Bet UK’s Preston North End Away Day Guide
Swansea City have an impressive record against Preston, winning 8 of the 10 matches between the 2 sides since 1993. That included a 1-0 win against Preston earlier this season, in Graham Potter’s first league game at the Liberty Stadium. Since the sides met in August, Swansea have enjoyed the better season with Preston spending time at the bottom of the table.
After their defeat at Swansea, Alex Neil’s side went on a 10 game winless run that left Preston at the bottom of the table. Their run was turned around with a 3-3 draw at Villa Park, which saw a completely different change in their form. Preston went unbeaten throughout October and November, losing just 1 game in their next 12. However they couldn’t keep that form up and Preston fans will be worried their side is in the midst of another poor run. 3 defeats in their last 4, as well as a FA Cup defeat to Doncaster, are threatening to send Preston back towards the relegation zone ahead of their match with Swansea.
When is Preston v Swansea City?
Preston v Swansea City kicks off at 3:00pm on Saturday 12th January. The match will be shown on Swans TV to all paying subscribers.
How to get to Deepdale?
Driving to Deepdale from Swansea
It’s about a 4 and a half hour drive up to Deepdale from Swansea, although it is a straightforward route. From Swansea, head onto the A465, keeping left at the fork to merge onto the A40. At the Over Ross Roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto the A449, before then taking the 3rd exit on the next roundabout onto the M50. At the end of the M50, turn left onto the M5 and then use the right hand lanes to merge onto the M6 just past Birmingham. The M6 will take you all the way up to Preston, before you come off at junction 31A towards Preston. From there, Deepdale is around 2 miles away, and will be signposted for the rest of the journey.
Car parking is fairly limited at Deepdale, and at a cost of up to £12.50 for the match, it can get quite expensive. Cheaper alternatives are available at the nearby Moorfields School, where parking is available for just £5. If all car parks are full, there are plenty of nearby streets with unrestricted parking to choose from.
Trains from Swansea to Deepdale
Regular trains from Swansea to Preston leave from 5:59 until 8:29, leaving enough time to get there on time. The journey is around 5 hours long and requires 2 changes on the route, one at Bristol and the other at Birmingham. On the way back, only the train leaving at 18:19 doesn’t require an overnight stay, arriving back in Swansea at 00:03 on Sunday morning. There are trains that leave at 17:17, although this could mean a rush from the ground to the station.
It’s about a 30 minute walk through the centre of Preston to reach Deepdale from the train station. Turn left out of the train station, before turning right at the end of the road, opposite the Old Vic pub. Take a left straight away, heading along Corporation Street towards the main road, the A59. Follow the A59 until the crossroads with the A6, where you cross over and head down Meadow Street, past Mo’s Grill House. At the end of Meadow St, turn left, walking alongside the A6063 until you see Deepdale on your right.
Hotels Near Deepdale for Swansea City Fans
Given Deepdale’s proximity to the centre of Preston, there are plenty of hotels for travelling Swansea fans to choose from. Alongside well-known brands such as Holiday Inn, Premier Inn and Travelodge, there are also independent hotels such as the Whitburn House Hotel, No.10 Preston and Winckley Square Hotel that can offer a cheaper alternative.
Pubs for Swansea Football Fans Near Deepdale
There aren’t a huge amount of pubs around Deepdale, with most pubs situated in the centre of Preston. Although, on matchdays, the police are well known to move away fans on, and bars can refuse to serve any away supporters. Instead, there are a couple of local social clubs that will welcome all away fans. The Fulwood Conservative Club and the Emmanuel Social Club both welcome away fans and also offer parking for just £3 on match days.
Where Next for Swansea City?
Swansea face home games against Sheffield United and Gillingham, the latter in the FA Cup, before a trip to Bristol City on the 2nd February.
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