Preston vs Sheffield Wednesday preview
Last Updated: 26/04/19 12:02pm
Preston midfielder Ben Pearson is back in contention for his side's home game against Sheffield Wednesday following suspension.
Pearson served a three-game ban after his straight red card in the recent home defeat to Leeds. But another midfielder, Ryan Ledson, starts a four-match suspension following his second red card of the season in Monday's defeat at Wigan.
Skipper Tom Clarke, Tom Barkhuizen, Alan Browne, Andrew Hughes, Brandon Barker, Josh Harrop and Brad Potts all remain sidelined.
Wednesday goalkeeper Keiren Westwood could return to contention after a knee injury. Cameron Dawson will resume in goal if Westwood, who returned to training this week after missing the last two matches, fails to prove his fitness.
Midfielder Sam Hutchinson remains doubtful due to the hamstring problem which forced him to miss Monday's home win against Bristol City. The Owls are four points adrift of the final play-off spot with two games remaining.
Preston have lost six of their last nine league matches against Sheffield Wednesday (W2 D1 L6).
Sheffield Wednesday have won just one of their last 20 away league games against Preston (W1 D9 L10), a 2-0 win in December 2011.
Preston have lost five of their last six Championship games (W1 D0 L5) - one more than they'd lost in their last 28 league matches.
Steve Bruce lost his first three league visits to Preston North End, but won there on his most recent visit in November 2017 with Aston Villa (2-0).
Preston have lost none of their last 35 Championship matches when they've gone ahead (W25 D10 L0), since a 2-3 defeat to Middlesbrough on New Year's Day in 2018.
Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Barry Bannan has registered 10 league assists this season - as many as in his previous two campaigns combined.
David Prutton predicts: 1-2 (10/1 with Sky Bet)