Match preview: Stevenage vs Preston North End

Scott Laird beats Roarie Deacon to the ball in Preston's 3-0 win over Stevenage. Photo: Stuart Bogg

Scott Laird beats Roarie Deacon to the ball in Preston's 3-0 win over Stevenage. Photo: Stuart Bogg Imaging - Credit: Stuart Bogg Imaging

Graham Westley’s men hope to extend their unbeaten run to five matches as his former club comes to town

Graham Westley’s Stevenage hope to extend their unbeaten run to five matches in League 1 this evening as they welcome Preston North End to the Lamex.

In what has been a remarkable turnaround in fortunes in recent weeks, Boro welcome Preston on the back of three wins and a draw from their last four games.

That run of results has seen Stevenage move off the bottom of the league table, and a win this evening could see them rise out of the relegation zone if Tranmere Rovers lose at Brentford.

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Stevenage will be without John Mousinho for tonight’s match. The midfielder is on loan from Preston North End, and cannot play against his parent club.

Should Michael Doughty have recovered from a hamstring injury he picked up at Crawley Town last week – a game that saw one of his best performances so far in a Stevenage shirt – then the midfielder is likely to take Mousinho’s place.

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The match may come too early for Filipe Morais. The former Oldham Athletic winger is working his way back from a knee injury.

Preston hope to have Bailey Wright back for the game following a knock he picked up in training. Captain John Welsh is also vying for a place in the starting XI.

Recent form

Stevenage’s good run of form is matched, actually surpassed, by Preston’s. The Lilywhites are on a 10-match unbeaten run of their own and are currently in fourth place in League 1.

Boro, though, have won all six of their Tuesday night league matches at the Lamex Stadium this season.

The last time they met

Preston were 3-0 winners in the game between the two sides earlier this season at Deepdale.

Former Boro player Scott Laird was among the scorers that day, along with Paul Huntington and Kevin Davies.

The last time the two sides met at Stevenage Westley was in charge of the visitors. That day, Preston won 4-1.

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