Saturday afternoon Preston North End welcome Derby County to Deepdale on matchday 12 in the EFL Championship.

We look at some stats to predict the match.

After a bright start to the season, Preston has gradually sunken down the league table with some disappointing displays on the pitch. They currently are on 18th in the league, inches away from the relegation zone. With 11 points from 11 matches, Preston have failed to register a single victory in their last five matches with four draws and one loss.

Preston have scored 12 goals so far from an xG of 12.24, which is on the lower side of the league average but have been on par with their metric. They have not struggled up front as much as they have failed to hold on to their leads and leaked goals at the back. They have conceded 15 goals yet which is hampered a lot of their progress.

Preston vs Derby County- Match Preview

Since getting ripped off their points after the club going into administration, Derby County are at the bottom of the league with just two points remaining in their tally. After a mediocre start to the season, it was a really unfortunate accident and Wayne Rooney’ men have started another journey to get out of the relegation zone. Coming on the back of a draw with Swansea, a win over Preston would be the perfect boost to their morale and an away win might even make it better.

Derby have only conceded eight goals having one of the most stable defences in the league but have struggled to score goals with only seven from an xG of 10.23, heavily underperforming it. The Rams need to start scoring more goals if they eye to get their campaign back on track again.

Preston vs Derby County- Match Preview

Derby’s struggle upfront is clearly visible as they have the least number of touches in the opposition penalty box(116) averaging only 10 touches per 90 in the box which is extremely less. They have failed to get into the opposition box which Preston might very well take advantage of.

Preston on the contrary, have way more touches in the opposition box with 176 which has been the league average. The Rams might fancy one of the best defences in the league but if they fail to score goals against Preston it can prove extremely difficult for them to contain the Lilywhites who have found a way to score goals in almost every match.

The Lilywhites are without Ali McCann and Ched Evans due to injuries while Sean Maguire still remains doubtful. The Rams however miss Nathan Byrne who is suspended for the clash.

Derby have won only one of their last 14 Championship away games while Preston has not won any of their last six games. It will certainly be an interesting clash between the two sides.

We predict a 1-1 draw.