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Posted Wednesday, July 22nd 2020

Preview: Preston North End (H)

The curtain comes down on another action-packed Sky Bet Championship campaign, with City and Preston meeting at Ashton Gate this evening.

It's been a journey like no other and one full of ups and downs for different reasons. Tonight it draws to a close with City hosting Preston; two teams who know they are playing for pride with their play-off hopes over for another season.

Alex Neil's side are unable to reach Cardiff City – who need only a point to absolutely cement that final play-off place – with Welsh rivals Swansea City the only club with an outside chance of pipping the Bluebirds to sixth spot.

While their Championship rivals battle it out for potential promotion, however, the Lilywhites could yet equal their highest EFL finish in recent years – not bad for a club whose average finish over the last decade would place them in the relegation zone.

In similar ways to the Robins’ campaign, Preston’s ability to be in the hunt for so long stemmed from a positive first few months to the campaign, when a run of just three defeats in 15 games saw them top the table at the start of November.

Inconsistent form over the winter period, which saw seven defeats from 11 games, and a seven-game run without victory either side of the season’s suspension didn’t help their cause.

As a result, North End boss Neil has spoken of his “disappointment” they weren’t able to reach the top six this term.

He has also started his desire to hold on to the players he currently has in the hope of going one step further next season, while accepting the club's budget will limit their ability to attract big-name signings. “We’re not going to invest like other teams will, our model is different,” he says.

Tonight's match is exclusively live on Robins TV where it will be free to Season Card holders via your redeemable voucher code. Non-Season Card holders are able to purchase a £10 matchday pass, which is only valid for Wednesday night's fixture.

Fans who subscribe can enjoy all the benefits of the Robins TV Live matchday production (the show starts at 6.30pm), which includes a pre-match show, half-time analysis, post-match reaction and the game itself inclusive of commentary and replays.

Head to the Robins TV website, login with your Bristol Sport Club Account, head to the packages page and select your matchday pass.

MATCH DETAILS

  • Date: Wednesday, July 22nd
  • Kick-off: 7.30pm
  • Competition: Sky Bet Championship
  • Where: Ashton Gate Stadium
  • Officials: Andy Woolmer (referee), Mark Jones (assistant), Adam Crysell assistant), John Busby (fourth official)

HEAD TO HEAD

Bristol City v Preston
W: 26 (29%)
D: 31
L: 33

 

FORM - Last five games (left-right starts with most recent)
Bristol City: LDWWL
Preston: WLDWD

Taylor Moore scored his first City goal in the 3-3 reverse fixture in September

CLUB NEWS

Diédhiou won but missed a penalty in the 1-0 defeat to Swansea at the weekend

WORD FROM THE CAMP

Interim Head Coach says his message to the players this week stressed the importance of what it means to wear the Bristol City shirt.

He wants to see one final "massive effort" from the squad as they prepare for tonight's season finale against the Lilywhites.

 

Andreas Weimann also spoke to the media on Tuesday, with his new central position a hot topic.

The Austrian has often played either as a striker or winger during his two seasons at City, but he has recently been played in a central attacking-midfield role.

Weimann has nine goals to his name in the current campaign and he’s enjoyed further success since operating slightly deeper too, grabbing four assists in two games (versus Middlesbrough and Stoke City) during Holden’s caretaker guise and Weimann said it’s something he has taken in his stride.

 

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MEMORABLE FIXTURE

Preston North End 0-4 Bristol City
Saturday, February 5th 2011
Npower Championship
Scorers: Keogh 5, Clarkson 56, 65, Pitman 85
Att: 11,784

City compiled more misery on Preston North End who found themselves struggling at the foot of the npower Championship table.

Home debutant Eddie Johnson could have put his side ahead but blazed over before Keith Millen's Robins raced into an early lead when on-loan Wolves striker Andy Keogh met Steven Caulker’s pass.

David James superbly denied Nathan Ellington but City were impressive and doubled their lead after the break when David Clarkson headed in moments after squandering another headed chance.

The Scotsman completed his brace not long afterwards when he stabbed home a rebound following a Keogh shot.

Brett Pitman then rounded off the goal-scoring action with a strike from 18-yards.

As fate would have it, the full-time celebrations in the away end nine years ago were the last to mark a City victory over the Lilywhites. Until tonight?...

City XI: James, McAllister, Fontaine, Carey, Caulker, Elliott, Woolford, Cisse, Adomah, Clarkson, Keogh.

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