Bristol City v Preston North End LIVE: Niki Maenpaa and Andreas Weimann return


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Bristol City return to Ashton Gate on Saturday afternoon as they host Preston North End looking to bounce back following their 3-2 defeat to Reading last weekend.

The Robins are now in 12th in the Championship table with 22 points from their 16 matches. A win today could take them as high as seventh.

It won’t be easy against a Preston side who are seen as the Robins ‘bogey side’ in recent years with the last Bristol City win coming back in 2011.

Boss Lee Johnson believes that it’s just another game and he could be set to hand out a debut this afternoon with winger Hakeeb Adelakun finally back fit after his pre-season injury.

Follow all the build-up, action and reaction from Ashton Gate throughout the afternoon.

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City insipid

Robins need to show more urgency as it’s too easy for the visitors currently.

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More on the goal

City sliced open by several well-weighted passes there, not least following a great cut-back from Johnson as he surged across the area. Robins need to step it up.

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Goal: 0-1 (Robinson)

Seventh goal of the season for the former City loanee as he taps in at the back post following a slick passing move in the box by Preston.

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Lovely touch

Barkhuizen evades Webster and Dasilva and almost playa in Robinson. An offside flag stops things.

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Top defending

It looks for a second like Maguire might be in on goal but Baker sprints over and intercepts. Seconds after an underhit Webster pass is almost intercepted by Maguire.

Adam Webster of Bristol City

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Dasilva shot

Can only slice up into the air however as he meets Hunt’s deep cross.

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Robinson threatens

The former City loanee attacks down the left for his team and gains a corner. Huntington can’t keep the header down.

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Good save

Maenpaa keeps out Barkhuizen’s drive after Preston nick the ball away from City in the home side’s own half.

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Walsh shoots

The 21-year-old’s effort dribbles wide to Rudd’s right.

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Hunt close

The right wing back’s cross almost beats Rudd but the former Norwich City man clears at the last.

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City attack

Diedhiou flicks on and eventually Dasilva crosses. It’s too high and runs out of play however.

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Another Preston chance

Maguire can only head tamely upwards as Neil’s side threaten again.

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Great chance

Johnson has to score after a low cross finds him in the area but the Lilywhites man somehow misses. Barkhuizen then gets a chance shortly after but fluffs it.

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First chance

Diedhiou heads over the bar following a speculative cross.

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We’re off

Match begins after a great Remembrance tribute.

Ashton Gate observe a minutes silence

The teams are out

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LJ on team selection

The head coach has just been speaking to the official club channels…

I like my team, I think it’s a strong team. Obviously there’s a tweak to the shape but hopefully all the players can implement exactly what we’re after.

[The team] ticks all the boxes for a Championship game – height, strength, speed, aggression. We’ve just got to make sure we dominate, particularly at home.


Korey catch-up

Korey Smith has just been speaking with BBC Radio Bristol but I grabbed him as he headed off downstairs just to congratulate him on his new deal. Said he’s delighted and reiterated that he hopes to be back in January to help the Robins. Believe he’s seeing a specialist about his knee next week. And he’ll be a huge boost for the Robins when he returns.

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Formations for today

Remembrance Day game

Fans have been asked to take their seats early today with the club playing their respects alongside Preston, the Royal British Legion & members of the 21st Signal Regiment. A minutes silence will take place ahead of kick-off.

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Fan reaction to the line-up

The team sheet

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Team news reaction

Three at the back for the Robins today then with Baker, Kalas and Webster anchoring the side. Interesting to see Maenpaa recalled too as part of three changes for City, with Weimann back in the side too. Am told that Paterson as well as O’Dowda was ill during the week this week so that might have influenced his being dropped, by the way. And Walsh keeps his place. The visitors make two changes as Gallagher comes back and Rudd takes the goalkeeping spot for the suspended Maxwell.

How Preston line-up


Bristol City team news confirmed


Hunt, Webster, Kalas, Baker, Dasilva

Bronwnhill, Walsh, Pack

Weimann, Diedhiou

Team news due

Five minutes until we’ll find out how City are lining up today.

We’re expecting a few changes from the Reading defeat.

Preston have arrived.

Daniel Johnson on the Robins

Preston star Daniel Johnson has admitted his side enjoyed playing against the Robins.

“We all love playing Bristol City to be honest,” said Johnson.

“It could be an ego thing. Because we know quite a few of their boys, it’s always good to get one up on your friends.

“We’ve had a good run against Bristol City and hopefully we can keep that going. “But you can’t think about it too much, though. “

“We’ve just turned up on the day and done our job when we’ve gone there recently.

“It’s not to do with the past or luck or anything like that. We’ve just got to play the conditions and dig deep. “That’s what we’ve been doing for the last couple of weeks and maybe that’s why we’ve got a few points on the board.”

Henrik Dalsgaard of Brentford tackles Daniel Johnson of Preston North End

Rainbow over Ashton Gate

A rainbow over the Atyeo stand at Ashton Gate Stadium

Browny is up for it

Pre-match stats

Late goals a possibility today? Preston have conceded the most late goals (joint with Millwall) in the final 15 minutes of matches. But the Lilywhites have scored the second most in the last 15 minutes, too. By and large, City don’t concede late on, however, so something may have to give.

Preston North End manager Alex Neil on Tuesday night (Image: Robbie Stephenson/JMP)