Sports Mole preview Saturday’s Club Friendlies 1 clash between Accrington Stanley and Preston North End, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.
North end of Preston will continue their preparations for the 2022-23 campaign with their third pre-season game on Sunday when they travel to face Accrington Stanley.
This will be the hosts’ second straight game at Wham Stadium in their summer fixtures, and they will be looking for a straight win.
Accrington Stanley kicked off their pre-season campaign by taking on Premier League opposition at Crystal Palace, which was a match played at the Eagles training ground.
Even though patrick viera did not present their strongest team that day, the League One club were still in a position to win a 1-1 draw on the day.
John ColmanThe men of then followed that up by playing against another team that is higher than them in the football pyramid at Stoke City, and again it was a positive result.
Sean McConville managed to score a brace in that game to secure a 2-0 victory, showing that Accrington’s defensive qualities are just as strong at the moment.
After finishing outside the playoffs last season, it’s clear the ‘Owd Reds are hoping to step up to the next level this season in a bid to earn promotion, and that’s something their recent performances have shown.
Preston North End have also played twice so far this summer, and it started with a 3-0 win over Bamber Bridge which saw much of the squad get some minutes to stretch their legs.
This created momentum for the Championship side, and they were then able to follow that up with a trip to Spain which undoubtedly brought the team even closer.
This also saw ryan loweThe team are playing against Getafe, and while they were able to show their quality once again, they suffered a 2-1 defeat.
Despite Ryan Ledson was able to get on the scoresheet which was positive for the midfielder who didn’t score a single league goal last season.
Going forward, the focus will be on getting back to winning ways in order to continue to build their momentum as they aim to have as much confidence as possible for the new campaign.
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Accrington was recently able to sign Ryan Asley from Everton on a season-long loan, and the defender will no doubt be able to get some minutes in this one.
In terms of a continuation of their recent performances, McConville is someone who will be looking to keep their momentum going after a brace in their last game.
Ledson got on the scoresheet in Preston’s previous game, and he hopes to continue his personal form on Sunday in their last game.
David Worall was given 45 minutes in the previous game, and his game time will probably be split again, which was the case in the game against Getafe.
We say: Accrington Stanley 2-1 Preston North End
As this is a pre-season game, the result is not the focus here, with the focus being on implementing tactics and getting the teams in top form.
Despite that, both teams are hoping for a win, and because they’re in great form right now, Accrington might just edge this one out.
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