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James Crawley

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Posted Friday, February 21st 2020

Preview: West Brom (H)

Lee Johnson's men are back in BS3 with table toppers West Bromwich Albion in their sights.

Slaven Bilić’s side endured a patchy festive period with defeats to Middlesbrough, Stoke City and Cardiff City at the turn of the year suggesting their place on the throne would be threatened. But they have so far managed to retain top spot, if only to see their points gap bridged in recent times.

It’s a test of stamina though and West Brom have shown they are up for the challenge, having not dropped out of the play-off positions since matchday six.

At the time of writing, Leeds United (59 points) are hot on their heels, as are Fulham (56), Brentford (55), Nottingham Forest (55) and Preston, who sit level on points with City (53).

So, it’s all to play for as the race for promotion from the Championship intensifies in these final few months.

Can Bilić’s men be caught? City know a win on Saturday closes the gap even more and puts pressure on the two clubs hunting automatic promotion.

MATCH DETAILS

  • Date: Saturday, February 22nd 2020
  • Kick-off: 3pm
  • Competition: Sky Bet Championship
  • Where: Ashton Gate Stadium
  • Officials: Darren England (referee), Nick Greenhalgh and Paul Hodskinson (assistants), David Rock (fourth official)

HEAD TO HEAD

Bristol City v West Brom:
W: 15 (29%)
D: 15
L: 21

 

FORM - Last five games:
Bristol City: WWLWL
West Brom: LWWWD

Club news

Word from the camp

Robins Head Coach Lee Johnson is looking forward to home advantage playing a big part in the match with West Brom.

And midfielder Markus Henriksen has been speaking about his first few weeks on loan at City as well as looking ahead to what could be a busy summer on the international stage.

Memorable match

City 3-2 West Brom
Tuesday, April 9th 2019
Sky Bet Championship
Ashton Gate
Scorers: Brownhill 2, Weimann 16, Hunt 19
Att: 20,581

Three goals in an electric opening 20 minutes stretched City’s unbeaten run to five matches.

Josh Brownhill scored the first inside two minutes, while Andreas Weimann doubled the lead with a close-range finish.

Jack Hunt got off the mark in City colours with a back-post header with Ashton Gate rocking at half-time.

West Brom pulled two goals back courtesy of their dangerous duo Dwight Gayle and Jay Rodriguez to set up a nervy end but City held on to secure their first win over the Baggies since 2010.

City starting XI: O'Leary, Dasilva, Baker, Hunt, Kalas, Pack, Eliasson, Brownhill, Webster, Weimann, Diedhiou.

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