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PREVIEW: Sky Blues host Preston North End

The Sky Blues take on the Lilywhites...

31 August 2022

Match Previews

PREVIEW: Sky Blues host Preston North End

The Sky Blues take on the Lilywhites...

31 August 2022

The Sky Blues return to the Coventry Building Society Arena as they host Preston North End in Championship action.

Fact File

Name: Preston North End Football Club
Founded: 1880
Stadium: Deepdale
Capacity: 23,404
Nickname: The Lilywhites
Address: Sir Tom Finney Way, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 6RU, England


The Opposition:

Founded in 1880, Preston North End were one of the great clubs during the early days of Association Football, winning back-to-back titles, once without suffering a defeat, during the 1880s.

Since then, PNE have failed to replicate those glory days, although did finish second in the top flight twice during the 1950s.

Since falling from the top flight during the early 1960s, Preston are yet to return but will be looking to end that 60-year wait under Ryan Lowe.

North End have drawn five of their first six games in the Championship this season, winning the other, and are so far on course to replicate that infamous invincible season.

The first two games of their 2022-23 campaign ended goalless, with the third resulting in an impressive 1-0 win over Luton Town.

As of yet, the Lilywhites are yet to conceded a single goal this term but must find a way to score more often if they are to realise their Premier League dream.

Preston boast attacking danger in the form of Ched Evans and Daniel Johnson, with Liam Lindsay and Jordan Storey proving key for their fine defensive record.



The Manager:

Ryan Lowe, 43, started his playing career in non-league during the 1990s and arrived in the EFL when he joined Shrewsbury Town in 2000, at the age of 22.

A pacey striker, Lowe hit double figures for eight clubs during his 18-year EFL career with his best performances coming for Bury.

It was with Bury that he began his managerial career, first as caretaker with the Shakers before landing the role of a permanent basis.

Since then, Lowe has taken the wheel at Plymouth Argyle and Preston North End, where he has been manager since December.

To this date, Lowe has taken charge of 34 games as North End boss, winning 12.


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Last Time We Met: Sky Blues 1-1 Preston North End

There was nothing to split the two sides when they came up against each other at the Coventry Building Society Arena earlier this year.

In a closely fought battle, Preston thought they had snatched all three points when Daniel Johnson scored from the spot in the 89th minute.

However, there was more drama to come and in the 98th minute, Fabio Tavares would equalise for the Sky Blues.

The goal was Fabio’s first the club and ensured Mark Robins’ side would leave the game with a well deserved point.

Sky Blues Xl: Simon Moore (GK), Todd Kane (Fankaty Dabo 63’), Dom Hyam (C), Michael Rose, Jake Clarke-Salter, Ian Maatsen, Ben Sheaf, Gustavo Hamer, Callum O'Hare (Fabio Tavares 90'), Martyn Waghorn (Jake Bidwell 63’), Viktor Gyökeres.

Unused Subs: Ben Wilson (GK), Kyle McFadzean, Jamie Allen, Jordan Shipley.


Head-to-Head Record

Sky Blues wins - 10
Draws - 15
Preston North End wins - 19



Club Connection: Tom Bayliss

Having risen through the Sky Blues Academy, Tom Bayliss went on to join Preston North End for a then record transfer for the Lilywhites.

Bayliss broke onto the scene for the Sky Blues back in the autumn of 2017, scoring a minute into his first League Two start against Cheltenham Town.

That season Tom established himself as a first team regular, playing a key role in City’s promotion to League One, as he played the full 90 minutes in the Play-Off final.

Bayliss then played almost every game the following season, before attracting interest during the summer transfer window of 2019.

Tom would leave City, having played 75 games, scoring nine goals, when Preston captured the signature of the midfielder.

Bayliss would never become a regular in the North End midfield and departed Preston this summer, joining Shrewsbury Town.


Match Officials

The EFL have confirmed that John Busby will act as referee for the Sky Blues' clash with Preston North End on Wednesday evening.

Busby will be the man in the middle of a Sky Blues fixtures for the first time since the club's 2-0 defeat at Cardiff, earlier this year. 

Rob Smith and Andrew Aylott will act as his assistants with Andy Davies as fourth official.


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