In these strange times Preston will play their League Cup tie against Mansfield on Saturday 29 August. The league campaign will then commence two weeks later with a home game against Swansea who finished the last campaign in the top six.
North End then travel to newly relegated Norwich before a home game against big spending Stoke and games against Brentford and Cardiff who both finished in the play offs last season.
It is a tough opening for Preston against sides who will be expected to be challenging for the play off places this season. At present no fans will attend games but the current expectation is that limited fans will be allowed back into stadiums in October.
Everything is subject to change and delay due to the pandemic but Preston are presently working on the basis that a limited number of fans might be able to return for the home game against Cardiff which is set to take place on Saturday 17 October 2020.
At present pilot schemes are underway but had been delayed until recently. Much will be dependent upon infection rates and ultimately the government will decide when fans can return although it is anticipated that any crowds will be drastically reduced potentially to around 30% of the stadium's capacity with no away fans.
Preston will travel to Derby over the festive season with Coventry at home and then Nottingham Forest at Deepdale for the start of 2021. North End will also finish the season away in Nottingham.