Preston North End vs Derby County preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
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Preston North End will be looking for their first league win in seven matches when they welcome Derby County to Deepdale on Saturday.

The Lilywhites drew five consecutive matches before losing 3-2 at Queens Park Rangers in their final game before the international break. 

Frankie McAvoy's side have 11 points from as many games and currently sit 18th in the table.

The Rams are bottom of the Championship on two points but would be 14th if they hadn't received a 12-point deduction for entering administration.

Derby have appealed against the deduction, claiming the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic caused the situation.

Despite their off-field issues, Wayne Rooney's side have continued to put in spirited performances. They have won two, drawn one and lost one since discovering they would enter administration, with their most recent outing ending goalless at home to Swansea City.

  • Trevor Hemmings to be remembered

Preston owner Trevor Hemmings sadly passed away this week aged 86. Tickets for the match are now priced at £5 for home and away fans, with all gate receipts donated to charities that Hemmings supported.

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  • Team news

Preston North End

The Lilywhites will be missing Ali McCann, Matthew Olosunde and Ched Evans through injury. 

Patrick Bauer is available after going off injured against QPR, while Tom Barkhuizen could make his first appearance since the opening day defeat to Hull City.

Sean Maguire also went off against the R's with a hamstring injury but could feature.

There's been no update on defender Andrew Hughes, who missed the last two games with a toe injury.

Long-term absentees Izzy Brown and Connor Wickham remain sidelined.

Derby County

Derby right-back Nathan Byrne is suspended after receiving his fifth yellow card of the season against Swansea.

Phil Jagielka and Sam Baldock are available after their respective injuries. 

Their long-term absentees are Colin Kazim-Richards (Achilles) and Krystian Bielik (knee).

  • Predicted lineups

Preston North End: Iversen; Storey, Bauer, Cunningham; van den Berg, Browne, Ledson, Earl; Johnson; Riis, Sinclair.

Derby County: Allsop; Ebosele, Jagielka, Davies, Forsyth; Bird, Shinnie; Knight, Morrison, Lawrence; Baldock.

  • Ones to watch

Former Derby youth player Emil Riis Jakobsen is the player to watch for Preston. The 23-year-old Dane never played a first-team game for the Rams and moved back to Denmark in 2018, signing for Randers.

After two seasons in the Danish Superliga, the forward joined the Lilywhites in 2020. So far this campaign, he has scored eight goals and provided two assists in all competitions. 

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The Rams' one to watch is Republic of Ireland international Jason Knight. The 20-year-old midfielder missed the first month of the season through injury but has impressed since returning. 

Knight started the last two matches on the wing, a position not unfamiliar to him. He has provided one assist so far this campaign, which came in the 1-0 win over Reading. The energetic Irishman was also Derby's standout performer against Swansea.

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  • Previous meetings

Preston have won the last three meetings between the sides, including the 3-0 victory back in April at Deepdale. 

The Lilywhites suffered a 1-0 home loss in this fixture in July 2020, with a delightful Rooney free-kick earning the Rams three points.

In total, they've met 122 times. Preston have won 52 compared to Derby's 47, while they've drawn 23 times.

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  • How to watch

Saturday's match kicks off at 15:00 BST and is available to overseas supporters on Preston's iFollow or Rams TV, with passes costing £10.

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