Stoke host Preston at the Bet 365 stadium in the EFL Championship on Monday afternoon. Both sides are struggling to get back to form this season.
O’Neill’s men have won only once in their last five games and that is causing a lot of worries to the side. The defeat against lower placed Derby County in the last game, has made their battle for promotion yet more difficult.
They are currently eighth in the league table with 35 points from 23 games. They will now hope to return to winning ways by defeating Preston on Monday.
On the other hand, Preston have been inconsistent of late winning only twice in their last five league games. They defeated Barnsley 2-1 in their last game, and that may boost their confidence against Stoke.
Ryan Lowe’s men are currently 15th in the league table with 28 points after 22 games. They would hunt for a win to secure their position in the points table.
Stoke vs Preston Team News, Suspensions, Injuries
Both sides have a long list of players who will be on the touchline due to injuries.
Nick Powell, Jordan Thompson, Romaine Sawyers, Harry Souttar and Josef Bursik are all sidelined due to injuries and will miss the game for Stoke City.
Meanwhile, Preston are set to miss Joshua Murphy, Connor Wickham, Isaiah Brown, Matthew Olosunde, Tom Barkhuizen due to injuries.
Head to Head
Both sides have met 108 times with each other. The visitors hold an edge in the encounters as they have won 48 times. Stokes have won 36 times and 24 matches have resulted in a draw.
Stoke City form in last 5 matches: L-D-W-L-L
Preston form in last 5 matches: W-L-D-W-L
Stoke vs Preston Predicted Lineup
Stoke City possible lineup:
Davies; Wilmot, Batth, Fox; Smith, Clucas, Allen, Vrancic, Tymon; Surridge, Fletcher
Preston possible lineup:
Iversen; Van den Berg, Bauer, Hughes; McCann, Browne, Whiteman, Earl; Johnson; Riis Jakobsen, Maguire
Although Stokes are higher in the table than Preston, there is a dip in their form. If O’Neill struggles to find a solution for the team, the match could end up well in favour of Preston.