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Friday, March 2nd 2018
Bristol City know what they need to do to get back to winning ways in the Sky Bet Championship.
They are now out of the play-off places, yet still remain within touching distance of the top six.
Can they get back to winning ways against a Sheffield Wednesday side who are without a win in their last four games?
The match kicks-off at 3pm on Saturday (March 3rd).
Before then, take a closer look at our opponents.
First Division: 1902/03, 1903/04, 1928/29, 1929/30
Second Division: 1899/1900, 1925/26, 1951/52, 1955/56, 1958/59
League One play-off winners: 2004/05
FA Cup: 1896, 1907, 1935
Football League Cup: 1991
FA Community Shield: 1935
League finish: 4th
FA Cup: Third round, lost to Middlesbrough
EFL Cup: First round, lost to Cambridge United
Top scorer: Fernando Forestieri, 12 goals
Average attendance: 26,831
The Owls spent most of their league history in English football’s top flight but they have not competed at that level since being relegated in 2000.
This season they endured a difficult start to the campaign, including a torrid run of one win in 11 league outings, and parted company with manager Carlos Carvalhal in January.
Despite the introduction of Dutch coach Jos Luhukay, the South Yorkshire club’s form has continued to be inconsistent and they head to Ashton Gate in 17th place with hopes of a third tilt at the play-offs all but gone.
However, the Owls did hold City to a 0-0 draw at Hillsborough in the reverse fixture, against a then in-form Robins side, so they have the ability to give a tough side a good game.
The Dutchman replaced Carvalhal as Owls boss in January, making him the first Dutch manager in the club’s history.
A midfielder in his playing days, which involved spells in the Dutch and German leagues during the late-1980s and 1990s, he turned his hand to management almost immediately after hanging up his boots.
Appointed manager of SV Straelen in 1998, two years later he joined KFC Uerdingen before becoming an assistant coach at FC Koln. More recently, he spent time at Borussia Monchengladbach, Hertha BSC and a brief stint at VfB Stuttgart.
The 25-year-old left-sided player leads Sheffield Wednesday’s assist chart this season and has chipped in with four goals too.
The Middlesbrough youth product arrived at Hillsborough in the summer of 2016 after making 63 appearances for Boro across five seasons. During that time he also played on loan for Darlington, Shrewsbury Town, Bradford City and Preston North End.
Goalscoring is an area of his game the former England youth international wants to continue to improve, as he revealed in the matchday programme of this season’s reverse fixture.
He had scored three goals in as many games leading up to the 0-0 draw with City back in November.
Bristol City 4-1 Sheffield Wednesday
Goals: Liam Palmer 10 (og), Bobby Reid 13, Lee Tomlin 42 (pen), Jonathan Kodjia 52 (pen) - Richard O'Donnell 61 (og).
City smashed four past the Owls at Ashton Gate in a game which featured two converted penalties and two own goals.
Lee Tomlin's early strike crossed the line, despite the best efforts of defender Liam Palmer and Bobby Reid pounced to double City's lead just minutes later. Tomlin won a penalty after being tripped by Palmer and the number 9 coolly converted the resulting spot-kick before injury forced him off the pitch.
Reid won City's second penalty of the afternoon after good work from replacement Scott Wagstaff and Kodjia.
Half-time substitute Ross Wallace helped to cut the deficit with a 30-yard free kick that struck the upright and deflected back into the net off unfortunate City keeper O'Donnell.
Head coach Lee Johnson described the display as the best he had seen since taking the City job in January.
Referee: Tony Harrington
Assistants: Darren Blunden and Lee Venamore
Fourth Official: Simon Hooper
Betting (via SkyBet)
Sheffield Wednesday: 19/5
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