14th placed Preston North End take on sixth-placed Bournemouth in Saturday's SkyBet Championship clash. 

Preston head into the tie off the back of a disappointing 2-1 loss away at Millwall, whilst the Cherries move into Saturday's game after securing a late win over Bristol City in midweek. 

Jonathan Woodgate's men will be hoping to further secure their place in the play-offs and potentially start a late surge for automatic promotion as a win on the weekend could move them to within five points of second place.

• Team news

Preston have been hit with a huge injury list this season and will be without Patrick Bauer, Ryan Ledson, Declan Rudd, Paul Gallagher, Liam Lindsay, Bill Bodin and Louis Moult on Saturday. 

Midfielder Alex Browne picked up a slight knock last weekend and after missing the game against Millwall in the week, he could return to the bench for this fixture. 

Tom Barkhuizen and Daniel Johnson started on the bench last time out but after a disappointing performance, they could be considered for a return to the starting XI.

Woodgate has just one confirmed absentee; David Brooks will miss out as he is still recovering from an ankle injury. 

Right-back Jack Stacey is likely to replace Adam Smith in defence and Philip Billing could be brought into midfield after having a positive impact from the bench against Bristol City.

Jack Wilshere is available for selection again after serving a one-game ban for a second yellow card against Watford.

• Predicted lineups

Preston North End

Iversen; Van den Berg, Storey, Hughes, Cunningham; Whiteman, Molumby; Sinclair, Johnson, Barkhuizen; Evans.

Preston boss Alex Neil likes to operate in a 4-2-3-1 formation, turning it into a 4-5-1 when defending. Ben Whiteman and Jayson Molumby are likely hold in midfield with Johnson adopting a more attacking role when they go forward. Ched Evans should lead the line. 


Begovic; Stacey, Cook, Carter-Vickers, Kelly; Lerma, Cook, Billing; Stanislas, Solanke, Danjuma.

Since Woodgate has come in, the Cherries have stuck with a 4-3-3 formation. Junior Stanislas and Arnaut Danjuma are likely to play on the flanks with Dominic Solanke upfront.

• Ones to watch

Scott Sinclair - Preston North End

31-year-old Scott Sinclair has vast amounts of experience and brings a touch of quality to the Preston front line. 

This season he has struck nine goals and his impact on play in the final third is excellent as he is often the driving force in Preston's positive output.

He has the highest minutes per goal average in the whole Preston squad and his ability to finish chances has single-handedly won the Lilywhites points this campaign. 

Sinclair is direct in his approach play and gives defenders something to think about when he gets going. His final ball is usually textbook and he could be a key figure if Preston are to get something from this game. 

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Junior Stanislas - Bournemouth

Stanislas has been one of Bournemouth's key performers this campaign, having notched ten goals and three assists. He also has the highest average rating in the Cherries squad, proving how consistent he has been. 

The 31-year-old has brilliant technical ability. His first touch, final ball and eye for goal are all attributes of his that are admirable. He has the ability to change a game and he is usually a handful for opposing defenders.

Two of his ten goals, two have been from direct free-kicks and he has the quality to score from all types of positions with either foot and even his head.

If he is on his game this weekend, he could run riot against a Preston defence that have conceded 44 goals this season. 

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• Previous meetings

Out of the last seven meetings between these two sides, Preston have won three, Bournemouth have won two and there have been two draws. 

Before their clash earlier on this season, their last league clash was a League One game right back in 2013. 

When they met this season, Preston ran out 3-2 winners with goals from Barkhuizen, Sinclair and Bauer enough to see them past the Cherries

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• Where to watch

The game kicks off at 15:00 BST on Saturday 6 March 2021.

For Preston fans, the game can be watched by purchasing a live video match pass which can be found in the iFollow section of their website. 

Bournemouth fans can follow the same process by clicking on the AFCBTV section of their website.

Both are for a cost of £10.

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