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Championship leaders Newcastle United take on Preston North End at Deepdale this afternoon.

Rafa Benitez's side lead the division by three points ahead of the game (3pm kick-off).

Newcastle beat Preston 6-0 in the EFL Cup at St James's Park on Tuesday night.

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But United manager Benitez, set to be without leading scorer Dwight Gayle, is expecting a very different game at Deepdale, where his team will be backed by 5,620 travelling fans.

"Preston have been doing well against top sides, and they are very dangerous to play against now," said Benitez.

Preston are expecting their biggest home crowd since 2009.

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