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Having won his opening two matches in charge of Preston, recently-appointed boss Ryan Lowe would not have envisaged the subsequent four-game period without success.
However, after witnessing his team succumb to a 1-0 defeat to Swansea City in South Wales, North End produced one of their best performances of the season to see off promotion-chasing West Bromwich Albion on away territory.
Lowe’ side were full value for their 2-0 victory at The Hawthorns, Emil Riis Jakobsen‘s 10th goal of the season being followed by a debut effort from Aston Villa loanee Cameron Archer.
Although they sit down in 13th position and remain eight points adrift of the playoffs, there is a feeling that a couple more shrewd additions could help Preston launch an unlikely promotion bid.
That said, their form at Deepdale must improve over the coming months, with their current four-game unbeaten run featuring three draws.
Despite the quick turnaround, Lowe will almost certainly look to select the same Preston XI which started at West Brom on Wednesday night.
That would see Archer remain among the replacements and Ryan Ledson retaining his place in the middle of the pitch, allowing Alan Browne to play slightly further forward.
Given the clubs’ ongoing injury issues, Pearson is unlikely to make many alterations to the Bristol City side which went down at Luton.
Joe Williams, who made his first appearance in two months off the substitutes’ bench, and Ayman Benarous are both options in midfield if Pearson opts for a fresh face.
Danny Simpson may also be considered for a start at right wing-back, but the likes of George Tanner, Matty James and Andy King are all expected to remain sidelined.
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Preston North End possible starting lineup:
Iversen; Van den Berg, Bauer, Hughes; Potts, Ledson, Whiteman, Cunningham; Browne; Riis Jakobsen, Evans
Bristol City possible starting lineup:
O’Leary; Vyner, Kalas, Pring; Dasilva, Massengo, Scott, O’Dowda; Weimann; Semenyo, Martin