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MansionBet Match Preview: Birmingham City (H)

City return to Ashton Gate this weekend, with all eyes on building form after victory in the capital on Tuesday night.

They turned the game around to win 2-1 against QPR in the week and therefore prevent back-to-back defeats in the Sky Bet Championship – exactly as Dean Holden had called for.

In partnership with MansionBet, here’s a preview of what you can expect from the fixture at Ashton Gate...

It was the perfect response to the 3-1 loss away to Reading last Saturday and a week later, Aitor Karanka’s out-of-form Birmingham City get set for a trip to BS3.

Holden hailed the quality and spirit on show in W12 on Tuesday evening, where goals from Nahki Wells – now City’s top goalscorer for the campaign (5) with the strike against his former side – and Ádám Nagy saw the Robins battle from behind.

Callum O’Dowda was instrumental in the comeback and will consider himself frustrated not have been officially given at least one of the assists. He was not only crucial to both goals, but was busy, a handful for QPR’s players, and the midfielder only hopes to improve and build on his form.

As for Birmingham City, Karanka will now be hoping for a response from his team after a run of six games without a win.

While the Robins kicked off December with three points, Birmingham made it a losing start as Barnsley battled back to clinch the win at St Andrew’s in the week. Scott Hogan had put the Blues into a 56th-minute lead – their only shot on target of the night – before a Cauley Woodrow penalty and Callum Styles’ deflected shot won the game for the Tykes.

Manager Karanka has said his players were “too nice” in the defeat and he was critical of his side’s passing ability. He’ll expect his players to improve in these regards as they look to bounce back against the Robins.

The Blues travel to BS3 with just one a win away from home all season, which came when they beat Preston 1-0 at Deepdale at the end of October - Riley McGree and Gary Gardner were on the scoresheet that day. Defeat to Holden’s City on Saturday would mean seven games without a win, which would be their worst run of the campaign.

MATCH DETAILS 

Where: Ashton Gate
When: Saturday, December 5th, 3pm KO
Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Referee: John Brooks
Assistants: Akil Howson and Matthew Jones
Fourth official: Michael Salisbury

DOWN MEMORY LANE

Bristol City 3-1 Birmingham City
Ashton Gate

Tuesday, April 10th 2018
Sky Bet Championship

City recorded an historic win over Birmingham City when they beat the Blues 3-1 in BS3 in the 2017/18 season.

A Marlon Pack free kick, Bobby Reid’s 20th goal of the season and Matty Taylor’s late strike came on a night where City showed an attacking masterclass, to answer their critics during a bad run of form.

Pack and Reid had fired City into a 2-0 lead with fewer than 30 minutes on the clock, before the Blues halved the deficit through Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Both asides had chances to add to their tallies with the crossbar denying Reid before substitute Taylor marked his first appearance since January with the fourth goal of the evening.

A little over 20,000 packed out a flood-lit Ashton Gate for the Robins’ final scheduled evening game of the campaign. It would be a memorable win as the Robins had not beaten a Birmingham City side since November 2nd 1993.

HEAD TO HEAD*

Bristol City v Birmingham City

Played: 67
City won: 17 (25%)
Drew: 17
City lost: 33

Bristol City goals: 25
Birmingham City goals: 11

Bristol City top goalscorers: Nahki Wells (5)
Birmingham City top goalscorers: Lukas Jutkiewicz, Scott Hogan, Gary Gardner, Jérémie Bela (2)

Bristol City most assists: Antoine Semenyo (6)
Birmingham City most assists: Jérémie Bela (3)

Bristol City clean sheets: 7
Birmingham City clean sheets: 5

League positions
Bristol City: 5th
Birmingham City: 18th

*All competitions unless stated

City prevented back-to-back defeats with a win over QPR on Tuesday
Callum O'Dowda played an instrumental role in the W12 victory

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Robins TV

Birmingham City (Saturday, December 5th, 3pm KO) which will be streamed exclusively live on Robins TV, with the package costing just £10.

Coverage starts at 2.30pm with a pre-game show, followed by all the action live with commentary, replay and analysis.

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