Preston (@23.0) vs Man City (@1.11)

Our Prediction:

Man City will win

Preston – Man City Match Prediction | 25-09-2019 14:45

Without those two at the back, Pep Guardiola will need either youth or versatility to solve their defensive issues. With City distracted, they could easily grab a goal at home this week. This season Preston have scored 12 goals in five home games, while they are looking strong going forward across the board. Given the likelihood of a rotated side from City, we expect the visitors to struggle at the back.

Manchester United are regarded as Manchester Citys biggest rivals and the likes of Kun Aguero, Carlos Tevez, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Uwe Rosler, Yaya Toure, Sylvain Distin are some of the most remarkable players that played for the Etihad Stadium outfit. Manchester City have won four Premier League titles and five FA Cup trophies and it has to be noted that they made it to the Champions League semis in the 2015/2016 season.

Circumstances are different, especially if we look at Manchester City, who has become a multiple Premier League champion since 2007. In this match, they are also big favorites to win and advance to the next round, and everything besides that would be a total disaster. Their last Head-To-Head duel was way back in 2007, so looking at the tradition is worthless here, as everything has changed from back then.

All they were missing last term was a few more results on their travels. Their home form has continued to be fantastic so far, but will it be enough to trouble Man City? If they can keep that up, then a promotion push could be on. This weekend brought a 1-0 win for them at Birmingham, a result which helps to straighten up their struggles on the road. Preston are up to third in the Championship following their strong start to the campaign.

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In their last meeting in a competitive match the Citizens emerged triumphant (3-1). Gabriel Jesus is likely to be recalled to the starting line-up and we are positive that the Brazil international is going to make life difficult for the opposition defenders. The Lilywhites have been in a fine form in the English top flight of late, but Man City are likely to pose a much bigger threat for the hosts than their previous rivals.

This season has started in a good fashion for them. Their best scorer is Daniel Johnson with 4 goals and 3 assists already. They are healthy at the moment, no injuries or suspensions are listed so far and everybody will be ready to play and make a potential surprise, which I dont see coming at the moment. They have already scored 13 goals in the league, which is almost two per game. They can score, but their defense isnt a tight one, so they have conceded 7 goals already. If we look at the tightness of the matches, we can see that this is a pretty good result. He will have to be on top of his game if they want to make a potential surprise.

By looking at all of this, we can see that Manchester City will come here in full display and try to win in a big fashion. They are fifth in Championship with 13 points from 7 games, with 5 consecutive matches without a loss, which is a nice feat. On the other side, Preston is playing some good football this season, but they are still not on the Citys level of play. Manchester City had a few slip-ups this season, so this game will be taken seriously. They are second in Premier League with 5 points less than their current biggest rival Liverpool FC. Their win and over 2.5 goals looks like the safest bet, prior to this game.

Tom Clarke played for England U18 and U19 teams and he scored one goal for the national team at international youth level. Tom is Nathan Clarkes brother and his main position is centre back. On 5 August, 2013 Clarke scored the winner for Preston against Blackpool and it has to be noted that it was his only second appearance for the club. However, the Preston footballer is capable of playing as both left and right back as well.

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They will try to attack every trophy they play for. They have some injuries as Foden, Laporte, Sane and Stones will not play here. They will come to score some goals, get an easy win and boost their confidence a little. Last seasons Premier League champions will have the same ambitions this season. So it is going to be the same with this game. They make a lot of scoring chances in their games and I dont see how is Prestons defense going to block that.

The Citizens come here with 11 unanswered goals in the last week. With John Stones and Aymeric Laporte out at the weekend, City were left with Fernandinho as a makeshift centre-half alongside Otamendi. Despite that, their defensive issues are well covered. That isnt the ideal partnership for City, but given thats their best option heading into a run which sees them away to Everton and at home to Wolves and Dinamo Zagreb, we expect City to rest at least one of the pair here.