Preston v Bournemouth preview

Team news for Saturday's League One clash between Preston and Bournemouth at Deepdale.

Last Updated: 15/02/13 at 12:26   

Bailey Wright: Available for selection

Bailey Wright: Available for selection

Caretaker manager John Dreyer takes charge of Preston for the first time against the League One leaders.

Dreyer has been given the added responsibility after Graham Westley departed on Wednesday following a run of seven matches without a win.

The 49-year-old has Bailey Wright available after a one-match suspension. The Australian defender was sent off in the 1-0 defeat to struggling Colchester.

However, North End have concerns over a number of unidentified players who sustained knocks in Westley's final game, the 3-1 defeat at Yeovil, and Dreyer will have to wait on late fitness checks before naming his team.

Stuart Beavon, Joel Byrom and Jack King all remain on the sidelines along with John Mousinho (hamstring) and Scott Laird (broken leg).

On-loan Norwich goalkeeper Declan Rudd was handed a debut against the Glovers and may retain his place.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is sweating over the fitness of flu-victim Marc Pugh.

Pugh, a regular in the Cherries side that has climbed to the top of the League One table, has been suffering this week and missed the victory over Crewe.

Stand-in captain Tommy Elphick is likely to miss out again with a knee injury sustained in the victory over MK Dons.

Fellow defender Charlie Daniels has missed the Cherries' last four matches with a persistent foot problem and looks like missing out again, with Matt Ritchie set to deputise at left-back once more for Howe's men.

Daniels could be ruled out for the rest of the season if he needs to undergo an operation to cure the problem.

Scottish winger Ryan Fraser was back on the bench on Tuesday having been missing since his move from Aberdeen last month and is likely to be involved again as the Cherries look to win their sixth successive match.

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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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