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Match Preview: Preston North End v Norwich City

3 January 2020

Norwich City’s 2019-20 FA Cup journey begins at the third round with a trip to the Deepdale Stadium to face Preston North End on Saturday, January 4 (3.01pm KO).

Our match preview contains a look at the history of this fixture, analysis of Preston’s season so far, and information for supporters, including an explanation of the kick-off time.

The opposition

Preston find themselves ninth in the Championship prior to this weekend’s game having lost two, drawn two, and won one of their last five league games. They’re currently one of three teams to be one point adrift of Millwall in the playoff places.

Last time out, Preston – who are managed by former City boss Alex Neil – were defeated 2-0 at home by Middlesbrough. Earlier this season, they went on an unbeaten run of eight games in the Championship from August 21 to October 19.

They’ve struggled to replicate that form since then, however, winning just two of the last ten games.

As for cup competitions, Preston got to the third round of the Carabao Cup courtesy of a 4-0 win at Bradford City and a 2-2 draw against Hull City (a match they won 5-4 on penalties), before losing 3-0 at home to Manchester City.

They also enter the FA Cup in the third round, at the same stage as Norwich.

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We’ve had 53 meetings with Preston since 1961, and have won 20 of them, drawn 16, and lost 17. Our most recent encounter went in favour of the opposition, Preston coming away with a 3-1 win in the Championship in February 2019.

The two sides have also met once before in the FA Cup, as a Paul Gallagher brace saw Preston go through to the fourth round in 2015.

Our last win at the Deepdale Stadium came in 2017, when James Maddison scored his first goal for the Canaries to wrap up a 3-1 win under Alan Irvine.

Ref watch

Martin Atkinson will oversee the fixture and be assisted by Harry Lennard and James Mainwaring. James Adock will be the fourth official. City fans can breath a sigh of relief as there is no VAR for this game!

Atkinson has refereed 19 games so far this season, all in the Premier League aside from August's Community Shield final, handing out 55 yellow cards and three reds across those fixtures.

He was last appointed to officiate a Norwich game back in August, when he was the man in charge of our home game against Chelsea. The Blues won 3-2, taking all three points home. Atkinson made two bookings in the match.

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Info for supporters

Preston will be selling tickets on the day from their away ticket office at the Bill Shankly Kop from 1pm onwards and there is no price increase. Both cash and card payments are accepted

Prices are £15 for adults, £10 for 65+ & 19-24 year olds, £5 for 11-18 year olds, and £1 Under 11’s.

All of the weekend’s FA Cup games will be kicking off one minute past the hour they would normally be played as part of the Football Association’s Heads Up campaign, which raises awareness of mental health problems and encourages fans to think about their mental wellbeing.

To learn more about the project click here.

Preston North End have an away supporters guide which includes information on getting to the Deepdale Stadium, parking, details for disabled supporters, refreshments, and what fans can take into the ground. To view the guide, click here and press the ‘Away Supporters’ tab.

Supporters are asked to arrive at the stadium at least one hour before kick-off.

How to follow

Canaries TV subscribers can listen to live BBC Radio Norfolk commentary from Chris Goreham by purchasing a match/monthly/yearly pass. For more info, click HERE.

We will be running regular updates on our Twitter account, including reaction after the final whistle.

There will also be a minute-by-minute live match blog on and you can also receive updates on our Instagram and Facebook pages.

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