Familiar faces Bailey Wright and Josh Brownhill to line-up against PNE

Bailey Wright battles with Jordan Hugill during last season's meeting at Deepdale.
Bailey Wright battles with Jordan Hugill during last season's meeting at Deepdale.

Former Preston players Bailey Wright and Josh Brownhill are in line to face their old club at Ashton Gate tonight.

Central defender Wright made the move to Bristol City in January, midfielder Brownhill going six months earlier.

Both have firmly established themselves in the Robins set-up, with them first-team regulars.

Wright’s return to Deepdale in April was an unhappy one as Lee Johnson’s side went down 5-0.

Having beaten the drop last season they are a different proposition now, sitting fourth in the Championship having lost just twice all season.

“I want to beat anyone who comes in front of us and that hurt me last year,” the Australian told Bristol City’s official website.

“I would be lying if I said it didn’t but that’s football.

“I think that was a bit of a kick in the right direction for us last season.

“Now they come here and we’re high on confidence, everything is going well for us so we’re prepared we can get the job done against them.

“For me it’s no different to any other game.

“Obviously I spent a lot of time there but again any game your prepare for, you prepare the same and I’ll be doing that.”

Wright is available to play against PNE having completed a two-match suspension.

That was a ban imposed by the FA retrospectively for an act of simulation during a 2-0 win at Fulham last month.

Wright was pushed to the ground by Aboubakar Kamara, the Fulham player receiving a red card.

The FA rescinded Kamara’s sending-off and punished Wright who become only the second player to get a ban for deceiving an official.

Wright was in action during the international break, helping Australia qualify for the World Cup by beating Honduras 3-0 on aggregate.