Sky Sports pundit David Prutton is expecting a close encounter when Preston North End host Blackburn Rovers on Monday night.
The Lilywhites have their second home derby in Lancashire this month, following victory over rivals Blackpool. Rovers will travel to Deepdale to keep their hopes of a fading play-off alive as the season draws to a close.
Tony Mowbray’s side have been in fine form since February, having spent most of the season in the top six before the fall of recent months. They are now three points behind sixth-placed Sheffield United, who have played the same number of games, while Millwall are in seventh place.
North End, meanwhile, aren’t playing for much more than pride and bragging rights, with Ryan Lowe’s men sitting mid-table heading into the final three matches. They will be out for revenge after they tasted defeat at Ewood Park in the reverse game – a game played in horrible conditions.
Prutton watched PNE’s win over Blackpool live and that game will also be shown on Sky Sports. Ahead of the game, the presenter and pundit gave his thoughts on how things will go under the Deepdale lights.
In his prediction column for Sky, Prutton wrote: “This season is probably not ending the way Ryan Lowe would have hoped for Preston.” But they’re comfortable enough and he’ll want to finish it off with some success so they have something to build on for the future.
“Blackburn’s play-off hopes are fading fast. It’s been a nightmare for them in 2022 and it’s hard to see them winning their last three games to give them a chance to get back into the top six. Draw here for me. 1-1.’