Match Preview: Preston vs Saints

By SFC Media Fri 19 Jul Preston v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Southampton FC

Take a look through our match preview as Saints prepare to face Preston North End in their second pre-season friendly.

THE MATCH

Preston North End vs Saints
Pre-season friendly
Deepdale
Saturday 20th July (3pm BST)

SETTING THE SCENE

Saints head to Deepdale having kicked off their pre-season with a 1-1 draw with Austrian Bundesliga side SCR Altach, following a productive week-long training camp.

Che Adams got off the mark inside two minutes to give Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men an early lead, which was cancelled out before the break by an explosive effort from Manfred Fischer.

With the Championship season a mere fortnight away, hosts Preston North End have already had four friendlies, recording victories against Bamber Bridge, Cork City, AFC Fylde and Chorley to date.

Last season, Alex Neil’s side went on a run of eight wins during 12 unbeaten games at the turn of the year, which put them well in contention for a play-off spot. However, their end of season form saw them slip away and finish 14th.

The Lilywhites have made two additions to their squad so far this summer, with German defender Patrick Bauer making the move from Charlton after turning down a new deal and David Nugent re-signing for the club.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

Played: 42
Southampton: 15
Draws: 13
Preston: 14

Previous five meetings:

September 2011: Southampton 2-1 Preston (Hooiveld, Lallana)
February 2009: Southampton 3-1 Preston (Surman, Saganowski 2)
November 2008: Preston 2-3 Southampton (Pearce, Surman, McGoldrick)
December 2007: Southampton 0-1 Preston
October 2007: Preston 5-1 Southampton

TICKETS

Tickets for the away end will be available from the Ticket Office at the Bill Shankly Kop from 1pm, with cash and card payments accepted. Any collections or duplicates will be accepted.

Ticket prices are as follows:

Adults: £10
Under-25s/Over-65s: £5
Under-18s: £1

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