The Tony Pulis era kicks off at Deepdale …

Tony Pulis takes us to Preston tomorrow for his first game in charge of Wednesday, knowing that victory could lift the side out of the Championship bottom three.

After the point at home to Millwall before the international break, we sit one off the bottom of the table on six points, three adrift of Coventry in 21st spot after their goalless draw with Birmingham on Friday night but with a vastly superior goal difference. Bottom club Derby are at Bristol City on Saturday while Wycombe, one place and one point above us, entertain Brentford.

We wait to see whether Pulis changes the 3-5-2 formation favoured by predecessor Garry Monk and if he recalls Keiren Westwood in goal after he was frozen out by Monk.

Massimo Luongo could be fit to return to the midfield after his knee problem but we will be without Kadeem Harris, who is serving the second match of his three-game ban.

In addition, Pulis could give an opportunity up front to Jordan Rhodes, particularly as Jack Marriott is rumoured to be injured, while fellow striker Callum Paterson may be left out after being away with the Scottish squad during the international break.

Scotland team-mate Liam Palmer could also miss out for the same reason.

Pulis has not given out any recent team news but at his first press conference on Monday he talked about the squad suffering injuries in recent days and it has been reported that, as well as possibly Marriott, this could also include Dominic Iorfa.

Preston have lost all five home league games this season but we are seeking our first win at Deepdale since December 2011 when we won 2-0 thanks to goals from loanee pair Danny Batth and Ben Marshall.




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