Our prediction for this Championship match:
Ashton Gate Stadium will host Saturday’s football game between Bristol City and Preston, the two teams who are almost level on points in the Championship standings. The Robins do not seem to be at the top of their game, but the FA Cup win over Portsmouth undisputedly gave them a confidence boost. Bristol City are eyeing their third consecutive win in all competitions, but the game against Preston will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts.
The Lilywhites, on the other hand, aim to bounce back from a heavy FA Cup defeated (1-4) to Wycombe. Preston recorded three wins in the previous four league fixtures, and they are surely capable of matching Bristol City. A close encounter is on the cards at Ashton Gate Stadium, and we are tempted to put our money on draw. Under 2.5 goals have been netted in four of the previous five meetings between the two clubs.
Highlighted Player (Nathan Baker):
Nathan Baker is a product of Aston Villa football academy. The left-footed defender played 115 games for Aston Villa in the league and it has to be noted that he scored only goal for the club during his spell at Villa Park. Nathan Baker is used as both centre-back and left-back and the 189-cm-tall footballer is very good in the air.
Nathan Baker was born in Worcester, England on April 23, 1991 and he currently plays for Bristol City in the Championship. After ending his loan spell with the Robins, he signed a permanent deal with the club on July 28, 2017 for an undisclosed fee. Nathan Baker has yet to make his debut for England national team, but he has three caps for England U21 team.
Nathan Baker made his debut for the under-21 squad against Iceland back in 2011. The English footballer has a contract with Bristol City which expires on June 30, 2021.
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.