Preston v QPR preview
Last Updated: 01/12/17 1:26pm
Preston welcome Ben Pearson back from suspension for the visit of QPR.
Pearson has served a one-game ban and will replace Daniel Johnson in the squad after his fifth booking of the season earned him a ban. Josh Earl's expected return to action has been delayed by several weeks after a minor knee operation.
Tommy Spurr (knee), Greg Cunningham and Sean Maguire (both hamstring) are long-term absentees but Tom Clarke and Declan Rudd each played 90 minutes in the Lancashire Senior Cup tie against Bury.
QPR, without an away win all season, will be without Luke Freeman through suspension. The midfielder scored the dramatic equaliser in Monday's 2-2 draw with Brentford but also collected a fifth booking and serves a one-match ban.
Ryan Manning could step in but boss Ian Holloway is likely to be short in defence again. Joel Lynch, Nedum Onuoha, Grant Hall, James Perch, Steven Caulker and Darnell Furlong are set to miss out again.
Preston are unbeaten in their last 11 home league games against QPR (W5 D6).
The Hoops haven't won at Deepdale since February 1980, winning 3-0 with goals from Clive Allen, Glenn Roeder and Paul Goddard under manager Tommy Docherty.
Since scoring in 18 consecutive Championship matches at Deepdale, Preston have failed to score in three of their last five, including each of their last two.
Ian Holloway has failed to win any of his last eight league visits to Deepdale (D3 L5) since a 2-1 win in November 1997 as Bristol Rovers boss.
Tom Barkhuizen has had a hand in more Championship goals than any other Preston player this season (9, four goals and five assists).
QPR are winless in 16 away league games (D5 L11), their worst run outside of the Premier League since September 1999 (also 16) - should they fail to win at Deepdale it would be their longest away winless run out of the top-flight since September 1998 (24 matches without a win).
How did QPR get out of that one on Monday night? Two goals down in the 93rd minute and somehow they managed to get a draw against Brentford. Remarkable. And it's important for Ian Holloway's side to keep on picking up points at home, because their away form has been dreadful so far.
Preston, meanwhile, have had a couple of good results lately and they'll fancy another three points here. I think this will be a draw though.
David Prutton predicts: 1-1 (5/1 with Sky Bet)