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Preview: Preston North End vs Stags (Carabao Cup)

28 August 2020

Match Previews

Preview: Preston North End vs Stags (Carabao Cup)

28 August 2020

The Stags return to competitive action for the first time since March this Saturday, when they travel to face Preston North End in the first round of the Carabao Cup.


After a number of summer signings, the Stags' starting side will no doubt have a different look to the one that turned out against Northampton in Mansfield's last league game.

Midfielder Ollie Clarke will continue to be assessed in the days leading up to the fixture after a recent calf strain.

Defender Joe Riley will miss the game due to an ACL injury suffered in training.

The hosts may be without Darnell Fisher and Louis Moult for the game, after the pair missed a recent friendly with Salford City.


The Stags won their last competitive fixture, beating now-promoted Northampton Town in March. Over pre-season, Mansfield have recorded one victory, against Nottingham Forest under-23s at the RH Academy.

North End have won and drawn each of their pre-season clashes, beating Salford 3-1 and recording a 1-1 draw with Tranmere Rovers.


We last faced Preston in a League Cup fixture back in 2004. It was a day to forget for the amber and blue, as their Championship opponents ran out 4-0 winners.


The referee for Saturday's game will be Ross Joyce, assisted by Geoffrey Liddle and Paul Newhouse. The fourth official will be Simon Mather.


Supporters wishing to watch this match live can do so on iFollow Stags. Match passes are available at just £10, and can be purchased here.

A reminder that season ticket holders are required to purchase a match pass for this weekend's game.

Looking to watch the game on your tablet or mobile? You will need to download the new EFL iFollow app. Read more here.

iFollow Stags subscribers who do not wish to purchase a match pass for the game can still access live match commentary, courtesy of commentators Martin Shaw and Dean Foulkes.

Audio match passes are also available for just £2.50 for non-subscribers.

As ever, you can also follow the action live via our Twitter match updates, which can be found here.

The match centre on will also contain Opta-populated updates, and can be accessed here.

A report of the match will be published on the club website following the full-time whistle, and post-match reaction will be available to view on and iFollow Stags.

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