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James Crawley

James Crawley writes

Posted Friday, September 10th 2021

🔎 MansionBet Match Preview: PNE (H)

We return from the international break to face Preston North End at Ashton Gate (September 11th). 

Here we take a closer look at our opponents as we gear up for Saturday's action.

Our opponents

Preston ended the 2020/21 campaign with the joint-best form with one draw and four wins from the final five games – a streak only matched by Brentford. It was a stretch which helped lift the Lilywhites to 13th come the final league standings and led to the permanent appointment of Frankie McAvoy as Head Coach.

However, a crushing 4-1 defeat on the opening day was hardly the start to a new campaign the club would have hoped for, especially in front of their returning fanbase too. In fact, the Lilywhites lost their first three league games with narrow defeats to Reading (2-1) and Middlesbrough (1-0) – both of those came on the road as they seek a first away league win of the campaign.

There has been improved form in the Carabao Cup, with wins over Mansfield (3-0) and Morecambe (4-2) helping Preston advance into Round Three where they face League One newcomers Cheltenham Town in September.

Yet confidence will have begun to flow through Preston’s veins as they now head to BS3 having won their last three games in all competitions. They went on to beat Peterborough 1-0 and Swansea City 3-1 either side of that victory over Morecambe and it remains to be seen if the international break has been a potential hindrance rather than a welcome opportunity to recharge.


Formed: 1880
Stadium: Deepdale
Nickname: Lilywhites
Manager: Frankie McAvoy
Finish last season: 13th, Sky Bet Championship


  • First Division winners 1888/89*, 1899/00 - runners-up 6 times

  • Second Division winners 1903/04, 1912/13, 1950/51 - runners-up 1914/15, 1933/34

  • Third Division winners 1970/71, 1999/00 - Play-off winners 2014/15

  • Fourth Division winners 1995/96 - runners-up 1986/87

  • FA Cup winners: 1889*, 1938

  • Football League War Cup winners 1940/41

  • Lancashire Senior Cup winners: 6 times

*Preston North End were the first team to win the domestic ‘double’ feat in England winning both the inaugural First Division and FA Cup in 1888/89. They became the original ‘Invincibles’ having gone that league campaign unbeaten (27 games).


Where: Ashton Gate Stadium
When: Saturday, September 11th, 3pm KO
Competition: Sky Bet Championship, Matchday 6

Referee: Tim Robinson
Assistant referee: Nigel Lugg
Assistant referee: Ian Cooper
Fourth official: Ryan Atkin

⚽️ Our last game: Match action v Cardiff City

City headed into the international break off the back of three points as Andreas Weimann's double secured bragging rights in the Severnside derby.

His near-post finish gave City a half-time lead before Dan Bentley’s unfortunate own goal saw Cardiff level the scores.

But Weimann was the hero of the occasion with a rocket of a volley from Antoine Semenyo's cross and he raced to celebrate in front of the 2,453 travelling supporters at the Cardiff City Stadium.


Emil Riis Jakobsen

The Denmark Under-21 international has certainly come into his own this season. He has five goals split between two in the Championship and three in the Carabao Cup with his side set to face Cheltenham Town in Round Three later this month.

His first league goal of the season came on the opening day as Preston suffered a 4-1 home defeat to Hull City but he was back on the scoresheet in a 3-1 win over Swansea last time out.

Jakobsen’s youth career started at Danish outfit Randers before a move to Derby County’s Academy setup in 2015 where he helped the Under-23s win the Premier League 2 Division One title. There was a brief loan spell at VVV-Venlo, however he went back to Anders in June 2018 where he gradually became a regular member of the first team. He signed for Preston in October 2020, scoring three goals in 39 appearances come the end of the campaign.


Bristol City 4-2 Preston North End
Ashton Gate

City's ability to take their chances proved fruitful as they brushed Preston aside in BS3.

The visitors mustered an incredible 19 attempts on goal in the first half alone but City led at the break thanks to goals from Danny Haynes and Liam Fontaine.

Chris Brown headed in from Chris Sedgwick's cross to halve the scores but City added to their first-half strikes through Louis Carey and Evander Sno. Ross Wallace scored with e free kick for Preston late on in what was a mere consolation.

The score meant defeat on Darren Ferguson's Preston managerial debut.

Evander Sno celebrates


Bristol City

Matches v the opposition: 93
Won: 27
Drew: 32
Lost: 34

The 2021/22 season so far...

Goals scored: 9
Goals conceded: 9 

Championship position: 11th (7 points)
Carabao Cup: Round One
FA Cup: Round Three (January 2022)

Yellow cards: 12
Red cards: 0

Top goalscorer: Andi Weimann 4
Most assists: Chris Martin 2
Best average rating (Opta): Weimann 7.27

Possession: 45.6%
Passing percentage: 68%
Tackle success percentage: 69%
Average aerial duels won: 30.7


Matches v opposition: 93
Won: 34 
Drew: 32
Lost: 27

The 2021/22 season so far...

Goals scored: 10
Goals conceded: 10

Championship position: 16th (6 points)
Carabao Cup: Round Three (to play Cheltenham Town)
FA Cup: Round Three (January 2022)

Yellow cards: 14
Red cards: 0

Top goalscorer: Emil Riis Jakobsen 6
Most assists: Sean Maguire 2
Best average rating (Opta): Patrick Bauer 7.24

Possession: 50.3%
Passing percentage: 73.3%
Tackle success percentage: 71%
Average aerial duels won: 25


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Enjoy the game!

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