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Four Changes As City Kick-Off 2017

Lee Johnson makes four changes to his team as City look to kick-off 2017 with a return to winning ways against Reading at Ashton Gate (3pm).

Adam Matthews returns from injury to partner Aden Flint in central defence, while Korey Smith is back from illness to captain the side.

Joe Bryan plays in the middle of midfield and Callum O’Dowda makes his first home league start for three months on the wing.

Hordur Magnusson (hamstring), Marlon Pack, Lee Tomlin and Aaron Wilbraham all drop out of the starting XI following City’s 2-1 defeat at Ipswich Town on Friday night.

Bristol City: Fielding, Little, Flint, Matthews, Golbourne, O'Dowda, Brownhill, Smith, Bryan, Freeman, Abraham. Subs: O’Donnell, Kelly, Reid, Paterson, Tomlin, Engvall, Wilbraham.

Reading: Al Habsi, Gunter, McShane, Moore, Blackett, Van Den Berg, Williams, McCleary, Swift, Beerens, Kermogant. Subs: Moore, Cooper, Obita, Evans, Kelly, Meite, Samuel.

Referee: Mr R East.