Bristol City vs Fulham Match Preview

Welcome to the totalrobins 125th Anniversary game, Bristol City vs Fulham prematch blog. We will cover; predicted lineups, current form and reviewing Saturdays performance against Millwall.

Millwall Review

The Robins came out of the New Den with a point as a second half Kalas own goal cancelled out Pedro Pereira’s opener as he returned to the side. The robins had only 1 shot on target in the match, for the 3rd time in 4 games, as creativity and clinical edge continues to be problematic for the Robins. Lee Johnson felt Bristol City should have been awarded a penalty as the ball hit the outstretched arm of Millwall’s Jake Cooper in the 18 yard box, however the referee gave nothing. Gary Rowett on the other hand believed Millwall should have had a penalty after Adam Nagy’s wild swing on Jason Molumby. Overall, the first half was much better from the Robins compared to Tuesdays awful performance against Huddersfield Town. Lee Johnson said after the game that the performance set the standard and that it is one to build on.

Fulham’s Recent Form

Next up for the Robins is promotion chasing Fulham. Scott Parker’s men have won 7 of their last 11 matches in the league, recently returning to form with wins over Swansea and Preston. The later was a solid 2-0 win and performance by the cottagers, with Kamara’s 90’ minute strike finishing the game after a David Nugent own goal. Fulham had 15 total shots against Preston, with only 4 on target, compared to Prestons 8 with 2 on target. Scott Parker’s side will come to Ashton Gate in full confidence, which could play into City’s hands as Johnson has said before that his side flourish as the underdog.

Predicted Lineups

Lee Johnson changed back to his favoured 4-4-2 against Millwall as his switch to the 5-3-2 did not work against Huddersfield Town. Andi Weimann returned to the starting lineup along with Korey Smith, Pedro Pereira and Callum O’Dowda. We see Johnson sticking to a similar system that worked well against Fulham at Craven Cottage, with Han-Noah Massengo returning in midfield alongside Korey Smith. We also predict Nahki Wells to feature, with Andi Weimann dropping out to the right flank, sacrificing Callum O’Dowda. Niclas Eliasson is also our pick on the left wing, replacing Jamie Paterson. We expect the back 4 to stay the same, and also the return of Dan Bentley in goal.

Bristol City Predicted 11 vs Fulham

The Fulham lineup is tricky, as Kamara came off the bench to score against Preston, and he may be handed a start over Ivan Cavaleiro or Antony Knockaert. However we predict both to retain their starting spot. The big news is that Joe Bryan came off injured and is unlikely to feature in his homecoming. This makes way for Cyrus Christie to play out of position on the left flank after he was awarded MOTM by FotMob.

Fulham Predicted 11 vs Bristol City

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Bristol City vs Brentford Preview

Happy New Year, it’s matchday as the Robins face Thomas Franks’ Brentford at Ashton Gate. It’s all set up to be a great encounter, with Brentford and Bristol City’s attacking play being the better side of their game. There may be lots of goals in this crucial game as both sides look to cement a play off position early in the new year.

Predicted Lineup Brentford

Brentford are most likely to set up in their traditional 4-3-3 with Watkins the spearhead of their attack. Benrahma and Mbuemo (who we missed out on in the summer) will likely operate either side, providing creativity and the ability to cut inside and shoot on goal. The midfield three could consist of any of five or 6 different players, but the most likely personnel to start are Norgaard, Jensen and Dasilva. The back four has been better for Brentford in recent weeks as they surged up the Championship table. The consistant selection of Jansson (C) and Ethan Pinnock has made the defence a lot more solid. The fullbacks in Henry and Dalsgaard have operated as wingbacks for most of this season, and last, so they will have the license to drive up the pitch and help Benrahma and Mbuemo as attacking threats.

Brentford Predicted Lineup

Predicted Lineup Bristol City

Last weeks 3-0 thrashing of Luton Town would suggest Lee Johnson will want to stick with his favoured 4-4-2 formation. Eliasson stood out again in that game, providing an assist for Marley Watkins headed goal, as well as being a constant threat down the left channel. Famara Diedhiou and Andi Weimann make the front two once again, Weimanns constant movement will make it a tricky afternoon for the tall and not very agile Brentford defenders; whilst Fam’s aerial threat and ability to hold off defenders should also cause them problems. I have stuck with Marley Watkins on the right hand side of midfield, after his impressive display against Luton. The physical presence and defensive security down that side benefited not only Watkins but Jack Hunts performance. Hunt recieved MOTM from Bristol City as he won a penalty and got an assist for Weimanns goal in the second half. The only changes I think will be made is in the midfield. I fear as I have at many games this season that our midfield can be easily overrun, and with Brentford most likely starting 3 midfielders, I worry this might happen. Which is why I recommend recalling Han-Noah Massengo to partner Josh Brownhill in the centre of midfield. The young Frenchmans energy and ‘buzz’ in midfield will allow City to contain the engine and workhorses of the Brentfords midfield.

Bristol City Predicted Lineup

Form Guide

Bristol City Wins – 1,

Draws – 4,

Brentford Wins – 6

Ones to Watch – Brentford

Ollie WatkinsAlmost joining city three summers ago, the former Exeter front man has been in fine form for the Bees this season. Watkins has scored 15 goals and has 2 assists so far this campaign, averaging a goal every 150 minutes. The striker can also operate on the wing, as he did for much of last season as the prolific Neal Maupay led the line. Now the star man, Watkins has really taken to his new position, and is certainly someone the back four of Bristol City have to keep quiet.

Bryan Mbuemo – Lee Johnson said after the 1-1 draw against Brentford back in October, that Mbuemo was on City’s radar this summer, and they narrowly missed out on the Frenchman. Since his reported £7M move from Troyes, Bryan has scored 9 goals and collected 4 assists this campaign. With an average match rating of 7.05, Mbeumo will be a huge threat to the defence of Bristol |City and Jay Dasilva will have to be on top of his game to contain the wide man.

Said Benrahma – It goes without saying that Benrahma is one of the best players in the Championship. Constantly being linked with moves to Spurs and Aston Villa, the Algerian winger has the ability to create a high quality chance out of nothing. Although he has only scored 3 and assisted 5 this season, it does not tell the full story, as Benrahma’s 45 key passes and 71 dribbles already this season, makes him a big threat in the final third.

Overview

That’s the end of the blog for today, safe travel for anyone going to the match today. My prediction is a 2-2 draw, however there will be loads of chances created. Happy New Year to everyone, thanks for reading.

Bristol City FC January Transfer Targets

Welcome to the first of many totalrobins blogs about our beloved Bristol City. In this blog we will dive deep into the January market as the Robins look to strengthen their side ahead of the second half of the season.

Eddie Nketiah

Firstly, lets get the obvious choice out of the way, it was revealed yesterday by Bristol City reporter Gregor MacGregor that Arsenal will be recalling Nketiah from Leeds United in the next 48 hours. City are said to be the front runners to sign the forward, with a host of championship clubs waiting in the wings for his signature. Eddie has played just 464 minutes in the Championship this season, less minutes than Benik Afobe this season. In that time Nketiah has scored 3 goals, averaging a goal every 155 minutes, however considering he has played 14 games from the bench, that is a very decent record. The Arsenal forward would be arriving on loan for the second half of the season, if City are to land him.

Yoanne Wissa

There were reports back as far as October from many sources that Bristol City held an interest in Yoanne Wissa. The French forward has operated at both winger and striker for FC Lorient, where he has contributed 11 goals and 1 assist in just 19 matches. Averaging a goal every 125 minutes. Wissa’s 62% shot accuracy and 64% dribble success rates are also attractive. However, Wissa will not come cheap, with the expected fee for the Frenchman to be around 3-5M. There will always be a risk element to signing players from abroad into the Championship, however risks must be taken if Lee Johnson wishes to push up the table.

Connor Wickham

The last of the strikers we believe are more likely than others to join Bristol City is Connor Wickham. The Crystal Palace striker has attracted a whole lot of Championship clubs interest in January, after Palace have been linked with an abundance of strikers this January. Wickham enjoyed his best season in 2015/16, scoring 5 goals in 15 Premier League starts as well as assisting 3 goals. Signing Wickham would be a big risk for the Robins, as he has never scored more than 5 goals in a professional season. In the Premier League this season, Wickham has played just 33 minutes, taking 1 shot. For me, I think Bristol City should steer clear, although the step down to the Championship could save Wickhams’ career.

Ben Gibson

Finally, Bristol City have been linked with Burnley defender Ben Gibson. The former Middlesbrough captain has started just 1 match for Burnley, in January 2019. It has been a disaster move for Gibson, who is linked with a departure this January. The defender played alongside Kalas as Middlesbrough kept the best defensive record in the Championship this decade. Gibson is not a goal scoring defender, having never scored more than once in his professional career. However his defensive numbers are good for a Championship centre half. His 80% pass accuracy, 71% dribble success, 60% tackles success rate, 270 clearances and 46 interceptions show how solid he was in 2017/18 for Boro. However similarly to other on this list, Gibson comes at a high price. Bristol City are linked with a loan move for the remainder of the season, but will possibly have the option to permanently buy Gibson for a fee in the region of 8M.

Overview

In summary, for me Bristol City should look to secure the services of Eddie Nketiah on loan for the remainder of the season, and wait on another forward until the summer. City have conceded the 4th most goals in the Championship thus far, and although a striker is a priority, I think Lee Johnson should look to bring in a defender as well. For this to be possible, I think a defender will have to leave, in either club captain Bailey Wright or Nathan Baker. I am still undecided if Gibson is the right man, however if it is a loan deal for Gibson then I think it would be a low risk move. I also believe that we are in need of a physical CDM, as our midfield is often overrun and out muscled with the nimble Nagy and energetic Massengo.

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