Simon Grayson’s Preston North End sit just five points adrift of the top six in the Championship as we rapidly approach the business end of the campaign and a late push could lift them into the play-off places. They will be given a chance to take a step towards this on Saturday afternoon when they welcome struggling Nottingham Forest to Deepdale.
To be honest Preston North End have been pretty hit-and-miss over recent weeks although they have suffered just a single defeat in their last eight outings. A 3-0 win over promotion hopefuls Reading earlier this month was sandwiched between draws with Derby County and Blackburn Rovers, however their form at Deepdale is thoroughly impressive with just a single defeat at home since October, this being a 4-1 loss to Leeds United on Boxing Day.
It’s hard to ignore such impressive home form, especially since this weekend’s visitors are struggling near to the relegation zone. Nottingham Forest sit just a single point above the bottom three as things stand and with just one win in their last eight Championship games, we don’t fancy their chances of collecting all three points at Deepdale.
Nevertheless the visitors put three past title-challengers Brighton & Hove Albion without reply earlier this month and with four goals in their subsequent three outings we’ll be expecting them to get themselves onto the scoresheet on Saturday afternoon, although it won’t be enough to manage a share of the spoils.