Preston vs Bristol City preview
Last Updated: 01/03/19 11:20am
Preston will once again be without midfielder Ben Pearson through suspension for their clash with Bristol City.
Pearson begins a two-match suspension for collecting 10 bookings - the fourth ban he has received this season totalling 10 games.
Ryan Ledson is among the contenders to replace Pearson as Preston look to continue their impressive recent form having gone eight matches unbeaten, winning five. Right-back Darnell Fisher could return to the squad after missing last Saturday's 3-1 win over Millwall because of a hip problem.
Bristol City will look to get back to winning ways after three defeats in a row. Having previously won nine matches in succession, it has been a tough couple of weeks for City, although manager Lee Johnson has no new injury worries.
Andreas Weimann (back) and Jack Hunt (calf) returned to the matchday squad for the clash with Birmingham in midweek, although the latter was an unused substitute and he will be among those hoping to be included. Goalkeeper Frank Fielding (hand) and Korey Smith (midfielder) remain sidelined.
Preston are unbeaten in their last 11 league games against Bristol City (W8 D3), winning each of the last six in a row.
Bristol City haven't won away at Preston in league competition since February 2011 (4-0), failing to win on each of their five such trips since (D2 L3).
Preston are unbeaten in eight Championship matches (W5 D3 L0), the longest current run in the division.
Bristol City have lost each of their last two Championship matches since winning seven in a row between December and February.
Since his league debut for the club in November 2013, Paul Gallagher has assisted 53 league goals for Preston - 36 more than any other player in that time.
Bristol City manager Lee Johnson has lost nine matches against Preston North End in all competitions - three more than he's ever lost against any other side during his managerial career.
Can Preston make a run for the play-offs? They probably look in the best form of all the sides pushing outside the top six and this is a big game for them in that respect.
You worry for Bristol City every time they lose a game after a good run of form. Lee Johnson's side are so streaky and you wouldn't now back against them losing as many in a row as they had previously won. Home win.
David Prutton predicts: 2-1 (8/1 with Sky Bet)