Manchester City are scheduled to play their only pre-season friendly of the summer when they face Preston North End on Tuesday.
The Premier League champions have been forced to changed their plans as a result of new coronavirus restrictions leading to the postponement of their trip to France later this week
City are, in theory, behind their rivals with regards to preparations for the new season having yet to take to the pitch since the summer break.
Nevertheless, a lack of game time did not hinder Pep Guardiola’s side during the last campaign, and the Spaniard is unlikely to be too concerned at this stage.
However, it will remain essential viewing with ‘Matchday Live’ featuring big name guests, special features and content guaranteed to inform, inspire and entertain all City fans.
Available to watch on all our official digital platforms, ‘Matchday Live’ will once again be specifically
tailored towards those who prefer a more City-centric take on proceedings.
Former City favourites Nedum Onuoha and Shaun Goater will be the special guests for next Tuesday’s Preston edition of ‘Matchday Live’ with Nedum and the Goat providing their trademark sharp, analytical insight and engaging, infectious good humour.
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The biggest blow came when a coronavirus outbreak among the club’s academy players forced Guardiola to rethink his plans for the short trip to Deepdale.
Guardiola wanted to assess some of his prospects at the Etihad Stadium, but he will now use the behind-closed-doors fixture to get his senior players up to speed ahead of the Community Shield on August
Despite the new name, it will still offer the same levels of insight and humour as its predecessor, with Nedum Onuoha and Shaun Goater our special guests for Tuesday’s edition.
The former City duo will offer their expert analysis ahead of our clash with Preston before reconvening for half-time and post-match debriefs.
Matchday Live makes for essential viewing for all City supporters who prefer a more City-centric take on proceedings.
Our most recent encounter with Preston came in a 3-0 triumph at Deepdale in September 2019.
Goals from Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and a Ryan Ledson own goal sealed our spot in the Carabao Cup fourth round.
Young defender Taylor Harwood-Bellis was also handed his senior debut on the night, producing an assured performance at the heart of City’s rearguard.
Pep Guardiola’s men would go on to secure our third successive triumph in the competition, beating Aston Villa 2-1 in the final six months later