All the information you need ahead of City’s pre-season curtain raiser against Preston North End…

When and Where

The game will take place at the Academy Stadium on Tuesday 27 July, with kick-off scheduled for 19:00 (UK).

As a COVID-19 safety precaution, the match will take place behind closed doors.

Rest assured though, you can follow all of the action on and our official app, with minute by minute coverage via our Matchday Centre as well as a comprehensive match report and reaction following the full-time whistle.


TV Information

The match will be broadcast exclusively on CITY+, with supporters able to follow every kick of our clash with the Lilywhites courtesy of a subscription.

For just £1.99 a month, CITY+ allows members to live stream selected Women’s, EDS and Academy clashes throughout the season and watch full-match replays of all Men’s and Women’s games.

It also grants access to exclusive CityTV productions, including the Shaun Wright-Phillips: City’s Homegrown Hero and Kevin De Bruyne: Made in Belgium.

For further details about how to subscribe visit HERE.


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Matchday Live

Supporters can also get into the matchday mood by tuning into our live pre-match show from 18:00 (UK), available on all digital platforms.

Appropriately enough for a new season, the show - formerly known as ‘We’re Not Really Here’ – returns with a brand-new title: ‘Matchday Live’.

Despite the new name, it will still offer the same levels of insight and humour as its predecessor, with Nedum Onuoha and Shaun Goater our special guests for Tuesday’s edition.

The former City duo will offer their expert analysis ahead of our clash with Preston before reconvening for half-time and post-match debriefs.

Matchday Live makes for essential viewing for all City supporters who prefer a more City-centric take on proceedings.


Manager Pep Guardiola has selected a starting eleven that blends youth alongside experience as we play host to the Championship side at the Academy Stadium.

Fernandinho, Riyad Mahrez and Ruben Dias all start while goalkeeper Zack Steffen and defensive trio Joao Cancelo, Nathan Ake and Benjamin Mendy also feature.

With several members of the first team squad still away on their summer break following their exertions at Euro 2020 and the Copa America, a number of younger players are also afforded vital first team experience.


Iker Pozo, Morgan Rogers, Ben Knight and Cole Palmer are all handed the opportunity to impress against our visitors from Deepdale for a game that, due to COVID-19 safety precautions, will be played behind closed doors.


CITY X1: Steffen, Cancelo, Dias, Ake, Mendy, Fernandinho, Pozo, Rogers, Knight, Palmer, Mahrez

Subs: Slicker; Sandler; Roberts; Couto; Moreno; Edozie; Egan Riley; Charles; Smith; Bolton; Gomes; McAtee; Hamilton; Burns

PRESTON: Ripley, Van Den Berg, Storey, Lindsay, Hughes, Earl, Ledson, Whiteman, Potts, Barkhuizen, Evans

Subs: To follow


Head to Head Guide

In total, City have won 43 of our 94 clashes with Preston, drawing 18 and losing 33 since our first encounter back in 1897.

After regularly matching up against one another over the following decades, City’s promotion back to the top flight in 1966 meant we would have to wait another 32 years before once again facing Preston in a competitive fixture.

Since we locked horns during our 1998-99 Division Two play-off winning campaign we have faced the Lilywhites on six occasions, winning three, drawing one and losing two.

The visitors’ last victory in this fixture came in October 2001 when a Jon Macken wonder strike helped David Moyes’ side win 2-1 at Deepdale.

Despite defeat that day, City would be promoted from Division One at the end of the campaign, with Kevin Keegan’s side amassing 99 points en route to the title.

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