Making his first trip to Deepdale this season is a match official we have not seen for 12 months, with Andy Davies appointed as referee.
We last saw Andy in PR1 for the early season local derby with Bolton Wanderers last season; the game finishing 2-2.
That was the officials’ second-only time of taking charge at Deepdale and he’ll be making the long trip up from Hampshire for the game.
His first trip here was back in January 2018, when he was referee for a 1-1 draw with Birmingham City.
Whilst that was his first game as Deepdale, the match official has taken charge of North End games in the past, including the opening game of the 2016/17 at Reading.
This is his eighth year on the EFL lists, but only his sixth ever PNE game. He took charge of 2015/16’s goalless draw at Brighton & Hove Albion back in October 2015, having previously been the match official for a Lilywhites fixture back in 2012 at Leyton Orient.
This will be his eighth game of the new season, having issued 19 cautions and no red cards in the previous seven games, including one yellow in the other Bristol City game he has done this season, their thrilling 3-3 draw with QPR in the first round of the Carabao Cup.
He will be assisted by Darren Blunden and Michael George and the fourth official will be experienced official Andy Haines.