Preview: Preston North End (H)

Blackpool host local rivals Preston North End for the first time in 11 years on Saturday afternoon in the Sky Bet Championship.

The Seasiders come into the game on the back of Wednesday night's victory at Reading, where the side came from 2-0 down at half-time to go on and win 3-2 in a dramatic victory. That win saw Neil Critchley's men climb to 12th position in the Championship table, three points off of the play-off places.

Saturday's visitors come into the match having tasted victory themselves in midweek, in a 2-1 win over Coventry City. Frankie McAvoy's side are in 18th place - six points off of the relegation zone and the play-off picture.

The Manager: Frankie McAvoy
Frankie McAvoy was appointed Head Coach at Preston on a permanent basis in May 2021, after a successful period in interim charge at Deepdale.

The 54-year-old was part of Alex Neil’s backroom staff at Hamilton Academical, Norwich City and Preston North End. Following Neil’s departure at Deepdale in March 2021, McAvoy was placed in interim charge and tasked with keeping North End in the Championship. He succeeded, guiding the Lilywhites to five victories from eight matches at the back end of the 2020/21 season.

The Key Man: Emil Riis Jakobsen
A striker with eight goals to his name in all competitions so far this season, Emil Riis Jakobsen has hit the ground running in his first full season of English football. The 23-year-old joined Preston in October 2020 from his native Denmark, where he spent two years at Randers FC.

Preston is not Riis’ first English Club, having spent time with Derby County’s youth team back in 2018.

Our Last Three Meetings:
•    05/08/13 – Preston 1 Blackpool 0
•    13/02/10 – Preston 0 Blackpool 0
•    30/11/09 – Blackpool 1 Preston 1

Who Comes Out On Top?
There have been 94 meetings between Blackpool and Preston, with North End coming out with 45 victories compared to Blackpool's 30. There have been 19 draws between the two sides.

The Club would like to thanks South Planks and Tower Insurance for their support as Match and Ball Sponsors.

The Referee: Tim Robinson
Saturday's game will be Tim Robinson's first match in charge of Blackpool.

Match Programme:
Saturday's match day programme includes interviews with Neil Critchley, Luke Garbutt, Chris Maxwell and Top Fives with Demetri Mitchell. There is also an extensive interview with former Pool man Billy Clarke.

You can purchase a copy of the match day programme both online and in-store.

Download a copy to your iPhone or Android device via the Matchday Digital App. For more information on Matchday Digital, take a look here.

You can also purchase a printed copy from the Club Shop.

Tickets for the match, which has been listed as a category A game, are now sold out. However, a ticket exchange is in operation for the fixture for season ticket holders who are unable to attend.

Full details can be found here.

Supporters are advised to arrive early and take their seat ahead of kick-off. Season ticket holders are also advised that there is a new method of entry into the stadium with your season card. You can view the SLO's information video on this here.

Those who aren't attending can purchase an audio match pass to listen to Saturday's action. Overseas supporters can also purchase a match pass to watch the game.

For more information on Tangerine TV, please visit here.

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