Six things that have changed since Preston last played Manchester City

A lot has changed since Preston last played Manchester City 12 years ago.

Their last encounter was back in 2007 in an FA Cup tie at Deepdale where City advanced to the next round with a 3-1 victory.

The teams will meet again tomorrow night in the third round of the Carabo Cup.

Here are six differences between then and now:

  • Money spent

Since 2007 City have spent a whopping £1.7 billion on transfer fees whereas Preston have spent a mere £17.5 million in comparison.

This season City have splashed out £151 million on the likes of Rodri and Joao Cancelo.

Preston invested £2.2 million into the squad in the summer with the arrival of Tom Bayliss from Coventry.

Although despite the huge gulf nowadays, this was not always the case.

In 2007 Man City only spent £2.5 million more than Preston in the summer transfer window, with their biggest arrival being Swedish goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson, from Stade Rennais in France.

A line chart showing how much Preston spend per season compared to Man City
  • Goal scorers

David Nugent scored the opener after just eight minutes for Preston last time.

He will be the only player from either side who still plays for the same club after resigning from Derby in the summer.

  • Ticket prices

Ticket prices have remained fairly consistent at Deepdale since 2007.

A ticket back then would have cost you £20 whereas this time it will set you back £24.

In comparison, a ticket to watch City in the Premier League at the Etihad can cost you anywhere upwards of £45.

  • Attendance

It’s looking like a sell-out crowd at Deepdale this Tuesday with a crowd of just over 23,000 expected.

This will top last times attendance which saw 18,890 fans at Deepdale.

  • Owners

Manchester City’s takeover has been well documented, Sheikh Mansour bought the club in 2008 and has since turned the club into a European giant.

Since his arrival they have won 13 trophies including: four Premier Leagues, two FA Cups and four Football League cups.

Preston’s owner, Trevor Hemmings, became the clubs main shareholder in 2010.

The promotion at Wembley back in 2015 has been the highlight of his time at the club so far.

  • Managers

Stuart Pearce was the visiting manager last time in the dug-out, he faced Paul Simpson in the opposing end.

2007 was a year to forget for both managers as they were eventually sacked for a string of poor results.

Pep Guardiola, regarded by many as the best manager currently in the game, will be managing City at the weekend.

North End manager, Alex Neil will be hoping to be able to pull off an upset against all odds on Tuesday night.