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Match Preview: Preston North End v Norwich City

31 March 2021

Back from the international break, Norwich City visit the Deepdale Stadium on Friday (3pm KO) for their first fixture of the run-in of the 2020-21 season.

Our Match Preview looks at Preston’s season so far, the officials in charge of the game and how you can follow the action live from home.

The opposition

With 13 wins, five draws and 20 losses in the league this season, North End sit 16th with 44 points ahead of Friday’s fixture.

A difficult February for the Lilywhites saw them take just seven points from a possible 18 after losses to Cardiff City, Watford and Rotherham United. To make things worse, form took an even bigger dip going into March as North End took just one point from 15 available.

This difficult period for the Lilywhites saw them make a change in management, parting ways with ex-City manager Alex Neil at the start of the international break. Frankie McAvoy takes charge of the side for Friday’s game against the Canaries as interim manager.

Scott Sinclair is the club’s top scorer so far this season with 20 goals in all competitions.


In 55 meetings between City and Preston since 1961 there have been 21 Norwich wins, 17 Preston wins and 17 draws.

Last time the sides faced each other, Przemyslaw Placheta’s late equaliser rescued a point for City in front of a crowd of 1,000 at Carrow Road back in September.

Meanwhile, the last visit to the Deepdale Stadium came in the FA Cup third round, when Adam Idah burst onto the scene with his first senior hat-trick. You can remember that day in full detail in our memorable match.

Ref watch

Dean Whitestone has been appointed to take charge of Friday’s game, Nik Barnard and Matthew McGrath his assistants and Samuel Barrott the fourth official.

Last time Whitestone officiated a City game was in December for their meeting with Blackburn Rovers as City took the 2-1 win.

How to watch

This Friday’s game is available to watch on iFollow with a £10 match pass.

Please note that the game will not be free for season ticket holders as it's a weekend away game. All fans will be able to purchase a £10 match pass here.

The match will be made available to watch here.

iFollow is the only place you can watch this weekend's game. You gain access to HD four-camera coverage, replays and - having now been given permission to travel - BBC Radio Norfolk commentary by tuning in.

Overseas supporters can watch the match as part of their existing iFollow monthly or seasonal subscriptions, - international match passes are also available. Click here for more information.

City fans will be able to watch our matchday show NR1 LIVE, with City legends Darren Eadie and Rob Newman in the studio, on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube from 2.30pm.

Otherwise, Norwich City's website and social channels on TwitterFacebook and Instagram will provide regular updates.

To learn more about the variety of passes on offer to supporters this season, click here.

If you have any questions around our iFollow service, please check out answers to some FAQs here. Alternatively, please email

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