Two mid-table Championship sides will battle it out on Saturday, as Preston North End take a trip down the M6 to face Wolves.

Wolves are currently in 11th place, with just one point separating them from 14th place Preston.

Form:

Wolves haven’t won in the Championship in four attempts, with two draws and two defeats to their name.

The away side have been inconsistent all season, and have just two wins in their last six matches. Their last away win was at the start of December, when they beat Lancashire rivals Burnley 2-0.

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Player News:

Wolves’ injury room is one of the busiest in the Championship at the moment. The signing of forward Joe Mason has boosted their attack slightly. Bjorn Sigurdson is expected to return to first team action within the next few weeks.

Preston have Premiership quality in their ranks, with three players on loan from Man United. All three are expected to play some part in Saturday’s game.

Key Players:

Joe Mason (Wolves) – The new signing from Cardiff City has been thrown in at the deep end at Wolves. With no fully fit striker, Mason has been playing up top for his new club, compared to his usual position of on the wing. He will be desperate to build on his goal against Bolton, and see his side win their first Championship game since he joined the club.

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Daniel Johnson (Preston) – The Preston midfielder is the club’s top goal scorer this campaign, and has played a big part in lifting his side up the table. Creating goals as well as scoring them, Johnson will have to be on excellent form on Saturday if his side are to leave the Black Country with anything.

Our Prediction:

Both sides have struggled recently both defensively and going forward so it’s a difficult one to call. Both sets of players could cancel each other out, and they may have to settle for a point which would please neither side. Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-1 Preston North End


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