Who will be the ultimate winner or will it end in a stalemate? We look at some stats to find out.
Bristol City have had a very inconsistent start to the season with two wins, two losses and one draw. They currently sit 11th in the league with seven goals scored and seven goals conceded. With a total of 47 shots attempted they have kept 34% of them on target yielding an xG of 6.41, pretty average in the league right now. Andreas Weimann, currently the joint top scorer in the league, has scored four goals for City so far.
After a disappointing start to the season with three losses on the trot, Preston has gradually started to pull themselves back into the game with two consecutive victories over Peterborough and Swansea City. They have scored six goals with a total of 55 shots taken with 36.4% of them on target. With an xG of 6.43, City and Preston have been giving each other neck to neck competition everywhere.
With the joint second-best defence in the league, Preston North End have conceded 12 shots on goal but managed to concede eight goals from there, the second-highest in the league. The positive to get out from there for Frankie McAvoy’s men will be that they have conceded seven out of those in the first three defeats, since then they have won two consecutive games and conceded only one however having one of the best defence in the league still.
Bristol City has allowed a lot more shots on their goal (20) conceding seven in the process and has failed to keep a single clean sheet, a pretty average and inconsistent performance.
Nigel Pearson will have a full team available on Saturday when they host Preston at Ashton Gate and so will McAvoy with no injuries in the Preston camp.
Bristol City are yet to win a game at home this season and Preston are yet to win a game away from home. It is going to be an equally poised game.
We predict a draw or a win for the Preston side currently going through redemption against a shaky and inconsistent Bristol City – if they manage to keep Weimann at bay.