Following another disappointing performance against Barnsley at Oakwell last weekend, Blues now welcome Bristol City to St. Andrew’s on Saturday afternoon (3pm KO).
Blues were simply awful last weekend. It was like the whole team took two steps back to where they were before Blues beat Sheffield Wednesday. No shots on target in 90 minutes. That says it all. There looked to be no ideas when going forward once more and this is incredibly worrying considering we are speeding towards the end of the season – Blues are very much in trouble still and will absolutely be looking over their shoulder to those beneath them in the danger zone.
However, they welcome a faltering Bristol City side and will fancy taking all three points this weekend.
Bristol City have had a season that started incredibly brightly, before trailing off dramatically and now find themselves in mid-table obscurity, with Nigel Pearson now at the helm. Pearson replaced Dean Holden after a run of six successive losses for the Championship side. This run took the Robins from eighth in the league down to 15th. Pearson took over and won his first two games in charge of the Bristolian side. However, they have lost their last two games, so Pearson clearly has his work cut out to turn Bristol City’s form around and start the climb back up the table. Let us hope that does not start this weekend!
Last Time Out
When the sides met at Ashton Gate in December, a solitary goal from Blues captain Harlee Dean was enough for Blues to take all three points.
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Only Caolan Boyd-Munce (thigh) is unavailable. Otherwise, Blues boss Aitor Karanka has a full squad at his disposal.
Callum O’Dowda (hamstring), Liam Walsh, Marley Watkins (hamstring) and Nathan Baker (hamstring) are all making their way back from injury. The latter three have not played for The Robins this season, with Watkins picking up an injury while on loan at Aberdeen. O’Dowda has been on the sidelines since the Boxing Day, but all four featured in the Under-23s’ 2-0 win against QPR on Tuesday.
Zak Vyner and Ádám Nagy will continue to be assessed ahead of the weekend, after both suffered head injuries against QPR a week ago. Both are undergoing the six-day Football Association Graduated Return to Play Protocols for players in an Enhanced Care setting.
Andreas Weismann and Alfie Mawson (both ACL) are also out.
Of the players that could feature, Nigel Pearson stated:
“There is the possibility of them being involved in the squad but it’s resisting the temptation to throw them in there. It’s important when they’re back from injury that they are here for the longer-term. Off the back of a couple of defeats there’s the temptation to make the changes that puts those types of players at risk.”
Current Form – Last 6 Games (in all competitions)
Blues – L D W L W L
Bristol – L L W W L L
Blues wins: 34
Bristol wins: 17
Last four meetings between Blues and The Robins…
Championship 05 Dec 2020 – Bristol City 0 Blues 1
Championship 07 Feb 2020 – Bristol City 1 Blues 3
Championship 10 Aug 2019 – Blues 1 Bristol City 1
Championship 26 Feb 2019 – Bristol City 1 Blues 2
Referee: JARRED GILLETT
Assistant Referees: Philip Dermott and Bhupinder Gill
Fourth Official: Martin Coy
Three points here for Blues is essential. Especially with the four games that follow this. I think Blues will know Bristol are there for the taking and will hopefully start like they did against QPR and Norwich. An early goal for Blues could be ideal here. 2-0 Blues win.
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