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Posted Friday, February 7th 2020

Preview: Birmingham City (H)

The focus will be on City when they kick off this weekend's Sky Bet Championship action, under the Friday night lights against Birmingham City.

The Sky Sports cameras will be in town as City look to stretch their unbeaten league run to five matches. Lee Johnson has currently guided his players to four wins in a row and not a single goal has been conceded in each of those games.

On Friday, they will host a Birmingham side fresh from a gruelling Emirates FA Cup derby victory over Coventry City, with the Blues sitting 17th with 37 points in the league.

Just three wins and seven defeats from their last 16 Sky Bet Championship matches in all competitions leaves the Blues eight points from safety – but the January loan arrival of Scott Hogan from local rivals Aston Villa has boosted Pep Clotet’s attacking options, and the Irish international scored on his debut in a 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest last weekend.

City's strong defensive setup will be out to make sure he doesn't put an end to their clean sheet run.

Secure your seat

MATCH DETAILS

  • Date: Friday, February 7th 2020
  • Kick-off: 7.45pm
  • Competition: Sky Bet Championship
  • Where: Ashton Gate Stadium
  • Officials: Gavin Ward (referee), Mark Pottage and Andrew Fox (assistants), James Busby (fourth official)

HEAD TO HEAD

Bristol City v Birmingham:
W: 17 (26%)
D: 17
L: 32

 

FORM - Last five games:
Bristol City: *WL*WWW (*FA Cup)
Birmingham: DDD*WW* (*FA Cup)

Club news

Word from the camp

Lee Johnson has highlighted the positive influence of his new arrivals. He has described the impact on the squad this week, following the signings of Nahki Wells, Filip Benković and Markus Henriksen.

Defender Benković has described his first week with the club and the prospect of a home debut on Friday night.

Memorable match

Bristol City 3-1 Birmingham City
Tuesday, April 10th 2018
Sky Bet Championship
Ashton Gate
Scorer: Pack 12, Reid 27, Taylor 84
Att: 20,288

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 of the time.

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 sides 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.

And it was an historic victory for City, who had not beaten a Birmingham City side since November 2nd 1993.

Read the full report.

Bristol City XI: Fielding, Bryan, Baker, Flint, Kelly, Reid, Pack, Brownhill, Smith, Djuric, Diedhiou

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