Newcastle United vs. Preston North End: Championship – Match Preview

Newcastle United host Preston North End on Monday evening know victory will secure their return to the Premier League.

Newcastle have struggled over the line and were beaten convincingly away at Ipswich Town last time out.

Despite Daryl Murphy’s goal against his former side they went down 3-1, however their rivals have failed to take advantage.

Preston North End have ended the season badly and have lost three consecutive fixtures going into this one.

They remain in the top half of the Championship, despite being easily beaten at home by Norwich City on Bank Holiday Monday.

Championship form: Newcastle United W2 D1 L2; Preston North End W1 D1 L3
Championship top scorers
Newcastle United – Dwight Gayle 22 goals
Preston North End – Jordan Hugill 11 goals

Team news
Dwight Gayle remains out for Newcastle United with a hamstring injury.

Ciaran Clark is likely to return though and will feature in the heart of Newcastle United’s defence.

Tommy Spurr is set to fill in at full back for Preston, with Greg Cunningham out injured.

Alex Baptiste and midfielder Ben Pearson are both suspended for the visitors.

Expected starting XI’s
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Darlow; Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett; Hayden, Shelvey; Atsu, Diame, Ritchie; Murphy
Preston North End (4-4-2): Maxwell; Vermijl, Boyle, Huntington, Spurr; Barkhuizen, Browne, Gallagher, McGeady; Hugill, Robinson

Predictions

Result: Newcastle United (1/2 with Sky Bet)

Correct Score: 2-0 (7/1 with Paddy Power)

Anytime Goalscorer: Matt Ritchie (2/1 with 888 Sport)

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