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Preston vs Huddersfield predictions: Goals expected at Deepdale
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James Mason
Preston boss Ryan Lowe still has his eyes on a play-off place
Preston boss Ryan Lowe still has his eyes on a play-off place

- Preston have scored in 16 of their 20 home matches in the league this season
- Huddersfield have failed to score in just one of their last five games
- Recommended bet:
Over 2.5 goals

Two teams battling at different ends of the table meet at Deepdale in the Championship on Tuesday, with Preston aiming to keep their slim play-off hopes alive with a victory over struggling Huddersfield.

North End, who have a game in hand, are seven points adrift of Norwich in sixth and a perfect end to the campaign is likely needed if they are going to sneak into the top six.

Huddersfield are down in 21st position, just a point and a place above the drop zone, and the fight to avoid slipping down into League One looks like it will go right down to the wire.

Team news

Huddersfield boss Andre Breitenreiter has some injury issues to deal with
Huddersfield boss Andre Breitenreiter has some injury issues to deal with

Preston's treatment room is busy at this crucial stage of the campaign, with Ched Evans, Alan Browne and Ben Whiteman all expected to miss out due to injury.

Ryan Ledson and Brad Potts have also been sidelined of late and the duo are likely to be absent once again.

Huddersfield are short of options at the back, with Radinio Balker, Yuta Nakayama, Josh Ruffels and Tom Lees unavailable for this contest.

Midfielders Jonathan Hogg and Jack Rudoni are also missing, while Kian Harratt is suspended.

The stats

Preston have failed to score in just four of their 20 home assignments in the league, with over 2.5 goals landing in 15 of those fixtures.

The Lilywhites have struggled to keep the goals out at Deepdale, conceding 31 times and keeping just three clean sheets.

Huddersfield are on a two-game unbeaten run, having drawn 1-1 at Stoke before beating Millwall 1-0 last time out.

The Terriers have scored in four of their last five matches, with the only blank during that period coming at Rotherham.


There is a lot to play for in Tuesday's clash at Deepdale, with Preston still harbouring ambitions of a play-off spot and Huddersfield desperately trying to avoid relegation.

North End's form has dropped in the last two matches, having collected just one point, while the Terriers have amassed four points from the last six on offer.

Huddersfield's away form makes them hard to back, though, with just one win recorded from their last 12 road assignments in all competitions.

Therefore, it may prove prudent to look at over 2.5 goals, given the fact both teams will be doing all they can to secure the victory for very different reasons.

With plenty of goals witnessed at Deepdale this season and the Terriers in decent scoring form, there could be plenty of action at both ends in Lancashire.

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