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🔎 MansionBet Match Preview: Preston North End (A)

Take an in-depth look at how City match up against Preston North End when they meet at Deepdale on Saturday afternoon (3pm).

🔴 OURSELVES

City head into this game off the back of a narrow 2-1 defeat away to Luton Town at Kenilworth Road on Tuesday night and Nigel Pearson will be keen to see his side bounce back when they travel to Deepdale in search for their first away win of 2022.

After netting his 14th of the season against the Hatters on Tuesday night, Andreas Weimann will be eager to continue his rich vein of form in front of goal after bagging seven goals in his last six Sky Bet Championship matches.

Antoine Semenyo has also burst into life since returning to the starting line-up after notching up five assists and three goals in his previous seven outings. 

City's Assistant Manager Curtis Fleming desires another 'high energy' display, but he has warned that the Robins need to start converting their positive performances into points. 

“We probably didn't get what we deserved from the game on Tuesday but most games are won or lost on that little bit of quality in the final third and the determination to keep the ball out of the net," said Fleming. 

"We're a real threat as we're a high energy team and our recent performances have been good but we have to be honest, we have to improve on defending from set pieces."

🧳 OUR OPPONENTS

Preston North End come into this game off the back of a 2-0 win victory against high-flying West Brom at the Hawthorns after going four games without a win prior to that. .

After netting against promotion favourites West Brom, Emil Riis Jakobsen's confidence will be sky-high as he aims to add to his tally of 15 goals for the campaign.

The Lilywhites currently sit in 13th, the position they finished in last season, therefore they'll be aiming to make progress on last campaign's placing currently sitting eight points outside of the play-off spots with one game in hand. 

📝 PRESTON NORTH END PROFILE

Formed: 1880
Stadium: Deepdale
Nickname: Lilywhites
Manager: Ryan Lowe
Finish last season: 13th, Championship

Honours:

First Division winners 1888/89*, 1899/00 
Second Division winners 1903/04, 1912/13, 1950/51 
Third Division winners 1970/71, 1999/00 - Play-off winners 2014/15
Fourth Division winners 1995/96 
FA Cup winners: 1889*, 1938
Football League War Cup winners 1940/41
Lancashire Senior Cup winners: 6 times


📍 MATCH DETAILS 

Where: Deepdale
When: Saturday, January 30th (3pm)
Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Referee: John Busby
Assistant Referee: Matthew Jones
Assistant Referee: Geoffrey Liddle 
Fourth Official: Anthony Backhouse


🆚 HEAD TO HEAD

BRISTOL CITY

Match vs the opposition: 94
Won: 27
Drew: 33
Lost: 34

The 2021/22 season so far in all competitions…

Goals scored: 38
Goals conceded: 52

Championship position: 16th (33 points)
Carabao Cup: First Round
FA Cup: Round Three 

Yellow cards: 50
Red cards: 1

Top goalscorer: Andi Weimann (14)
Top assists: Antoine Semenyo (6)

 

PRESTON NORTH END

Match vs the opposition: 94
Won: 34
Drew: 33
Lost: 27

The 2021/22 season so far in all competitions…

Goals scored: 43
Goals conceded: 40

Championship position: 13th (36 points)
Carabao Cup: Round of 16
FA Cup: Round Three

Yellow cards: 57
Red cards: 2

Top goalscorer: Emil Riis Jakobsen (14)
Top assists: Benjamin Whiteman (5)


MATCH REWIND 

Result: Preston 0-4 Bristol City
When: 05.02.11
Competition: Sky Bet Championship

City raced away to score the opener on five minutes when Andy Keogh hit the back of the net from a n Steven Caulker pass.

After the break, David Clarkson nodded in Brett Pitman's cross to put the Robins 2-0 up.

City pushed on and got their reward when Clarkson swept in his second after Keogh's shot fell to him then Pitman added a late fourth after picking up a pass from Martyn Woolford.


👀 ONE TO WATCH

EMIL RISS JAKOBSEN

With a total of 18 goal contributions in all competitions so far this season, Jakobsen leads Preston's goal scorer tally as well as being second in their assists charts with four to his name. 

His first league goal of the season came on the opening day as Preston suffered a 4-1 home defeat to Hull City, his last goal came in the game at the Hawthrons as the Lilywhites beat the Baggies 2-0 on Wednesday night.

After joining Preston in 2020 from Danish side Randers, the 23-year-old has gone on to make 71 appearances. He has netted 17 times with 14 of those coming in the 21/22 campaign.

 


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