Preston North End vs SouthamptonEngland Championship, KO: 19:45 Oct 25, 2023, Deepdale
Preston North End will be looking to snap out of a recent poor run of form as they welcome Southampton to Deepdale for a midweek Championship fixture. The Saints have impressed in recent weeks and are expected to compound Preston's problems on Wednesday.
Preston North End head into Tuesday’s clash off the back of a 1-1 draw with Millwall in their previous Championship fixture. They took an early lead through Mads Frokjaer-Jenson but were quickly pegged back by the visitors.
That result extends Preston North End’s poor run of form as they are now winless in their last five matches. Ryan Lowe’s men suffered three defeats in that run and while they remain fourth on the table the likes of Southampton, Sunderland and Birmingham are breathing down their neck.
Things are just as rough for Preston North End at Deepdale as they are winless in their last two home matches. They were beaten 4-0 by West Bromwich Albion before last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Millwall.
In contrast to Preston North End’s struggles, Southampton appear to be finding their feet in recent times. They are unbeaten in their last four matches and can jump to third on the Championship standings if results go their way in midweek.
Southampton picked up a 2-1 victory at Hull City in their previous Championship fixture. Will Smallbone opened the scoring early in the contest while Ryan Fraser stuck an injury time winner with the game seemingly destined for a draw.
That was the second straight away win for Southampton, who also earned a 1-0 victory at Stoke City in their previous fixture on the road. However, Russell Martin’s men have only kept just one clean sheet in their last seven away matches across all competitions.
How the bookies view it
Southampton have the upper hand among the bookies and are priced at 6/5 by William Hill to claim the win. Preston North End are considered outsiders with a home win valued 23/10 by BoyleSports while a draw is set at odds of 5/2 by BetVictor.
Head to head
Southampton have a 4-3 edge with three draws from 10 different meetings with Preston North End. All of Southampton’s wins have come in the last four meetings, including a 3-1 victory in a friendly at Deepdale back in 2019.
Players to watch
Will Keane is the leading scorer for Preston North End with four Championship goals, although he has struggled to find his form in recent weeks. The forward’s goals are pivotal to Preston and he could be backed to rediscover his scoring touch on Tuesday at 12/5 with bet365.
As always Southampton will look to Adam Armstrong to provide the spark in attack having scored seven Championship goals so far. The attacker is priced at 7/4 by bet365 to find the net on Tuesday.
Anything else catch the eye?
Preston North End and Southampton have not been particularly solid at the back this season and could be set to produce goals on Tuesday. Both teams to score is priced at 4/6 with William Hill over 2.5 goals is valued at 4/5 with 10bet while bet365 is offering odds of 2/1 for over 3.5 goals.
Southampton scored in both halves in their previous Championship fixture and could be set for a repeat at 9/4 with bet365.
This England Championship match between Preston North End and Southampton will be played on Oct 25, 2023 and kick off at 19:45. Check below for our tipsters best Preston North End vs Southampton prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.