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Deepdale (ATT 8,474) 26th January 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: D Coote

Preston Preston North End vs Coventry City Coventry

Preston 2

G Cummins (30)
N Wroe (60)

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Coventry 2

L Clarke (38)
C Robertson (og 53)

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Last Updated: 25/01/13 12:45pm

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Paul Connolly: Set to debut for North End

Paul Connolly: Set to debut for North End

Team news for Saturday's League One clash between Preston and Coventry City at Deepdale.

Preston will be looking to avoid a fourth straight defeat in all competitions.

One of those losses came at the hands of the Sky Blues, who completed a dramatic late turnaround to dump Graham Westley's side out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

North End have faired little better in the league of late, lying 16th with a 1-0 victory at basement boys Hartlepool their only three-point haul in 10 matches.

Keith Keane (knee) and Scott Laird (broken leg) remain on the sidelines, but fellow defender Paul Connolly is poised to make his debut having joined on loan from Leeds last week.

Captain John Mousinho and striker Lee Trundle (hamstring) remain unavailable.

The Lilywhites drew 1-1 in December's league encounter at the Ricoh Arena, with winger Lee Holmes equalising 13 minutes from time.

Mark Robins is expected to have a full-strength squad for Coventry.

James Bailey returned from injury to start last weekend's encounter against Oldham and duly bagged a winner four minutes into injury time to seal a 2-1 victory and keep City within three points of the play-off places.

Bailey was the only change from the side who saw off leaders Tranmere, with Franck Moussa dropping to the bench, and boss Robins could well opt to name an unchanged XI.

The Sky Blues shared a 1-1 draw with North End at the Ricoh Arena just before Christmas and then went on to dump them out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy in the Area semi-finals courtesy of a last-gasp turnaround to triumph 3-2 two weeks ago.

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Table

Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 44 99
2 Brentford 44 91
3 Rotherham United 44 82
4 Preston North End 44 82
5 Leyton Orient 44 80
6 Peterborough United 44 70
7 Swindon Town 44 66
8 Sheffield United 43 60
9 Port Vale 44 60
10 Milton Keynes Dons 44 59
11 Walsall 44 58
12 Bristol City 44 56
13 Crawley Town 43 55
14 Bradford City 44 53
15 Gillingham 44 52
16 Oldham Athletic 43 51
17 Coventry City 44 50
18 Colchester United 44 47
19 Tranmere Rovers 44 47
20 Crewe Alexandra 44 47
21 Notts County 44 46
22 Carlisle United 43 44
23 Shrewsbury Town 44 41
24 Stevenage 44 39