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In Focus: Preston

19 April 2018

Norwich City travel to Preston North End on Saturday, April 21 (3pm) for their penultimate away game of the 2017-18 Sky Bet Championship season.

Here, we take a look at what the Canaries will face when they head to Deepdale.

Key Players
Striker Sean Maguire has stepped up to fill the void left by Jordan Hugill's January departure to West Ham to lead Preston's goalscoring charts.

The former Cork City forward has notched ten times this term, averaging a goal every 152 minutes.

That's the same number of times Hugill had struck prior to his mid-season move, but with Maguire's tally coming at a significantly better minutes-to-goals ratio.

In terms of assists, Tom Barkhuizen and Callum Robison have each provided seven - while also scoring 15 goals between them.

Form Guide
Back-to-back wins have reignited Preston's hopes of a late play-off push, moving them to within three points of the top six.

A Callum Robinson double saw them come from behind to win at QPR last weekend, following on from another impressive 3-1 comeback triumph against Leeds.

Prior to that, a run of three straight defeats had seemingly derailed their pursuit, with single-goal reverses to Derby and Reading looking to have caused significant damage.

Now though, they know victories in their three remaining games would give them an outside shot of the play-offs, with games against Sheffiled United and Burton Albion to come following City's visit.

Previous Meeting
Norwich City and Preston North End shared the spoils when the sides met at Carrow Road back in November.

James Maddison opened the scoring in the 34th minute, curling home a free-kick from a tight angle to give his side the lead.

Daniel Farke's side maintained that advantage until 20 minutes from time, when Tom Barkhuizen headed in a corner to level.

On their previous trip to Deepdale, City produced a fine showing to record a 3-1 victory at the back-end of last season - with Maddison netting his first for the club late on.

Squad List
Goalkeepers: Declan Rudd, Chris Maxwell, Matthew Hudson.

Defenders: Greg Cunningham, Tom Clarke, Callum Woods, Tommy Spurr, Ben Davies, Paul Huntington, Joshua Earl.

Midfielders: Ben Pearson, Daryl Horgan, Alan Browne, Daniel Johnson, Darnell Fisher, John Welsh, Adam O'Reilly, Billy Bodin, Josh Harrop.

Forwards: Paul Gallagher, Louis Moult, Sean Maguire, Connor Simpson, Tom Barkhuizen, Callum Robinson.

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