Preston One To Watch: Neil Mellor
After sneaking into the play-offs last season, Preston North End will be slightly disappointed with the mid table position they currently hold and will be looking to put a run together to climb into the top 6. This is especially true given the talented squad at manager Alan Irvine's disposal.
Goalkeeper Andy Lonergan may well be the best in the division, while Ross Wallace, Michael Tonge, Richard Chaplow and Chris Sedgewick form an impressive and intimidating midfield.
However, the attack of Preston is of particular interest for this game with the creaky Cardiff City defence looking vulnerable on regular occasions albeit with limited support from a mis-firing midfield.
The difficulty in selecting a 'dangerman' from the PNE front three is the obvious similarities between them. Chris Brown, Neil Mellor and the 'beast' Jon Parkin are all powerful and physical strikers looking to bully defenders and cause problems.
The aerial presence is obvious but witnessed to the Deepdale horror show last season where we lost 6-0 will not want to remember the horrific sight of the gigantic Parkin easily outpacing Gyepes from the halfway line to slot past Stuart Taylor. Hudson looks a great deal slower than Gyepes ever has - a major worry for the Bluebirds.
Neil Mellor is probably the most technically girfet of the three, and has the most league goals (5) to his name thus far this season. The former Liverpool man has a high work-rate and will be looking forward to testing himself against the City defence, he has a knack of scoring important goals. Hopefully, not tomorrow.
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