Carabao Cup match preview: Preston v Albion

A look-ahead to tonight’s third round Carabao Cup tie at Deepdale.

By Bruce Talbot • 23 September 2020

By James Boardman
Jahanbakhsh opened his goalscoring account for the campaign with an excellent strike against Portsmouth last week.

Albion head to Preston North End tonight looking to reach the fourth round of the Carabao Cup for the first time since 2014.

Knocked out by Tottenham Hotspur that season, the Seagulls have since reached the third round three times, and the second round twice.

The winner of tonight’s tie will face Manchester United at home, after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side defeated Luton Town last night.

With his side currently in a heavily congested fixture period, Graham Potter rang the changes in Albion’s victory over League One Portsmouth last week when his team put four past Kenny Jackett’s side without reply.

By James Boardman
Joel Veltman could make his second appearance in an Albion shirt tonight.

The head coach confirmed that fans can expect a similar line-up, given that the Seagulls face United in Premier League action on Saturday.

Preston reached this stage of the competition by beating Mansfield Town in the first round 4-0, before edging past Derby County with a 2-1 victory at Pride Park.

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Team news

Christian Walton and Jose Izquierdo are continuing their returns from injury, while Dale Stephens is expected to be fit having gone off against Pompey last week.

Potter said, “Christian is still waiting to see another specialist but we are probably looking at the other side of the international break for him.

“Dale will be recovered by the game. We'll take the decision over the next 24 hours whether he is involved in the game against Preston."

Our last Cup fixture

By James Boardman
Viktor Gyokeres grabbed his first Albion goal with a low strike against Pompey.
Albion 4
Mac Allister 38
Jahanbakhsh 54
Bernardo 57
Gyokeres 71

Portsmouth 0

Albion: Steele; Molumby, Veltman (Roberts 68), Burn, Bernardo; Jahanbakhsh (Sanders 68), Stephens, Propper, Mac Allister, Gross (Gwargis 76), Gyokeres.

Unused subs: Sanchez, Cochrane, Yapi, Dendoncker

Their last Cup fixture

Derby County 1
Knight 51
Preston North End 2
Barkhuizen 79
Johnson 90+2

Preston: Rudd, Fisher, Rafferty, Bayliss (Barkhuizen, 67), Bauer, Huntington, Maguire, Gallagher (c) (Sinclair, 75), Stockley, Browne, Harrop (Johnson, 75).

Unused subs: Ripley, B Davies, Hughes, Ledson.

The Preston player to watch

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Tom Barkhuizen has scored twice in the Carabao Cup this season.

Having scored in each of Preston’s Carabao Cup matches so far, Tom Barkhuizen will be looking to add to his tally tonight.

The 27-year-old was on target against Mansfield in the  win at Mansfield before notching the equaliser against Derby.

An signing from Morecambe in 2016, Barkhuizen recently made his 150th appearance for the Deepdale Stadium based outfit. His previous clubs include Blackpool and Hereford United.

Match officials

Referee: Stephen Martin

Assistants: Nik Barnard and James Wilson

Fourth Official: Nick Greenhalgh