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Posted Saturday, December 14th 2019

Preview: Blackburn Rovers (H)

Tony Mowbray brings his Blackburn side to BS3 on Saturday.

It will be their first return to Ashton Gate since last season's 4-1 defeat, in fact City would do the double over Rovers thanks to Eros Pisano's goal in the reverse fixture at Ewood Park.

Fast forward to now and City are looking for a reaction after a Tuesday night defeat to Millwall, while Blackburn are unbeaten in the last five games (W5, D1).

It hasn't been all plain sailing with the Lancashire side enduring a six-game winless run earlier in the season, but they remain within touching distance of the play-off places.

They will be missing their star performer today however, 10-goal midfielder Bradley Dack, who was sent off for a second bookable offence at the Liberty Stadium on Wednesday and serves a one-match ban.

MATCH DETAILS

  • Date: Saturday, December 14th 2019
  • Kick-off: 3pm
  • Competition: Sky Bet Championship
  • Where: Ashton Gate
  • Officials: John Brooks (referee), Darren Blunden and Nigel Lugg (assistants), Akil Howson (fourth official)

HEAD TO HEAD

Bristol City v Blackburn:
W: 35 (34%)
D: 31
L: 30

 

FORM - Last five games:
Bristol City: DLWWL
Blackburn: WWWWD

Club news

  • Guernsey youngster Alex Scott has agreed to join City, following a successful trial at the club.
  • Ticket prices have been confirmed for City's Emirates FA Cup third round tie with Shrewsbury Town.
  • City have no new injury concerns, though Blackburn will be without the suspended Bradley Dack.

Word from the camp

Lee Johnson has used 1990s music as his inspiration this week as he discusses City's ability of bouncing back after being knocked down.

And Josh Brownhill says City are still confident despite that setback in the week versus Millwall.

MEMORABLE FIXTURE

Bristol City 4-1 Blackburn Rovers
Sunday, September 2nd 2018
Ashton Gate
Sky Bet Championship
Scorers: Brownhill 38, Watkins 55, Diédhiou 73, Pack 82
Att: 19,769

City fought from behind to secure an emphatic first home win of the season, with Famara Diédhiou netting on his return from suspension in a 4-1 win over Blackburn Rovers.

Despite their early dominance at Ashton Gate, City fell behind through a freak corner which sailed straight into the net, courtesy of Charlie Mulgrew, but Josh Brownhill struck a perfect set piece of his own, crashing home a curling free kick to equalise.

Marley Watkins struck in the second-half to finish off a fantastic City move, before Diédhiou - making his first start of the campaign after serving a six-game ban - struck City’s third goal of the match and Pack’s guided header added further daylight late on.

The result sealed City’s third consecutive win of the campaign and lifted them to sixth in the Sky Bet Championship table.

Bristol City XI: Mäenpää, Hunt, Kalas, Webster, Kelly, Watkins, Brownhill, Pack, Eliasso, Weimann, Taylor.

AND FINALLY...

There will be no live video stream on Robins TV anywhere in the world as the match has been selected for international broadcast. An audio-only feed is still available via Robins TV.

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Match sponsor - CSW Lofts

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