At the Deepdale stadium, Preston North End welcomed in-form Huddersfield Town with the aim of extending their three-match unbeaten run and two-match winning streak. Their steady start to the season helped Alex Neil’s side rise up in the Championship league table and now occupy the second spot, just behind leader West Bromwich Albion two points.

Meanwhile, Huddersfield Town have seen a major U-turn in their form after the arrival of Danny Cowley and his brother Nicky Cowley. This earned the former Lincoln manager the October’s Manager of the Month award and they hoped to build on from this to improve their position on the league table. Unfortunately, facing Preston seemed like too big an obstacle for them as they found themselves being outplayed and eventually ended up with a 3-1 loss.

This tactical analysis will provide an analysis of Preston’s dominant 3-1 win over Huddersfield. Meanwhile, using statistics, we will point out what went wrong for Cowley’s tactics against Neil’s tactics.


Preston entered this match lining up in their familiar 4-2-3-1 formation. One of their major absences from the squad was Ben Pearson due to suspension after he received the maximum of yellow cards. Along with that, another former Manchester United graduate in Josh Harrop also missed out from the match as he continued his recovery from injury.

At the same time, another central midfielder who also turned out to be Neil’s key player this season, Daniel Johnson, remained doubtful and was not registered among the substitutes.

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