Man City vs Preston North End Preview, Prediction, Latest Team News, Club friendlies 21/22
Premier League champions Manchester City will face Preston North End on Tuesday 27th July as part of their pre-season schedule, with Alley Sport bringing Man City vs Preston North End preview and the insights to this friendly clash.
The fixture will take place at City’s Academy Stadium, which is located just across the road from the Etihad, and will get underway at 7pm. Pep Guardiola’s side raced away to the Premier League title last season, while also lifting the EFL Cup and making it to the Champions League final for the first time in club history, only to be beaten at the last hurdle by Chelsea.
Man City vs Preston North End: Preview
Preston North End’s friendly against Manchester City next week will be moved behind closed doors, according to reports. The Lilywhites were set for a 7pm kick-off on Tuesday, 27 July against Pep Guardiola’s men, with the game scheduled to be held at City’s impressive Academy Stadium.
City’s training ground has been hit by a Covid-19 outbreak in the last few days, which forced them to close the academy building at the Academy for a deep-clean. The number of positive cases from an Academy training camp had jumped into double figures, with all under-18s and under-23s players told to stay away from the training complex for 10 days.PNE’s friendly was meant to have supporters in attendance, including away fans, at the 7,000 seater-ground.
Following a period in the wilderness of League One between 2011 and 2015, Preston have enjoyed much more stability in the Championship over recent years, with their lowest finish since returning to the second division coming when they ended last season in 14th place – still 21 points clear of safety.
Man City vs Preston North End: Prediction
Preston will fly out of the blocks and should give a second-string City side, whose defence is far from perfect, a few problems early on, but the sheer class of the Premier League champions, as it does on 99 out of 100 occasions, will ultimately shine through the longer the game goes on. It hasn’t been all that long since these two last met in a competitive fixture, having faced each other in September 2019 in an EFL Cup tie at Deepdale, and it was City who came out on top with a 3-0 victory.
Man City vs Preston North End Preview: Latest Team News
Preston will be without captain and central defender Tom Clarke, who has been an indispensable figure for the Championship side, while striker Louis Moult is the club’s only long-term absentee. While Pep Guardiola hasn’t revealed about the availability of the players for this coming friendly against Preston North End.
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