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Saturday, April 17th 2021
The final five games of the campaign starts with a trip to Hillsborough this Saturday.
The Robins head to Sheffield off the back of last weekend’s goalless draw with Nottingham Forest, which stopped the winless rot at home.
There was a first start for young Sam Pearson, while another eye-catching Han-Noah Massengo performance - he was voted fans' Man of the Match - were certainly two positives from the afternoon at Ashton Gate.
Highlights: Bristol City v Nottingham Forest
That was a match between two teams set to end the season with mid-table security, but it’s a different occasion with City’s trip to South Yorkshire where they face a team battling to avoid relegation.
Sheffield Wednesday are not in the best form themselves having won once on home soil in their last five games. They also have two wins from their last 13 games, which included a stretch of seven consecutive defeats.
There had been a recent indication of promise after a shock 5-0 demolition of Cardiff City, and a 2-1 win over play-off contenders Barnsley though a heavy loss to QPR and a 2-0 defeat to Swansea last time out mean they have struggled to build on their better results.
It doesn’t help their bid to avoid relegation this season, after starting the campaign with a 12-points deduction – later reduced to six - following a breach of financial regulations as they find themselves in 23rd place, just two points ahead of Wycombe Wanderers, prior to Saturday’s kick-off.
Darren Moore’s side are four points behind Rotherham United though they have games in hand, while Coventry above them are seven points clear of the Owls heading into the weekend.
It could take a mighty effort to stay in the league but in stalwart Barry Bannan, Wednesday have an experienced player who can take an occasion by the hand. He leads the way with six assists, while Callum Paterson and Josh Windass have eight goals each in all competitions, albeit Paterson has only one goal from his last 14 appearances. Jordan Rhodes is behind them with seven, but he is one player whose future remains in doubt going forward, with his contract set to expire in the summer, along with Adam Reach who is linked elsewhere.
Is it too much of an ask for the Owls? Their battle to avoid the drop to League One is very much on as they fight to extend their nine-season stay in the Championship.
Supporters are reminded that as a mark of respect, the upcoming fixture has been moved to avoid a clash with the funeral of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The Owls v City will kick-off at 12.30pm but streamed live on Robins TV as usual, with the Matchday Show starting at 12pm.
When: Saturday, April 17th, 12.30pm KO
Competition: Sky Bet Championship
Referee: Tony Harrington
Assistants: Shaun Hudson and Matthew Jones
Fourth official: Ross Joyce
Bristol City 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday
Sunday, September 22nd 2020
Sky Bet Championship
It was a third successive win at the start of the Sky Bet Championship season when the teams met back in September, where City cranked up their attacking intent to beat the Owls 2-0 and go joint top of the table.
The Owls were impressive in the first half but couldn’t find a breakthrough, while City responded with second-half goals from Tommy Rowe and Jamie Paterson to round off their super September start in style.
Rowe was well-placed to finish off another flowing team move, while City matched their physical opponents before sealing off the weekend with Paterson’s injury-time drive.
City went unbeaten in their first three league games of a season for the first time since August 2001 and occupied second spot, level on points with Reading.
Sheffield Wednesday v Bristol City
City won: 18 (34%)
City lost: 30
Bristol City goals: 47
Sheffield Wednesday goals: 38
Bristol City top goalscorer: Famara Diédhiou and Nahki Wells (10)
Sheffield Wednesday top goalscorer: Callum Paterson, Josh Windass (8)
Bristol City most assists: Antoine Semenyo (7)
Sheffield Wednesday most assists: Barry Bannan (6)
Bristol City clean sheets: 12
Sheffield Wednesday clean sheets: 14
Bristol City: 14th (50 points)
Sheffield Wednesday: 23rd (35 points**)
*All competitions unless stated
**Sheffield Wednesday received six-points deduction
City versus the Owls will be streamed live on Robins TV. The Matchday Show, which costs just £10, starts at 12pm.
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