PREVIEWS AND TEAM NEWS
Mansfield v Preston
Mansfield boss Keith Curle is expected to keep faith with a winning team.
Curle, who has no injury concerns or suspension problems, is expected to name a side unchanged from that which beat Rochdale on Saturday.
Preston duo David Healy and Chris Lucketti miss out after suffering groin injuries in the defeat to Sunderland.
Claude Davis (hamstring), Marlon Broomes (ankle) are also missing, and Portsmouth say on-loan defender John Curtis cannot play.
STAGS READY FOR CUP TEST
WITH four successive home wins behind them, in-form Mansfield Town are relishing the visit of Championship outfit Preston North End for tomorrow night's Carling Cup first round clash (7.45pm).
With one or two knocks from Saturday, manager Keith Curle is delaying naming his side.
But he said: "We will have our work cut out as they are a team with some quality plaayers.
"But if they arrive here not 100 per cent focused we will turn them over.
"After their manager, Craig Brown, went they started off with two wins under Billy Davies. But now they have lost two and this will be a real test of character for them.
"The last place they will want to be coming right now is Mansfield."
One player who will not be involved is Preston striker Joe O'Neill who is on a three-month loan at Field Mill.
This will be the third attempt to play this tie after it was twice postponed due to problems with a huge plastics factory fire near Field Mill.
The winners will be away to Leicester City in the next round.
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