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Posted Sunday, September 20th 2020

MansionBet Match Preview: Stoke City (A)

City's first away trip of the season arrives this Sunday as Dean Holden marches his men to the bet365 Stadium to take on Stoke City (September 20th, 2pm KO).

Get the lowdown on Stoke City v Bristol City with today's match preview, brought to you in partnership with MansionBet...

The season is in its infancy but after three games across the Carabao Cup and Sky Bet Championship, these are two sides unbeaten thus far.

The Robins can boast the better form with a 100% winning ratio and eight goals scored in that time, but that's not to take anything for granted on matchday two of the Championship campaign.

Dean Holden knows he faces a selection headache with such a vast number of players across his squad impressing and fighting for a spot in the first team. It has shown in the first couple of weeks, particularly with some new faces in Wednesday night's 4-0 win over Northampton Town in the Carabao Cup.

 

However, Stoke will be tough opponents and of all the sides the Robins have faced so far, the Potters are the ones with the most recent experience at this level, respectively. Form-wise, Michael O'Neill's side drew their first two matches, needing penalties to beat Blackpool in the Carabao Cup Round One before the goalless opening day result against Millwall in the Championship.

It was a game of few chances though Stoke, boosted defensively by the arrival of Jon Obi Mikel, would end the game on top in terms of the stats. They did finally get a win and their first goal of the season when they knocked Wolves out of the Carabao Cup in the week; Jacob Brown scored the late goal.

It came off the end of a good move, starting from the goalkeeper, with James McClean making an overlapping run. He ran inside to cause trouble, passing to Steven Fletcher whose first-time pass found Brown and his shot had too much on it to beat John Ruddy.

And while they might not be scoring for fun, they aren't conceding either with a maximum of three clean sheets in the bag. Can City find the key to break them down?

Injury update: The club is assessing Tomas Kalas’ shoulder injury, while Callum O'Dowda continues to make a positive recovery from a groin strain, Liam Walsh and Joe Williams are nearly back on the grass, Jay Dasilva (shin) is to see a specialist and Joe Morrell is on his way back from a calf injury sustained on international duty with Wales.

Match details

Where: bet365 Stadium
When: Sunday, September 20th, 2pm KO
Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Referee: Oliver Langford
Assistants: Steven Meredith & Craig Taylor
Fourth official: Matthew Jones

Kasey Palmer made his mark on Wednesday with a brace

Down Memory Lane

Stoke City 0-2 Bristol City
bet365 Stadium
Tuesday, January 1st 2019
Sky Bet Championship

Bristol City secured their first away win on New Year’s Day for 116 years, with a 2-0 victory against Stoke City.

Famara Diédhiou’s first-half header had the beating of Jack Butland, before Callum O’Dowda wrapped up a hard-fought and well-earned three points late on.

Niki Mäenpää had been the earlier hero when he saved Benik Afobe’s sixth-minute penalty, while Bailey Wright later came off the bench to mark his first competitive appearance in nine months.

City had their fair share of defending to do but frustrated the hosts all afternoon and were thoroughly deserving of the clean sheet as they began the new year in perfect fashion.

 

Head to head*

Bristol City v Stoke City

Played: 56
City won: 16 (28.5%)
Drew: 15
City lost: 25

Bristol City goals: 8
Stoke City goals: 1

Top goalscorers
Bristol City: Jamie Paterson, Antoine Semenyo, Kasey Palmer (2)
Stoke City: Jacob Brown (1)

Bristol City most assists: Jack Hunt, Semenyo (2)
Stoke City assists: Steven Fletcher (1)

Bristol City Clean sheets: 2
Stoke City clean sheets: 3

League positions
Bristol City: 12th
Stoke City: 16th

*All competitions unless stated

Antoine Semenyo impressed with a goal and two assists...will he be back on Sunday?
Dean Holden watched more of his new signings flourish in midweek

Robins TV

Rene Gilmartin will be a pundit on Sunday's exclusive Robins TV Live matchday show for this fixture. 

Coverage starts at 1.30pm, with the enhanced Robins TV matchday programme featuring multi-angle, multi-replay production, commentary and expert analysis - for just £10.

On the back of two Carabao Cup wins against Exeter City and Northampton Town respectively, and an opening day victory in the Sky Bet Championship over Coventry City, Dean Holden's side travel to the bet365 Stadium full of confidence as they look to continue their strong start to the 2020/21 campaign. 

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