Preston looking to maintain their hold over Bristol City

Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson.
Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson.

Preston head to Bristol City looking to defend a very good recent record against the Robins.

North End are unbeaten in the last eight matches against City, winning their last three visits to Ashton Gate.

They did the double on them last season, a 2-1 away win 11 months ago followed by a 5-0 hammering of Lee Johnson’s men at Deepdale.

That big defeat proved to be a watershed moment for the Robins, with them going five games unbeaten after that to see off the threat of relegation.

City head coach Johnson is determined to halt the results sequence against PNE and on current form, the hosts start as firm favourites.

They have lost just twice all season and are unbeaten in the last five league and cup matches.

Looking ahead to North End’s visit, Johnson said: “This one is actually a bigger test for me than Saturday’s game at Sheffield Wednesday.

“I say that because of our previous results against Preston on home soil, and over the years in the Championship.

“They are a good side and I watched them play on Friday night.

“They’ve got some quality players.

“It’s two youthful teams who will be very energetic and we’re going to need the supporters.”

City’s visit to Sheffield Wednesday ended 0-0.