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PREVIEW | TOWN V BRISTOL CITY

30 September 2017

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Current standings: Town hold the final play-off spot following a win over Sunderland midweek. They are also the Championship’s top scorers this season having netted 19 in total. Bristol City are one place behind Ipswich in seventh, but have played one game more than Saturday’s hosts.

 

League form:

Town – L L W L W. Points from last five: 6/15.

Mick McCarthy’s side returned to the top six with an impressive bounce-back win on Tuesday at Portman Road. The Blues have a solid record at home this season, having lost just once to Fulham last month.

Fulham  (H) L 2-0

QPR (A) L 2-1

Bolton (H) W 2-0

Leeds (A) L 3-2

Sunderland (H) W 5-2

 

Bristol City – W D W D W. Points from last five: 11/15

After just one win in their opening five league games, Bristol  City have managed three wins in their last five and have scored 10 goals in the process. The Robins are undefeated since the second game of the season, when they lost 2-1 at St Andrews to a Birmingham side still under the management of Harry Redknapp.

Reading (A) W 1-0

Wolves (A) D 3-3

Derby (H) W 4-1

Norwich (A) D 0-0

Bolton (H) W 2-0

 

Previous meetings at Portman Road:

Town 2-1 Bristol City 30.12.16

Town 2-2 Bristol City 26.09.15

Town 1-1 Bristol City 22.12.12

Town 3-0 Bristol City 03.03.12

Town 2-0 Bristol City 28.08.10

 

Last time we met: Town 2-1 Bristol City 30.12.16

Brett Pitman scored a fantastic winner for the Blues at Portman Road last December to seal all three points for McCarthy’s men. Kevin Bru had put the hosts ahead five minutes before half-time, before Tammy Abraham replied for City seven minutes after the restart when he stabbed home from close range. Ipswich broke late on and found Pitman in the box, who, with his back to goal, somehow finished into the bottom corner with an improvised bicycle kick.

 

One to watch: Bobby Reid.

The Bristol-born midfielder has six goals in the Championship and is the joint-top scorer this term. Reid has got off to a flying start for the Robins and has one assist to his name too.

 

Could be the difference: Set pieces.

Town have scored from four set pieces so far this campaign, while the visitors have found the net from six. Both sides are dangerous from dead ball situations and will look to capitalise on their opportunities.


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