Preston v West Brom

02 October 2009 12:28
Manager Alan Irvine may make changes to his Preston side which lost to Reading.Liam Chivers picked up a dead leg but should be passed fit while Callum Davidson, Barry Nicholson and Paul Parry remain sidelined. West Brom's Luke Moore (knee) will miss his third consecutive game, but left-back Marek Cech (ankle) could return. Youssouf Mulumbu is fit despite picking up an ankle knock against Barnsley, while Jerome Thomas serves the final game of his three match suspension. MATCH PREVIEW This top of-the-table fixture has extra significance for both managers after unexpected defeats during the week brought their strong form to an abrupt halt. Three weeks ago West Brom manager Roberto Di Matteo proudly stated that his side could score from any position - now, after what he described as a "terrible" performance against Barnsley, his second-placed outfit have serious injury worries and one goal from three league and cup defeats. After watching his team slip to a shock home loss to Reading, Preston manager Alan Irvine was not in much better spirits, summing up his side's efforts in pithy style, by saying: "Not acceptable first half, excellent second half". But history is on Preston's side in this fixture. It is 50 years since West Brom last won a league match at Deepdale, and in 14 of their past 15 meetings the home team has been victorious. The other match was a rare draw. MATCH FACTS Head-to-head • Preston are unbeaten at home against West Brom in the last 10 matches. West Brom have not won at Deepdale since 1959. • It is 15 matches and 36 years since the away side won this fixture (West Brom 0-2 Preston 18 September 1973). • Their head-to-head record is very close. Having played 96 times, Preston have won 37 matches, West Brom have 36, with 23 draws. • There have only been four draws in the last 25 meetings. It is almost 53 years since the sides shared a 0-0 draw. Preston • Their 2-1 loss to Reading on Tuesday was North End's first home defeat of the season. • Preston have scored at least once in every game they have played this season. Only Newcastle have matched them. • If he plays, Chris Sedgwick will make his 500th club career appearance. West Bromwich Albion • Albion have lost two successive league games for the first time this season and lost their last three in all competitions. • They have not lost three in a row in the Championship since March 2007. • West Brom's 3-1 defeat against Barnsley was their first defeat in five away games. • Albion have the strongest attack in the Championship (21 goals) and have scored at least one goal in nine of their 10 matches. MOST RECENT MEETING Preston 2-1 West Brom (29 January 2008) Preston scorers: Mawene 6, Hawley 72. West Brom scorer: Gera 50.

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