Losing top scorer Callum Robinson to newly-promoted Sheffield United in the Premier League is a huge blow, and they will be hoping the experienced David Nugent will be able to find the goals to compensate.
Coming off the back of a good pre-season and keeping hold of manager Alex Neil should hold them in good stead, but you would hope to see more incomings to strengthen the squad if they are to improve on their 14th place finish.
Preston North End Opening Fixtures
The fixture super-computer has been kind to Preston, handing them no ties against any time higher than a top 9 finish last time around. The campaign starts away to Millwall before a home match against Wigan. A trip to Swansea is followed by Stoke and Sheffield Wednesday visiting Deepdale before an away day at Nottingham Forest completes the opening six.
Preston North End Penalty Takers
Midfielders Paul Gallagher and Daniel Johnson both scored all their respective spot-kicks, with Gallagher scoring 3 and Johnson 2.
Preston North End EFL Fantasy Picks
With the loss of Robinson, goals may again be an issue, with only 1 other player getting into double digits last season, in midfielder Alan Browne, with 12 goals and 6 assists. Penalty taking duo Gallagher and Johnson registered a respectable 6 goals, 8 assists and 7 goals, 5 assists.
Preston North End Predicted Lineup
4-2-3-1: Rudd; Fisher, Davies, Storey, Hughes; Johnson, Gallagher; Maguire, Browne, Barkhuizen, Nugent