Written by billythekid
The Cherries came back with a point from Yorkshire after a hard-fought 2-2 draw against Rotherham, with our goals coming from Junior Stanislas from the penalty spot and Dominic Solanke’s header. AFCB are back home again for the Tuesday evening game, this time our visitors are Preston NE.
Their manager is Alex Neil who we know previously from his time at Norwich City. Neil joined Preston in July 2017. In his first season in charge, his side finished in 7th place in the Championship. In his second season (2018-19) they were 14th at the end of the season and last season they finished in 9th place. In the Summer they signed forward Scott Sinclair from Celtic for an undisclosed fee.
This season Preston have been best away from their Deepdale ground where they have lost their first five games, in the first three they lost 0-1 to Swansea City, Stoke City and Cardiff City. Their fourth defeat was 0-2 against Millwall and the fifth was 1-2 against Birmingham City. They then beat Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 and in their last home game lost 0-1 against Blackburn Rovers. On their travels, they have won four games. In their first away game, they drew 1-1 with Norwich City. Then came four away wins, first two against London clubs, Brentford 2-4 and QPR 0-2. Then the third win was in Yorkshire against Huddersfield Town which finished 1-2 and then 0-3 at Reading who were the leaders at the time. Their first defeat was against our recent opponents Rotherham United 2-1. Their most recent game at Watford finished with a 4-1 defeat.
The last time we met Preston in the leagues at home was in the 2012-13 season in August at Dean Court, the game ended in a 1-1 draw. It was a game that the Cherries played with 10 men from the 27th minute after Harry Arter received his second yellow card of the game. Despite this Tommy Elphick’s header put us into the lead in the second half, but Preston equalised with a header from Akko Sodje with 15 minutes to go.
In all our home league games against Preston AFCB have W 8, D 2, L 3. In all competitions, AFCB have W 13, D 6, L 10.
AFCB v Preston
AFCB Team News
Jack Stacey already out injured with a knee ligament injury. Now we had Arnaut Danjuma with a hamstring injury and Lewis Cook with an infection in his thigh, they both missed the Rotherham game and Josh King didn’t travel.
AFCB Player To Watch
Dominic Solanke, after his goal on Saturday he is our joint leading scorer and also the joint leader on assists. Junior Stanislas is another when he stays injury-free and in his last two games has scored three goals, including the brace against Nottingham Forest. David Brooks in midfield with his defence-splitting passes and coming up with the odd goal or two and also a joint leader with three assists. The Rotherham game wasn’t suited to his style.
Preston Team News
Preston had a good number of players out injured for the Watford game on Saturday, including their full-backs. So they had to adapt players to fit positions they don’t normally play.
Preston Player To Watch
The experienced Scott Sinclair, both strong at finishing from the right or left and a skilful player, scored 5 goals this season so far.
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