Confirmed Preston North End v Birmingham City line-ups

Preston North End

Preston take on Birmingham at Deepdale tonight - here is how the teams line up.

Preston starting XI: Pickford, Vermijl, Huntington, Clarke, Cunningham, Gallagher, Johnson, Browne, Reach, Keane and Garner.

Preston substitutes: Kirkland, Woods, Wright, Kilkenny, Welsh, Doyle and Hugill.

Birmingham City starting XI: Kuszczak, Eardley, Morrison, Spector, Grounds, Gleeson, Kieftenbeld, Maghoma, Shinnie, Gray, Vaughan.

Birmingham City starting XI: Legzdins, Solomon-Otabor, Toral, Davis, Caddis, Brock-Madsen, Halford.

Preston North End are looking to continue their fine recent form this evening as they take on Birmingham City at Deepdale.

The Lilywhites have won their last two games, beating Burnley and Reading 2-0 and 1-0 respectively as their defensive solidity continues.

Tonight, manager Simon Grayson has named an unchanged line-up, as Sunderland loanee Jordan Pickford starts in goal, whilst the midfield trio of Alan Browne, Paul Gallagher and Daniel Johnson continue.

Will Keane and Adam Reach - two more loanees - will support lone striker Joe Garner in attack, if Grayson keeps the 4-3-3 system from Saturday's win over Reading.

Meanwhile, Birmingham started the season well but have slipped off of late, winning just one of their last eight games, though a 0-0 draw at Middlesbrough over the weekend was a strong result.

Blues boss Gary Rowett has also named an unchanged side, meaning loan striker James Vaughan will continue up front on his own this evening.

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