Preston North End hope to take another step towards safety tonight when they face Reading.Advertisement
If PNE do manage a win tonight it will be their first ever at the Madejski Stadium, they haven’t won away to Reading since 1982 when the Royals played at Elm Park.
Although North End are in good form, having won their last three, Reading are playing even better with five wins from their last six.
PNE and Reading are the only teams in action tonight and they will both be looking to take advantage of their game in hand.
A win for Reading will put them three points clear of Nottingham Forest and cement their play off place while a PNE win will take them above Sheffield United and close the gap on Crystal Palace to five points.
The last time the two sides met PNE were looking for their third straight win after beating Leeds and Coventry but were denied when Jem Karacan cancelled out Keith Treacy’s opener.
The hosts will be missing Noel Hunt, Mikele Leigertwood and captain Matt Mills through injury but PNE will have to defend well to keep out Shane Long. The Championship’s second top scorer has scored 20 league goals including seven in the last six.
PNE will be missing Chris Brown and their captain Sean St Ledger. North End will be relying on their own in – form striker, Iain Hume has scored five in his last four and he has been instrumental in the Lilywhite’s recent run of form.
Join us for live coverage from 8 o’clock to see if PNE can win four straight games for the first time since the end of the 2008/09 season.