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James Crawley

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Posted Friday, June 26th 2020

Preview: Sheffield Wednesday (H)

City return to Ashton Gate for the first time March as they prepare to tackle Garry Monk's Sheffield Wednesday this Sunday (June 28th, 12pm KO).

The Robins' return to action got off to a poor start away to Blackburn Rovers but after a week's training, assessment, and familiarising themselves with the BS3 turf ahead of Sunday, Lee Johnson's men are ready to go again with just eight games of the run-in remaining.

The Owls head to Ashton Gate hoping to do the season double over the Robins, after their assist king Barry Bannan's late penalty won the reverse contest just days before Christmas. Their form, for what it's worth considering football's lengthy suspension, doesn't make for the best of reading - one win from their last 11 games in all competitions - but Monk said his side showed "character" to earn a point against Nottingham Forest in their 1-1 draw last weekend.

They are only six points behind City in the Championship standings, eight points off the play-offs, and while they could be considered outsiders, the club are set to lose a number of key figures from June 30th. 

Sunday's fixture v the Owls is available free on Robins TV (the stream starts one hour ahead of kick-off with all the build-up, analysis, and postmatch comments) to Season Card holders only, as the match has been selected for Sky Sports coverage. Non-Season Card holders can purchase an audio-only stream for just £2.50, as the live video matchday pass option is unavailable.

MATCH DETAILS

  • Date: Sunday, June 28th 2020
  • Kick-off: 12pm
  • Competition: Sky Bet Championship
  • Where: Ashton Gate
  • Officials: John Brooks (referee), Mark Russell and Timothy Wood (assistants), Kevin Johnson (fourth official)

HEAD TO HEAD


W: 17 (28%)
D: 15
L: 29

 

FORM - Includes pre-suspension
Bristol City: LLDDL
Sheffield Wednesday: WLLLD

Paterson was back on the scoresheet last weekend

Club news

  • Pedro Pereira has been ruled out for four weeks after suffering a thigh injury.
  • Markus Henriksen's loan spell came to an end, with the club allowing the midfielder to pursue other interests.
  • City's upcoming fixtures versus Nottingham Forest and Hull City have been moved to 6pm kick-offs.
  • And don't forget there's a new-look Robins TV and matchday show continues this Sunday. Season Card holders who selected options 1 or 2 will have received a redeemable voucher code to use to be able to watch all of the remaining scheduled games. Non-Season Card holders can buy an audio-only pass as the match has been selected for Sky Sports coverage. Click here to login to Robins TV and click through to 'packages' to get started if you haven't done so already.
  • Sheffield Wednesday have announced a number of players, including top scorer Steven Fletcher and Fernando Forestieri, will leave the club next week.
  • The Robins Matchday Programme is now digital and the latest publication can be read online here.

Watch: Lee Johnson pre-match press conference

 

Word from the camp

Midfielder and stalwart Korey Smith says City must "create their own atmosphere" as they prepare to play at home without fans for the first time. He looks forward to the prospect of playing competitive football in BS3 this weekend.

Head Coach Lee Johnson says it is "all to play for" in his preview to Sunday's clash. He has spoken of the response he has seen from his players in training this week.

Reid the reliant Robin: It was a match to remember for the Academy star

Memorable match

City 4-0 Sheffield Wednesday
Saturday, March 3rd 2018
Sky Bet Championship
Ashton Gate
Scorers: Reid 13, 35, 62(p), Brownhill 43
Attendance: 22,022

Bobby Reid grabbed his first career hat-trick as City slaughtered struggling Sheffield Wednesday 4-0 at Ashton Gate.

The Bristolian took his tally for the season to 18 with a first-half brace, which Josh Brownhill added to before the interval.

Reid completed his treble from the penalty spot in the 64th minute to kill the game as a contest, as City rediscovered their mojo – just as head coach Lee Johnson had requested.

The victory, a first win in six matches, moved City back into the play-off zone, just days after they had dropped out of the top six for the first time since September.

City starting XI: Fielding, Flint, Magnusson, Bryan, Pisano, Paterson, Brownhill, Smith, Pack, Reid, Diedhiou.

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