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Hegeler partners Wright on opening day

Lee Johnson starts the Sky Bet Championship campaign with exactly the same team that finished a productive pre-season as City host Johnson’s former club Barnsley at Ashton Gate (3pm).  

That means Jens Hegeler plays alongside Bailey Wright in central defence, just as he did in the 2-0 win over FC Twente eight days ago.

Bobby Reid continues to partner Famara Diédhiou as an orthodox striker, while Diédhiou and Eros Pisano make their competitive debuts.

Bristol City: Fielding, Pisano, Wright, Hegeler, Bryan, Brownhill, K.Smith, Pack, Paterson, Reid, Diédhiou. Subs: Lucic, Flint, Magnusson, Vyner, O’Neil, O’Dowda, Engvall.

Barnsley: Davies, Yiadom, Jackson, MacDonald, McCarthy, Potts, Moncur, Williams, Mowatt, Bradshaw, Ugbo. Subs: Townsend, Pinnock, Payne, Hammill, Hedges, Brown, Bird.

Referee: Mr A Davies.

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