Preston v Cardiff. Preview

Last updated : 19 November 2021 By Michael Morris

Saturday 20th November, ko 3:00pm


Steve Morison

“The club have put their trust in me, and it’s up to me to repay that now. Our short-term goal is getting higher in the league, and we need to do that together as a group. It’s about getting the players and staff all going in the right direction.

“I aim for everyone to enjoy their work every single day, because that’s what it’s all about. Anything that we can do, we will try to; there won’t be a stone left unturned. I ask the fans to trust us, stay with us, and believe in what we’re trying to do.”

Frankie McAvoy

“Steve’s done well with them for the last three games. I think they drew, lost to QPR and then they won the last game before the international break when they beat Huddersfield 2-1, so he seems to have stabilised the ship a bit.

“[They play a] back three, whether he plays two up top, a 3-4-3 or a 3-5-2 similar to ourselves, and he’s done well and he’s got them well prepared.

“It’s a bit like myself when I got my opportunity and chance at the back end of last season where you get a good response from the players, he seems to have had that as well.

“I believe he’s been given the job until the end of the season so it’ll be a tough game, as they all are. Steve’s done well and I wish him nothing but the best, but obviously not for Saturday.”

Match Facts:

  1. Preston have lost their last three league games against Cardiff, their worst losing run against the Bluebirds since losing eight in a row between 1968 and 1972.
  2. Cardiff City have won their last two away league matches against Preston, as many as in their previous 15 visits to Deepdale combined.
  3. Preston North End are looking to win three consecutive home league matches for the first time since December 2020.
  4. Following their 2-1 win over Huddersfield last time out, Cardiff City are looking to record consecutive league wins for the first time since beating Wycombe and Birmingham in April and May last season.
  5. All 17 of Cardiff City’s Championship goals this season have been scored in the second half – they’ve had 94 first half shots at goal in Championship games this season, with only three teams having more attempts during the opening 45 minutes of their matches.

Match Officials:

Assistants: Robert Merchant and Shaun Hudson
Fourth Official : Ben Toner