Preston North End academy graduate Jack Armer believes playing against the champions of England is a game Alex Neil’s men should enjoy, not fear.
“It’s great experience and it gives them chance to prove how good they are as everyone wants to play at the best level they can,” said defender Jack.
The 18-year-old, on loan at Lancaster City, believes Preston shouldn’t be under any pressure considering who their opponents are.
“City are one of the best teams in Europe at the minute and everyone knows how good they are. Preston aren’t expected to win so that should help with the pressure.”
Armer believes the young, hungry players at Preston can push the Lancashire side into the top six of the Championship come the end of the season in May.
“They’ve got a good chance of doing well this season,” Jack said.
“They’ve had a good start to the season, so if they keep going the way they are they should be up there,” Armer said.
Preston face off against Premier League champions Manchester City in the Football League Cup, and Armer is hoping his parent club can cause an upset.
“It’ll be a very tough game for them,” he admitted.
“It depends what team City put out, but you never know, there’s always upsets every year in the cup”.
Jack won’t be able to attend his side’s dream fixture due to having duties on loan at non-league side Lancaster City in the Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy.
“I won’t be there as we’re playing Squires Gate on the same day,” Jack said.