Preston v Portsmouth preview

Team news for Friday's League One clash between Preston North End and Portsmouth at Deepdale (kick-off 5pm).

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Stuart Beavon: Faces late fitness test

Stuart Beavon: Faces late fitness test

Preston manager Simon Grayson will run the rule over Stuart Beavon and John Welsh.

Beavon hopes to resume his role in North End's attack after departing midway through the first half of last weekend's 0-0 draw with Leyton Orient due to concussion.

Former Tranmere captain Welsh missed the O's visit to Lancashire having suffered an Achilles injury in the 1-0 defeat at Brentford a week earlier.

Fellow midfielder Joel Byrom is building towards full fitness following hernia surgery and has completed another week of training, leaving Scott Laird (broken leg) as the Lilywhites' only remaining long-term absentee.

"Portsmouth have picked up a little bit in recent weeks and they are in quite good form," said Preston defender Paul Huntington on his club's official website.

"Obviously they have had difficulties off the pitch, so it has been a tough season for them, but on the pitch is what matters on Friday and as of late they have been going well, so we will be expecting a tough game but it's one we are looking to win."

Portsmouth are expected to be unchanged.

Caretaker boss Guy Whittingham has no new injury worries and, having been able to field a settled team in recent weeks, has seen his side lose just one of their last six matches.

Whittingham did make one change last week with experienced full-back Shaun Cooper replacing youngster Dan Butler, and the Crawley loanee will be hoping to keep his place after helping Pompey to a 2-0 win over Coventry.

Ricardo Rocha and Gabor Gyepes continue at centre-half meaning Sam Sodje will be on the bench again.

Striker Patrick Agyemang partners David Connolly in attack and returns to the club where he scored 21 goals in just over three years.

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League One Fixtures

Monday, 21 April 2014
12:15
Leyton Or v Wolves
15:00
Crewe v Colchester
MK Dons v Brentford
Notts Co v Crawley
Oldham v Coventry
Peterboro v Carlisle
Preston v Shrewsbury
Rotherham v Port Vale
Stevenage v Bristol C
Swindon v Bradford

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wolves 43 53 96
2 Brentford 43 30 90
3 Leyton Or 43 38 80
4 Rotherham 43 26 79
5 Preston 43 22 79
6 Peterboro 43 9 67
7 Swindon 43 6 63
8 Port Vale 43 -12 60
9 Sheff Utd 42 0 59
10 MK Dons 43 0 58
11 Walsall 43 2 57
12 Crawley 42 -4 55
13 Bradford 43 2 53
14 Bristol C 43 1 53
15 Gillingham 43 -17 51
16 Oldham 42 -10 50
17 Coventry 43 -2 49
18 Colchester 43 -12 46
19 Tranmere 43 -24 46
20 Crewe 43 -27 46
21 Carlisle 42 -26 44
22 Notts Co 43 -16 43
23 Shrewsbury 43 -16 41
24 Stevenage 43 -23 39

Updated Sat, 19 Apr 2014

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