Preston v Reading

01 October 2010 02:07
Preston defender Wayne Brown, who missed the dramatic 6-4 win at Leeds, looks likely to return to the squad.Josh King could also return after an ankle injury, but fellow on-loan Manchester United player Matt James is still sidelined with his ankle problem. [LNB]Reading will be without captain Matt Mills, who is suspended after being sent off against Ipswich. [LNB]But defender Zurab Khizanishvili is available again as he has served a ban, as has midfielder Brian Howard. [LNB][LNB] MATCH PREVIEW After back-to-back wins - including a remarkable 6-4 victory at Leeds in midweek - Preston are hoping to put their dismal start to the season behind them.[LNB] [LNB][LNB] North End, who were 4-1 down against Leeds, are looking to give their home fans something to cheer and register three consecutive wins for the first time since Darren Ferguson was appointed manager last season. [LNB]League games involving Preston this season have produced 32 goals, but only two of those have been scored by Ferguson's men at Deepdale. They will be looking to change that against Reading, who have also won their last two matches. [LNB]A win for Reading would be their fifth in seven league outings. The Royals are particularly dangerous late on, having scored an unrivalled six goals in the final five minutes of matches this season. [LNB][LNB] MATCH FACTS Head-to-head[LNB]• This is the 50th competitive meeting between Preston and Reading. [LNB] Have your say on this match • North End have scored 100 goals against Reading: 50 at home and 50 away. [LNB]Preston[LNB]• Preston have lost six Championship matches this season. Only bottom side Leicester have lost as many. [LNB]• North End are also one of two second-tier sides without a draw this term. The other is Swansea. [LNB]• A defeat would be Preston's fourth at home, and equal their total of home losses for the whole of last season. [LNB]• If selected, Billy Jones will be making his 250th league start. [LNB]Reading[LNB]• A victory for Reading would make this their best run since they won four matches in a row in February/March. [LNB]• Reading have won more corners (76), and had more fouls committed against them (127) than any other club in the Championship. [LNB]• Goalkeeper Adam Federici is in line for his 100th career appearance.

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