As it happened: Bristol City 0-0 Preston North End

Preston North End travel to Bristol City in the Championship as they return to action following the international break.

Saturday, 11th September 2021, 1:28 pm
Updated Saturday, 11th September 2021, 4:58 pm
Bristol City's Ashton Gate Stadium.

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LIVE: Bristol City vs PNE

Last updated: Saturday, 11 September, 2021, 15:39

Preston North End taking patient approach over Tom Barkhuizen’s return

Frankie McAvoy says Preston North End are being guided by specialist advice in giving Tom Barkhuizen all the time he needs to return to fitness after Covid.

The winger has not played since the opening day of the season, returning a positive test in the week that followed.

Although he came back to Euxton on a phased return, as is the protocol after the virus, Barkhuizen has struggled.

He is asthmatic and that has slowed his recovery to a point where North End sent him to see a specialist.

Read the full story here.

Bristol City have not won in their last 12 home league games, their last five league wins all coming away from home.

They have lost 10 and drawn two at Ashton Gate.

Nigel Pearson has won four out of five of his games against PNE, including each of his last four.

There are two new players that could feature in the matchday squad this afternoon - Ali McCann and Josh Murphy.

McCann comes in fully match fit and Murphy had 45 minutes for the reserve side so could be an option off the bench.

After winning five in a row at Ashton Gate, across five seasons, North End have not won in their last two visits to Bristol.

PNE Starting XI: Rudd, Storey, Bauer, Hughes, van den Berg, Ledson, Whiteman, Johnson, Earl, Maguire, Riis.

PNE Subs: Rudd, Lindsay, Cunningham, Browne, Potts, McCann, Murphy.

If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. Frankie McAvoy has stayed with the side that beat Swansea City 3-1 at Deepdale.

New signings Ali McCann and Josh Murphy are both involved from the bench.

If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. Frankie McAvoy has stayed with the side that beat Swansea City 3-1 at Deepdale.

New signings Ali McCann and Josh Murphy are both involved from the bench.

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