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Blackburn take on Preston in pick of the pre-season friendlies

| 20.07.2010

On a busy day of pre-season friendly fixtures, the pick of the matches is a Lancashire derby between Preston and Blackburn at Deepdale.

Darren Ferguson’s Preston side will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing Championship campaign which saw them finish 17th last season, and they are 13/5 to claim a surprise win.

Their opponents Blackburn, meanwhile, are 5/6 favourites to win the match.

Another clash of Lancastrian titans sees Premier League newcomers Blackpool host Accrington Stanley.

The Seasiders are a convincing 4/7 to put Stanley to the sword, while a shock victory for the League Two side is available at 4/1.

There is also a Lancashire head-to-head at Boundary Park, where Oldham are 4/1 to cause a stir by beating Premier League side Wigan.

West Brom continue preparations for their return to the top flight with a trip to League two side Crewe Alexandra.

The visitors are much fancied at 4/7 to win the tie, though the hosts are a threat at 7/2, and with the towering Calvin Zola leading their attack, Crewe could prove to be a handful.

Crewe’s League Two rivals Bury, meanwhile, are 10/3 outsiders to claim victory when they entertain Championship newboys Leeds (4/6 to win) at Gigg Lane.

There are plenty of potential shocks on the cards in today’s pre-season friendlies. Rotherham are 10/3 to beat Leicester, who lie two divisions above the Millers. See the full Rotherham vs Leicester market.



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.