• Sky Bet Championship
  • Date: Sun 26 December 2010
  • Kick-off: 15:00
  • Venue: Glanford Park

Scunthorpe United vs Preston North End


Form Guide - Sky Bet Championship

Scunthorpe United

W L W D L L D D

Preston North End

W L L D D L W D
Head to Head
Preston
2-3
Scunthorpe 19-Oct-2010
Preston
3-2
Scunthorpe 10-Apr-2010
Scunthorpe
3-1
Preston 15-Sep-2009
Preston
0-1
Scunthorpe 26-Dec-2007
Scunthorpe
2-1
Preston 18-Sep-2007
Scunthorpe
1-0
Preston 07-Mar-1964



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Jonathan to hold the Forte for Scunny

Scunthorpe have been dealt a blow ahead of the visit of Preston after on-loan striker Freddie Sears was recalled by parent club West Ham.

Sears had been expected to stay at Glanford Park until January 3 but Hammers manager Avram Grant has decided to terminate the 21-year-old's loan in the hope he can add some firepower to his squad as he looks to drag his team off the bottom of the Barclays Premier League.

However, defender David Mirfin will return from a foot injury while Josh Wright, Michael O'Connor and Chris Dagnall have shaken off viruses.

Defensive trio Michael Raynes (thigh), Jim McNulty (ankle) and Niall Canavan (knee) remain sidelined while Jonathan Forte should come in for Sears.

Preston boss Darren Ferguson may call on midfielder Barry Nicholson.

The former Aberdeen man has been an unused substitute in five of the last six games as he feels his way back to full fitness after twice breaking a leg.

But Nicholson believes he has now reached full fitness and Ferguson could also have Matty James and Paul Coutts available after injury.

Iain Hume's 93-day stay from Barnsley has expired but the former Leicester striker is expected to return to Deepdale in a permanent transfer when the transfer window opens in January.

On-loan Manchester United striker Josh King has recovered from an ankle injury and could start up front against Ian Baraclough's struggling side.

Sky Bet Championship table

Pos Team Pld GD Pts
1 Aston Villa 0 0 0
2 Barnsley 0 0 0
3 Birmingham 0 0 0
4 Blackburn 0 0 0
5 Brentford 0 0 0
6 Brighton 0 0 0
7 Bristol City 0 0 0
8 Burton Albion 0 0 0
9 Cardiff 0 0 0
10 Derby 0 0 0

Full Sky Bet Championship Table