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Paul Connolly: Set to debut for North End

Paul Connolly: Set to debut for North End

Preston will be looking to avoid a fourth straight defeat in all competitions.

One of those losses came at the hands of the Sky Blues, who completed a dramatic late turnaround to dump Graham Westley's side out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

North End have faired little better in the league of late, lying 16th with a 1-0 victory at basement boys Hartlepool their only three-point haul in 10 matches.

Keith Keane (knee) and Scott Laird (broken leg) remain on the sidelines, but fellow defender Paul Connolly is poised to make his debut having joined on loan from Leeds last week.

Captain John Mousinho and striker Lee Trundle (hamstring) remain unavailable.

The Lilywhites drew 1-1 in December's league encounter at the Ricoh Arena, with winger Lee Holmes equalising 13 minutes from time.

Mark Robins is expected to have a full-strength squad for Coventry.

James Bailey returned from injury to start last weekend's encounter against Oldham and duly bagged a winner four minutes into injury time to seal a 2-1 victory and keep City within three points of the play-off places.

Bailey was the only change from the side who saw off leaders Tranmere, with Franck Moussa dropping to the bench, and boss Robins could well opt to name an unchanged XI.

The Sky Blues shared a 1-1 draw with North End at the Ricoh Arena just before Christmas and then went on to dump them out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy in the Area semi-finals courtesy of a last-gasp turnaround to triumph 3-2 two weeks ago.

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League One Fixtures

Friday, 18 April 2014
15:00
Brentford v Preston
Bristol C v Notts Co
Carlisle v Walsall
Colchester v Oldham
Coventry v Swindon
Crawley v Leyton Or
Gillingham v Tranmere
Port Vale v MK Dons
Shrewsbury v Crewe
Wolves v Rotherham

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wolves 42 51 93
2 Brentford 42 29 87
3 Leyton Or 42 39 80
4 Rotherham 42 28 79
5 Preston 42 23 79
6 Peterboro 42 10 67
7 Swindon 42 5 60
8 MK Dons 42 1 58
9 Port Vale 42 -13 57
10 Walsall 42 2 56
11 Sheff Utd 41 -1 56
12 Crawley 41 -5 52
13 Bradford 42 1 50
14 Bristol C 42 0 50
15 Coventry 42 -1 49
16 Gillingham 42 -19 48
17 Oldham 41 -11 47
18 Colchester 42 -11 46
19 Tranmere 42 -22 46
20 Notts Co 42 -15 43
21 Carlisle 41 -26 43
22 Crewe 42 -29 43
23 Shrewsbury 42 -14 41
24 Stevenage 42 -22 39

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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