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Posted Friday, September 13th 2019

Preview: Stoke City (A)

City travel to the bet365 Stadium as Sky Bet Championship football returns following the international break.

Stoke City host the fixture hoping to kick-start their season after a slow start; they sit bottom of the league without a win in the 2019/20 Championship thus far.

As for the the Robins, Lee Johnson's team travel with confidence having gone the last five league games unbeaten, which included three wins in a row prior to facing Middlesbrough last time out.

MATCH DETAILS

  • Date: Saturday, September 14th
  • Kick-off: 3pm
  • Competition: Sky Bet Championship
  • Where: bet365 Stadium
  • Officials: Geoff Eltringham (referee), Andrew Fox (assistant), Nik Barnard (assistant), Andy Woolmer (fourth official)

HEAD TO HEAD

Stoke City v Bristol City:
W: 15 (28%)
D: 14
L: 25

 

FORM - Last five games (all competitions)
Bristol City: D*WWWD (*L 4-5 on penalties)
Stoke City: DLLD*L (*W 5-4 on penalties)

CLUB NEWS

  • Callum O'Dowda signed a new contract on Thursday
  • O'Dowda, Pedro Pereira, Joe Morrell, Ádám Nagy and Han-Noah Massengo all performed for their countries in the September international fixtures.
  • There is no pay on the day for those travelling to Stoke
  • Team news: Korey Smith edges closer to return and is progressing well in the gym. Tomas Kalas continues his recovery but remains another couple of weeks away but Bailey Wright is back training with the squad.
  • Stoke captain Danny Batth has spoken to the Stoke Sentinel, who write the club "are desperate to chalk up that elusive first win of the season" against City.

WORD FROM THE CAMP

Assistant Head Coach Jamie McAllister and striker Andreas Weimann have previewed this weekend's trip to Stoke.

The international break, recovery, match practice and form were all talking points ahead of the game.

MEMORABLE FIXTURE

Stoke City 0-2 Bristol City
Friday, January 1st 2019
Sky Bet Championship
Scorers: Famara Diédhiou 39', Callum O'Dowda 81'
Att: 23,912

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.

Bristol City: Mäenpää, Hunt, Webster (Wright), Kalas, Kelly, Brownhill, Pack, Paterson (Taylor), O'Dowda, Weimann (Adelakun), Diédhiou. Subs not used: O'Leary, Dasilva, Morrell, Eliasson.

AND FINALLY...

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