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Battle of the BCFCs: Bristol City Preview

Saturday sees Derek McInnes bring his Bristol City side to St Andrews looking to secure Championship football for the Robins next term against Blues. Chris Hughton knows that Blues are now virtually assured of a playoff place but will no doubt want to win this game to continue the fine form and momentum into the playoffs.

Bristol City

For a team currently in 21st place, Bristol City aren’t in too bad form, winning two and drawing three of their last six games. They’ve not lost in three away games and will be fired up knowing that a win against Blues would be another massive step towards safety from the relegation trap door.

I’ve found it difficult to locate injury news but Brett Pitman is definitely out after his red card against Coventry City on Monday, with Ryan Taylor being mooted as a potential deputy. The Robins side could include two former Blues; Kiwi striker Chris Wood got eleven goals in a Blues shirt in the first half of the season but has found goals harder to come by at Ashton Gate since his January move, with just three goals in fifteen appearances (although he has two in his last two games). Australian international Neil Kilkenny could also line up in midfield against a club he made twenty-six league appearances for in four seasons.

Blues

After the heartache of the 3-3 draw at the Boleyn Ground, Blues have to pick themselves up for what could be a tricky game against Bristol City. Guirane N’Daw will definitely miss out after coming off with a hamstring injury on Monday but Pablo Ibanez will return and is likely to be on the bench for this game. With Blues being at home the likelihood is that Andros Townsend will come in for Wade Elliott on the left flank and either Nikola Zigic or Erik Huseklepp will come in up front as a replacement for the injured N’Daw.

I suspect that this is going to be a much tougher game than it would look on paper; Bristol City are fighting for their Championship lives and I suspect McInnes will make his team very hard to break down in the hope of nicking something at St Andrews. Blues on the other hand know that whilst a win would be best, not losing the game is also important and I believe that this one will be a 0-0 stalemate.

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9 Responses to “Battle of the BCFCs: Bristol City Preview”

  • Away traveller says:

    0-0 stalemate bet your a big hit at the bookies! 11-1 at ladbrokes though! £85 stake wins £1020 almajir what do you reckon?

    • almajir says:

      I wouldn’t back any of my tips, tbh

    • viperblue says:

      don’t forget ,if you fancy 0-0,go for no goal scorer as you get the same odds but
      own goals don’t count so you could get strange result of a team winning 1-0 but with an
      own goal and you get paid out!!!!

  • Julian Glass says:

    Ok so you are back to predicting the result again lol. Its going to be a win or lose then!

  • Macc lad says:

    I disagree. I think Bristol City will come for the win. At this stage of the season a draw is only slightly better than a loss for those teams at the bottom. Better to win one and lose one than to draw two.
    With this in mind I expect them to come at us.

    • NooBloo says:

      they may well come looking for the win but they are one of the worst sides in the league and i have this feeling that they will be the 3rd side to go down. IN EVERY DIVISION THERE ALWAYS SEEMS TO BE A SIDE which looks destined to go down but somehow escapes and i have a feeling thet coventry could be the escapologists of the championship this year

  • mitchell says:

    Another huge game for us, they’ll be just as keen for the win as we are.

    Bristol to score first, followed by a three goal brace from blues. IF Reading lose it’s a 9 point gap with 3 to play…………..

    KRO

  • Geoff says:

    On an unrelated subject, hope Trevor Francis is ok. Remember as a kid going to Kings Norton school and TF, Bob Latchford, Bob Hatton, Stan Harland etc taking the whole evening out to turn up and sign autographs for us.


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