not having been part of the Boro squad that made the trip in the League Cup earlier in the season. Tony Pulis' side are grinding out results and currently second will pose a really tough test
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Many expected Garry Monk's side to struggle but defeat to Derby earlier in the month ended an 11-game unbeaten run. Currently 12th and six points ahead of North End, the Blues have October's player of the month Lukas Jutkiewicz in their ranks

3. Birmingham (a) December 1

Many expected Garry Monk's side to struggle but defeat to Derby earlier in the month ended an 11-game unbeaten run. Currently 12th and six points ahead of North End, the Blues have October's player of the month Lukas Jutkiewicz in their ranks
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Forest have spent big money in their pursuit of a long-awaited return to the top flight and are right in the thick of things, just one point outside the play-off places. A rare Saturday outing in Nottingham for PNE fans

4. Nottingham Forest (a) December 8

Forest have spent big money in their pursuit of a long-awaited return to the top flight and are right in the thick of things, just one point outside the play-off places. A rare Saturday outing in Nottingham for PNE fans
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