PRESTON NORTH END - NOTTINGHAM FOREST
It is well over seven years and some 32 games, since Preston last lost at Deepdale on a Tuesday nightin a league game and I do not think that will change this evening. Alan Irvine has turned the club around since his arrival and the locals are anticipating another playoff push. Not many teams will come away from here with anything, PNE are unbeaten in the league todate and have won 9 of their last 12 home starts, with two of the "failures" coming at the end of last season, when they had nothing to play for. They posted wins here last season over the three promoted teams, Hull, Stake and WBA, which is a rare treble and tend to raise their game, against the bigger name sides, which despite recent hard times, Forest remain.
In the two home wins this camapign, they have totalled an amazing 26 shots on target, those are big numbers and I feel they will have too much for a Forest side that is really struggling defensively, conceding two or more goals (16 in total) in their last six starts .
Team news: Andy Cole looks set to make his Forest debut, key PNE midfielder Richard Chaplow has been widely reported as injured and out of contention, but his hamstring is not bad as first thought and after a test this morning, he is expected to be available to play some part.
6 points PNE -3/4 ball 2.09 asian line.