After the first eleven matches of the season, the EFL Championship’s league table is starting to shape up. The promotion contenders have secured themselves respectable positions heading into October’s international break, along with some surprising names. With the distance between West Bromwich Albion at the top and tenth-placed Charlton Athletic being only four points, this could be a sign for an exciting season coming up.

Among the current top ten, there are names that were once thrived in the Premier League and hoping to find their glory days. There are also clubs who have been consistent performers of the Championship and one of them are Preston North End. The Lilywhites are currently sitting third on the league table, with only one point separating them from leaders West Brom and Nottingham Forest.

They have showcased an attractive style of play that relies on quick turnovers, creating counter-attacks and high pressing. Being the league’s top-scorer with 23 goals and fourth-best in terms of goal conceded with 12 goals, Preston look destined to become a contender for an automatic promotion spot. This tactical analysis scout report will provide an analysis of the secrets that contribute to Preston’s amazing start. Meanwhile, using statistics and footage, we will look at the noticeable tactical points and individuals in their tactics.


When Alex Neil was appointed as Preston’s head coach back in July 2017, he immediately employed the style of play that he felt suitable for the side.

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