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27 July 2021 Venue Academy Stadium Attendance

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Manchester City
2 - 0
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Preston North End
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4-2-3-1
  • 13
    Zack Steffan
    GK
  • 27
    Joao Cancelo
    DF
  • 6
    Nathan Ake
    DF
  • 3
    Ruben Dias
    DF
  • 22
    Benjamin Mendy
    DF
  • 25
    Fernandinho
    MF
  • 66
    Iker Pozo
    MF
  • 72
    Morgan Rogers
    MF
  • 26
    Riyad Mahrez
    FW
  • 96
    Ben Knight
    FW
  • 80
    Cole Palmer
    FW

Substitutes

  • 34
    Phillipe Sandler
    SUB
  • 35
    Patrick Roberts
    SUB
  • 39
    Yan Couto
    SUB
  • 41
    Pablo Moreno
    SUB
  • 53
    Sam Edozie
    SUB
  • 56
    CJ Egan-Riley
    SUB
  • 62
    Shea Charles
    SUB
  • 65
    Matt Smith
    SUB
  • 74
    Luke Bolton
    SUB
  • 81
    Claudio Gomes
    SUB
  • 84
    Ciaran Slicker
    SUB
  • 87
    James McAtee
    SUB
  • 92
    Micah Hamilton
    SUB
  • 94
    Finlay Burns
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Pep Guardiola

5-3-2
  • 25
    Connor Ripley
    GK
  • 2
    Sepp van den Berg
    DF
  • 14
    Jordan Storey
    DF
  • 6
    Liam Lindsay
    DF
  • 16
    Andrew Hughes
    DF
  • 3
    Josh Earl
    DF
  • 17
    Ben Whiteman
    MF
  • 18
    Ryan Ledson
    MF
  • 44
    Brad Potts
    MF
  • 26
    Evans
    FW
  • 29
    Barkhuizen
    FW

Substitutes

  • 28
    Mathew Hudson
    SUB
  • 5
    Patrick Bauer
    SUB
  • 7
    Tom Bayliss
    SUB
  • 8
    Alan Browne
    SUB
  • 10
    Josh Harrop
    SUB
  • 15
    Joe Rafferty
    SUB
  • 19
    Emil Riis
    SUB
  • 24
    Sean Maguire
    SUB
  • 30
    Lewis Leigh
    SUB
  • 31
    Scott Sinclair
    SUB
  • 33
    Ethan Walker
    SUB
  • 35
    Jamie Thomas
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Frankie McAvoy

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Match Previews

Match Preview: Manchester City

27 July 2021

It’s another step up for PNE in their pre-season preparations on Tuesday evening as they face Premier League champions Manchester City.

The match, taking place behind closed doors at the Academy Stadium just next to the Etihad, will get underway at 7pm.

It’ll be the first game of pre-season for Pep Guardiola’s men, who are still without a lot of their big hitters from this summer’s European Championships and Copa America.

As you’d expect, though, there will still be plenty of quality for Pep to choose from, with the likes of Riyad Mahrez, Benjamin Mendy and Fernandinho available for selection.

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There will be plenty of youth in the mix as well, with Tommy Doyle and Liam Delap, who have both made first team appearances in the last couple of seasons, also likely to feature.

Meanwhile, for Frankie McAvoy, his squad came through Saturday's test against Accrington Stanley unscathed and he will be hoping to welcome back a few players, too.

Ched Evans missed that fixture, but should be available on Tuesday evening, as should Alan Browne, who made his first appearance of pre-season at the Wham Stadium.

Tuesday night will likely come too soon for Matthew Olosunde, though, as he continues his recovery from an Achilles injury, while Jack Baxter, Noah Mawene and Adam O'Reilly will also be absent.

For the Lilywhites, City will be their sixth opponents of pre-season and the game will mark the first of three in the space of five days, with Wigan Athletic and Manchester United to come on Friday and Saturday respectively.

This fixture is included as part of a £4.49 monthly pass on iFollow PNE, which will provide access to a live stream of this game, as well as the other two friendlies this week. Click here to subscribe by selecting 'Audio Monthly Pass'.

Alternatively, supporters can follow live coverage across our social media channels.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Manchester City 2-0 PNE

27 July 2021

Goals from Riyad Mahrez and Sam Edozie earned Manchester City a 2-0 victory over PNE at the Academy Stadium.

Mahrez opened the scoring for the hosts with a superb free-kick, while half-time substitute Edozie put the gloss on the scoreline in the second half.

The Premier League champions put out a strong team in what was their first game of pre-season, with the likes of Fernandinho and Joao Cancelo starting the tie.

PNE saw plenty of the ball in the opening stages of the match though, and created the first chance of the half, with Brad Potts feeding Tom Barkhuizen, who got the better of Premier League Player of the Season Ruben Dias, but he couldn’t keep his effort down.

City then had a chance to open the scoring themselves 15 minutes in, with Ben Knight sent one-on-one with Connor Ripley, and it was the goalkeeper who came out on top, saving his effort before collecting the ball at the forward’s feet.

The hosts did take the lead ten minutes later, though, as a free-kick from 20 yards, earned by Morgan Rogers, was superbly converted by Mahrez into the top corner.

After Ryan Ledson was denied by goalkeeper Zack Steffan, Barkhuizen had an even better chance to draw level, latching onto a ball over the top, but the City ‘keeper rushed out of his goal to get there just before he could take a shot on.

Just before the break, home forward Cole Palmer had arguably the best chance of the game, but hit his effort over from just six yards.

Pep Guardiola’s men came out with a completely different outfield in the second half, now a much more youthful-looking side, while Greg Cunningham replaced Josh Earl for PNE.

North End had the first meaningful effort of the second 45 and Brad Potts will perhaps be frustrated he didn’t draw his team level, as he headed over the bar on the end of Sepp van den Berg’s cross from the right.

Ripley did well to keep out Edozie soon after, but he was later beaten by the 18-year-old on 64 minutes as he slammed the ball home at the near post.

As the game progressed, Frankie McAvoy chose to make more changes to his side, and of those subs Tom Bayliss was involved in a nasty collision with City goalkeeper Ciaran Slicker, who as a result left the field on a stretcher.

North End had an opportunity to pull one back right at the death, with Joe Rafferty fizzing a great ball across the edge of the six-yard box, but Patrick Bauer was just ahead of it and couldn’t make contact.

PNE starting XI: Ripley, van den Berg, Storey, Lindsay, Hughes, Earl, Whiteman, Ledson, Potts, Maguire, Barkhuizen.

PNE full-time XI: Ripley, Rafferty, Storey, Bauer, Hughes, Cunningham, Bayliss, Harrop, Browne, Maguire, Riis.

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