Stoke vs Preston preview
Preston North End visit the Britannia on Saturday as the Potters continue to try and halt their poor start to the season with a win. Preston will be confident of going back with all three points with some Stoke fans refusing to back the manager and planning a demonstration before the game
Chairman, Peter Coates has reacted to the chorus of disapproval directed at Tony Pulis: 'the guy hasn't been in the job five minutes. Give him a chance'. By 5pm tomorrow we will see if his wish has been granted.
Stoke City Team News:
Stoke look set to put Villa loan signing, Lee Hendrie straight into the squad. Ricardo Fuller should also get his chance of a home debut against his old club. Clint Hill is suspended after his sending off last week at Wolves.
Player to watch: Steve Simonsen
The reliable keeper will be hoping that he can keep a clean sheet this week, hopefully without having to save a penalty as he did at the same fixture last season in which the Potters managed a 0-0 draw.
Preston Team News:
Preston have started well under new manager, Paul Simpson and currently lie in fourth place. Although they did come a cropper to a certain Burslem club in a recent Carling Cup match.
Player to watch: Patrick Agyemang
The Ghanian international has been in fine form in the few games he has played this season, scoring three goals in PNE's three wins so far this month.
Match Facts & Stats
Last season's televised game at Deepdale was during City's fine early run of away form which saw us come away with all three points thanks to a goal from Paul Gallagher. The return leg was goalless thanks to a Simo penalty save.
Sat 14th Oct: Leeds (away) kick-off: 3pm
Tue 17th Oct: Sunderland (home) kick-off: 7.45pm
Sat 21st Oct: Southampton (away) kick-off: 3pm