Preston North End Vs Blackpool, Sat 13 Feb 2010

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Preston boss Darren Ferguson will be reluctant to make any changes when his side host bitter rivals Blackpool.

North End produced what Ferguson described as the best performance of his reign so far when beating Sheffield United at home on Tuesday.

On-loan Manchester United youngster Matt James impressed alongside Paul Coutts and the duo look set to again form the central axis in midfield.

Jon Parkin also dovetailed effectively with Danny Welbeck in attack while the recalled Chris Sedgwick also shone on the right hand side of midfield.

Midfielder Richard Chaplow (groin) and defender Callum Davidson (concussion) missed out in midweek and will be assessed.

Winger Paul Parry (knee) and midfielder Barry Nicholson (broken leg) remain sidelined as Preston aim to condemn Blackpool to a fourth successive defeat.

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway must decide whether to recall any of his suspended trio.

Barry Bannan, Neal Eardley and Ishmel Demontagnac were spotted in a Blackpool nightspot last weekend.

They were subsequently axed for the trip to Sheffield Wednesday in midweek, when the Seasiders slumped to their third straight defeat.

Bannan and Eardley are major doubts for the Deepdale showdown as x-rays have confirmed that Bannan has a broken toe, while Eardley has a knee problem which is causing him discomfort.

Demontagnac is fully fit and may come back into contention, although Holloway warned: "I don't know whether I'll bring them back for Saturday yet."

Midfielder Charlie Adam is suspended but striker Brett Ormerod is available after completing a three-match ban.

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Paul Coutts
Charlie Adam
Sheffield Wednesday
Jon Parkin
Barry Nicholson
Ishmel Demontagnac
Darren Ferguson
Paul Parry
Preston North End
Danny Welbeck
Manchester United
Neal Eardley
Sheffield United
Richard Chaplow
Brett Ormerod
Chris Sedgwick
Paul Coutts
Barry Bannan
Callum Davidson

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