Preston have been performing well in League One so far this season and despite a surprise opening-day defeat to Colchester, sit in fifth place in the table.
Notts County, on the other hand, have suffered mixed fortunes and although they lie in a respectable ninth, they have had to dig deep at times to grind our results.
The latest football betting odds from bwin.com place Preston as favourites to win the tie at 4/5, with the draw priced at 47/20 and the away win available at 3/1.
If we take a look at the form book, it shows Preston to be coming into Saturday’s encounter after a home win against Exeter and a 2-0 victory away at Chesterfield.
But for a late equaliser, they also would have walked away from Scunthorpe with a victory.
However, the Magpies will be slightly more anxious after recent league defeats at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton.
A cracking opening-day 3-0 win at Carlisle proved they can be a threat away from home, but Martin Allen’s men will need an inspiring performance to stop North End, who may have the automatic promotion places in their sights before long.
With defender Danny Devine ruled out through a broken jaw and Conor McLaughlin returning to the squad at right-back, boss Phil Brown may have some work to do to stabilise his back line.
And with Notts County rumoured to be bringing in an unnamed striker before the game to compliment the recent signing of midfielder Gavin Mahon, a clean sheet may not necessarily be on the cards for the hosts.
With this in mind – plus the fact that Preston have gone in 1-0 up at the interval in their last three games – a bet on Preston/draw may be good value at 23/2 in the half-time/full-time market for anyone who thinks County could get some kind of result here.
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However, Allen’s mounting injury problems may ultimately mean his side will face an uphill struggle against the seemingly in-form Preston, who should
see out the win in front of their home fans.
Football betting fans who believe the hosts will get the job done could win £90 from a £10 stake on them to triumph 2-1 at odds of 8/1.
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