The Stat Attack : Preston North End
On Sunday QPR make the long journey to Lancashire to take on Preston for the 14th league encounter between the two clubs at Deepdale since the first match back on the 14th September 1949 when hosts secured a 3-2 victory. It is a long time since we celebrated a Rangers away win, which was coincidentally also in the North West when we triumphed 3-0 at nearby Blackpool back in January. Preston go into this game buoyed by scoring 6 in their last home game against Cardiff and knowing that 3 points may well see them sneak into a play off berth..
HEAD TO HEAD
Overall : Rangers wins 2, Preston wins 5, Drawn 6: R`s Goals 14 : Preston Goals 18
The last 3 games between the two clubs at Deepdale have all resulted in a draw and it is way back in 1980 that we came away victorious.
2 Games have ended goal less.
Rangers have failed to score 4 times : Preston have failed to score 4 times
Highest Win: Rangers 3-0 (Feb 1980) : Preston 5-0 (Feb 2001)
Most frequent Rangers win: 2-0 : 3-0 Once
Most frequent Rangers loss: 3-2: 2 times
Most frequent draw: 1-1 : 4 times
RANGERS AWAY THIS SEASON
On the road this season Rangers record reads:
Won 3 Drawn 9 Lost 10 Goals For 13 Goals Against 23
In the last 6 games:
Won 0 Drawn 2 Lost 4 Goals For 1 Goals Against 6
Of our 22 games away from home we have kept 8 clean sheets but failed to score in 14 of the games.
Best win : 3-0 at Blackpool
Worst defeat: 0-3 at Sheffield United and Watford
Most frequent score: 0-0 ,0-1 (5 times)
PRESTON AT HOME THIS SEASON
Won 15 Drawn 3 Lost 4 Goals For 37 Goals Against 19
In the last 6 games:
Won 4 Drawn 1 Lost 1 Goals For 13 Goals Against 5
In their 22 games at home Preston have kept 9 clean sheets but failed to find the net in 3 games.
Best Win : 6-0 Cardiff
Worst defeat: 1-3 Wolves
Most frequent score: 2-1 (6 times)
TIMES OF GOALS
Rangers have scored 13 goals on the road : 9 before half time and 4 after.
We have conceded 23 goals : 13 before half time and 10 after.
Most goals scored : 16 to 30 mins (5) or 31 to 45 mins (4)
Most Goals Conceded : 16 to 30 mins (5) or 31 to 45 mins (5)
Preston have scored 37 goals at home : 14 before half time and 24 after
They have conceded 19 goals: 10 before half time and 9 after
Most goals scored : 31 to 45 mins ;46 to 60 mins ; 76 to 90 mins (all 9 times)
Most Goals Conceded : 61 to 75 mins (6) or 76 to 90 mins (5)
Rangers leading scorers on the road: Helgusson (3), Blackstock (2), Alberti (2)
Prestons leading scorers at home: Parkin (9) Mellor (6)
Rangers` away form against teams currently top 8 this season is:
Won 0 Drawn 4 and lost 3 Goals For 0 Goals Against 6
Preston`s home form against mid table teams this season is:
Won 6 Drawn 1 and lost 0 Goals For 13 Goals Against 3
Rangers away from home: 35 Yellow - Connolly, Cook, Delaney, Leigertwood, Stewart (3)
2 Red - Connolly and Hall
Preston at home: 23 Yellow - Parkin 4
Preston will be expected to be really up for this game whilst Rangers minds will be elsewhere judging by the performance against Plymouth. Add to this strong home form of Preston and our poor form away from home coupled with an inability to score this must surely be the home banker of the day. Goals either side of half time will secure the win Preston will be seeking.
LENNY`S PREDICTION: Preston 2-0
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