posted on Dec, 17 2004 @ 02:33 PM
Preston return to Deepdale looking to get back to winning ways after embarrassing back-to-back derby defeats at Wigan and Burnley. Billy Davies' side
were beaten 5-0 by the Latics and then 2-0 at Turf Moor, continuing their dreadful sequence of results away from home.
They have fared better at home this season, however, winning seven of their 11 Championship matches at Deepdale.
Davies looks certain to hand a debut in midfield to Filipe Oliveira, who has signed on a month's loan from Premiership leaders Chelsea.
Goalkeeper Andy Lonergan is close to a return for North End after his hand injury, but Simon Lynch has joined Blackpool on loan and Eric Skora and
Andy Smith are long-term absentees.
West Ham boss Alan Pardew has included recent signing Gavin Williams in his squad for the first time after he completed a three-match suspension.
Pardew has options in attack, with Teddy Sheringham in contention to replace Sergei Rebrov alongside top scorer Marlon Harewood.
Defender Malky Mackay is available again after a month-long absence with a calf injury and he will challenge Darren Powell and Anton Ferdinand for a