Preston vs Swansea preview
Last Updated: 11/01/19 11:01am
Preston's Ben Pearson is available to play against Swansea after completing a four-match ban.
Pearson was sent off for the second time this season at Sheffield Wednesday just before Christmas, and boss Alex Neil says the midfielder returns to Sky Bet Championship action with a point to prove.
Declan Rudd and Alan Browne will be restored to the starting XI after dropping to the bench for the FA Cup defeat to Doncaster. Jayden Stockley, Josh Ginnelly, Brad Potts and Connor Ripley are likely to feature in the matchday squad for the first time after joining the club this month.
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Swansea's sickness bug has cleared to provide manager Graham Potter with more selection options at Deepdale. Oli McBurnie, Wilfried Bony, Jefferson Montero, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Declan John and Joel Asoro all missed the FA Cup win at Aston Villa through illness.
But all six players have taken a full part in training this week and will make the trip north. Swansea are still without Tom Carroll (hip), although the midfielder is expected to resume training on Monday, and the only other absentee is long-term casualty Martin Olsson.
Preston have won their last two home league games against Swansea, although this is their first meeting at Deepdale since April 2011.
Swansea have won eight of their last 10 matches against Preston in all competitions (L2).
Only Villa Park (54) has seen more goals in Championship matches this season than Deepdale (49 - 28 goals, 21 conceded) with Preston both scoring and conceding in each of their last seven home league matches.
Swansea City have only lost one of their last 22 league games outside the top-flight in January (W13 D8), a 1-2 defeat to Leicester City back in 2011.
No player has scored more substitute goals in the Championship this season than Preston duo Louis Moult and Paul Gallagher (three each).
Preston boss Alex Neil will be facing Swansea City for the fourth time as a manager, beating Garry Monk's Swans back in November 2015, before losing each of his last two such meetings.
David Prutton predicts: 2-0 (11/1 with Sky Bet)