Manchester City are scheduled to play their only pre-season friendly of the summer when they face Preston North End on Tuesday. The Premier League champions have been forced to changed their plans as a result of new coronavirus restrictions leading to the postponement of their trip to France later this week.Pep Guardiola’s men would go on to secure our third successive triumph in the competition, beating Aston Villa 2-1 in the final six months later.City are, in theory, behind their rivals with regards to preparations for the new season having yet to take to the pitch since the summer break.
Nevertheless, a lack of game time did not hinder Pep Guardiola’s side during the last campaign, and the Spaniard is unlikely to be too concerned at this stage.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 mancity.com 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.
Hero and Kevin De Bruyne: Made in Belgium. 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. 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. Our most recent encounter with Preston came in a 3-0 triumph at Deepdale in September 2019. Goals from Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and a Ryan Ledson own goal sealed our spot in the Carabao Cup fourth round. Young defender Taylor Harwood-Bellis was also handed his senior debut on the night, producing an assured performance at the heart of City’s rearguard.