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Preston North End at Leeds United: Preview, lineups, discussion

A battle for the middle of the table: 16th place Preston travels to 15th place Leeds. Will short rest for the Whites be a problem or will they vault to 11th in the table?

All the pain, Preston North End, all the pain.
All the pain, Preston North End, all the pain.
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The Whites return home for the first time since playing Hull City on the 5th of December to play Preston North End at Elland Road.  The Lilywhites (5-10-6) sit one spot behind the Whites in 16th place, and are coming off a good run of form, with two wins and two draws in their last four.  The winner of this game jumps at least three spots up a crowded Championship table mid-section.

Lineups are in, and Doukara did not get the start this blogger thought he earned in Thursday's fixture at Wolverhampton.  With the team on a quick turnaround, we'll probably still see him subbed in today, along with the potential first-team appearance of young Lewie Coyle. Luke Murphy gets the start today in midfield over Tom Adeyemi, and Alex Mowatt rides the pine again.  Should be a fun one today at Elland Road.  Let's go Leeds.

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Preston North End at Leeds United

English Championship


Elland Road, Leeds


Sunday, December 20



Leeds United
Silvestri, Wootton, Bellusci, Cooper, Taylor, Byram, Bridcutt, Murphy, Cook, Dallas, Wood
Subs: Peacock-Farrell, Coyle, Bamba, Phillips, Mowatt, Doukara, Antenucci

Preston North End
Pickford, Cunningham, Clarke, Huntington, Vermill, Welsh, Gallagher, Browne, Reach, Keane, Garner
Subs: Hudson, Wright, Woods, Brownhill, Kilkenny, Hugill, Doyle