Preston North End

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Deepdale

17/02/2018 | 3:00 pm

Wolverhampton Wanderers

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Deepdale

17/02/2018 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence: League leaders Wolves travel to Lancashire to face a tricky contest with the impressive Preston. This could well prove to be a Premier League match next season with Preston just three points outside the playoffs

Last time: A bad tempered 0-0 draw was the result when Wolves last visited Deepdale. During a cold November 2016 Championship clash, eight yellow cards were brandished in a stale share of the spoils.

This time: Preston are 13/5 to win with Wolves at 21/20 and the draw 23/10

You might remember: In November 2015, Preston took an early lead through Daniel Johnson. However, two red cards reduced the Lilywhites to nine men. They held on until the 91st minute when Kevin McDonald rescued a point for the travelling support.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

With three months of the season still to go, Leo Bonatini already has 12 goals to his name in his first year in England

Former Norwich coach Alex Neil has been doing a fine job at Deepdale since taking at the beginning of the season and has his Preston side on the cusp of the playoffs. Wolves have seemingly been destined for the Premier league from the very start of the campaign and will not want to allow there healthy twelve-point lead be eroded by any slip ups. Two teams with much to play will make for a fascinating afternoon of action.

Preston North End are 13/5 to win the match and against the dominate league leaders that is no surprise. Preston’s problem is that it is their away from that has kept them in play off contention and not form at home. With 24 points picked up at Deepdale, the Lilywhites sit 13th in the form table and that may be a worry as Wolves come to town.

Wolves are 21/20 to win and that is where a majority of the money will go. On their travels, Wolves have picked up more wins, more points and conceded fewer points than anyone else making them confident for the trip up the M6 and looking good value.

The draw is 23/10 and that would not the be worst for either side with easier fodder to pick up in the rest of the season. The two have also drawn three of their last seven meetings but Wolves are a different team now and the home side may target a share of the spoils prior to kick off.

Over 2.5 goals in the game is 5/4 and if there is one thing certain, it is that Wolves will find the back of the net at least once. In fifteen away games they have scored 15 times at an average of 1.53 goals per game. However, Wolves have scored six in their last three as have Preston making for a high scoring affair.

Bonatini to score at anytime is 8/5. The Wolves forward has netted 12 times in the league this season and will be eager to add another notch to his tally and overtake team mate Jota in his own right.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

A penalty. That is exactly what happened when the two met in the reverse fixture at Molineux earlier in the season.

For a penalty to be awarded in the game is 7/2 and despite no obvious rivalry, when the pair collide there is often an abundance of cards on show.

2

We fancy:

Both teams to score and Wolves to win is 15/4 and it would be hard to back against the league leaders.

Wolves have proven their credentials this season, but their opponents are no mugs and will at least trouble the score sheet.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Wolves to win 3-0 is great value at 18/1 and not such the long shot one may have thought.

Already twice this season the Wanderers have managed to win by that margin and no one can doubt their credentials.

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Written by Ian Waterhouse

Ian Waterhouse is a sports, fitness and betting writer with extensive experience in all sectors of the gambling industry. When he’s not trawling through the odds, you’ll probably find Ian on the golf course – probably the bunker!