Our prediction for this Championship match:
Saturday’s football game at St. Andrew’s Stadium pits together Birmingham City and Preston. The Blues suffered a dip in form, with the team experiencing all sorts of problems at the back in back-to-back losses to Fulham (1-4), and Peterborough (0-3). Considering that experienced midfielder Gary Gardner misses the match through suspension, we are not tempted to put our money on the hosts. Goalkeeper Neil Etheridge, on the other hand, has been tested positive for coronavirus.
The Lilywhites, on the other hand, aim to build on a thrilling EFL Cup win over Cheltenham Town where Frankie McAvoy rested several first-team regulars. Both Connor Wickham and Liam Lindsay limped off with injuries in the midweek triumph, with the duo joining Ched Evans, Isaiah Brown, and Matthew Olosunde in the recovery room. Since Tom Barkhuizen has been tested positive for coronavirus, the share of spoils is on the cards at St. Andrew’s Stadium.
Highlighted Team (Preston):
Preston North End or Preston were founded in 1880. The Lilywhites or the Invincibles play their home games at Deepdale, the stadium that was built in 1875 and opened three years later.
In 1889 Preston won their first FA Cup trophy and they did well to beat Huddersfield Town in the final of the 1938 FA Cup final. However, the club’s biggest success came in 1889 and 1890 when they won back-to-back domestic trophies (First Division).
Preston have yet to win the League Cup title, but they were runners-up in 1888, 1922, 1937, 1954, 1964. Preston’s main rivals are Blackpool and the two teams square off against each other in the West Lancashire derby. In their first ever meeting in the West Lancashire derby (1901) Preston recorded a 4-1 win over Blackpool.
Burnley and Blackburn Rovers are considered Preston’s big rivals as well. The colour of Preston’s shirts is white and they wear dark blue shorts.