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MansionBet Match Preview: Preston North End (H)

City shift their focus back to the Sky Bet Championship for the first time in 2021 with Preston North End visiting Ashton Gate.

In partnership with MansionBet, here’s a preview ahead of our next fixture...

Just a point separates the two teams, who get set to meet again in the Championship a month after their last match up.

A questionable penalty decision won the game for the Lilywhites at Deepdale back in December, with Daniel Johnson converting from the spot. Despite an improved second-half display, City were unable to force an equaliser in a 1-0 defeat a week before Christmas.

City have won one and lost won since, with this being their first Championship fixture since December 29th, following the double postponement of the Brentford match.

However, the Robins were successful in their first game of 2021 when they took on Portsmouth in the Emirates FA Cup, where Chris Martin’s memorable strike firing Dean Holden’s side into the fourth round.

As for Preston, their 1-0 victory over the Robins started a three-game clean sheet and winning streak as they went on to beat Derby County and Coventry, before starting the new year with defeat at Nottingham Forest.

Their FA Cup journey fell at the first hurdle too with Wycombe Wanderers running out 4-1 winners last weekend.

But Preston have become a notorious 'bogey' side with City's long run of games without victory over the Lilywhites having stretched to 15 after December's outcome. The Robins last beat Preston on February 5th 2011 in a 4-0 win with Kalifa Cissé, now of the coaching staff, featuring in that game.

MATCH DETAILS 

Where: Ashton Gate
When: Saturday, January 16th, 3pm KO
Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Referee: Dean Whitestone
Assistants: Adam Crysell and Mark Pottage
Fourth official: Martin Woods

DOWN MEMORY LANE

Bristol City 3-0 Preston
Ashton Gate

Sunday, May 4th 2008
Sky Bet Championship

City clinched the play-offs with a 3-0 Ashton Gate victory against Preston North End. Lee Trundle fired Gary Johnson’s side ahead, before he turned supplier for Michael McIndoe.

The damage was done inside the first 45 minutes but David Noble added the icing on the cake early into the second half.

City went on to defeat Crystal Palace en route to the Wembley final, where it was heartbreak at the hands of Hull City.

Lee Trundle scoring against Preston in May 2008

HEAD TO HEAD*

Preston v Bristol City

Played: 92
City won: 26 (29%)
Drew: 32
City lost: 34

Bristol City goals: 32
Preston goals: 37

Bristol City top goalscorers: Nahki Wells (5)
Preston top goalscorer: Scott Sinclair (7)

Bristol City most assists: Antoine Semenyo (6)
Preston most assists: Daniel Johnson, Ryan Ledson (3)

Bristol City clean sheets: 8
Preston clean sheets: 7

League positions
Bristol City: 10th (33 points)
Preston: 12th (32 points)

*All competitions unless stated

Famara Diédhiou curled City ahead last weekend v Portsmouth
Chris Martin's winner put us into the fourth round of the FA Cup

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