Bristol City defender Louis Carey (knee) remains a doubt and Jamie McAllister (ankle) is still side lined. The game may come too soon for Liam Fontaine but someone who should play is ex-Blues “Top Prospect” Neil Kilkenny.
Stephen Carr and Curtis Davies are back in contention after recovering from knee injuries. Pablo Ibanez is out after suffering concussion against Brugge although that injury is not as bad as first thought.
The sides last met in March 2009 at St Andrews where Blues got their promotion push back on track with a 1-0 victory. Franck Queudrue scored the winner from an 87th minute corner. The game at Ashton Gate the previous September finished 2-1 to Blues with Cameron Jerome adding to an early Bristol own goal.
Bristol City are bottom of the table having only won one game all season. They have only two draws to show for all their home games so far, having scored four goals in the process.
Blues are on a run of four straight wins in all competitions and have taken ten points from their last six games in the league.
What a result on Thursday night! I’d have to admit I wasn’t expecting it, but it was well deserved in the end. Apart from two ten minute periods at the start of each half I thought we were the better team. If we can win our two remaining home games then I’m going to be previewing Sunday fixtures after Christmas as well!
This week’s Sunday game takes us to bottom-of-the-table Bristol City who are not having a happy time of it at the moment. Their fans haven’t seen a home win all season and they even got knocked out of the Carling Cup at home to League Two Swindon Town . Their top scorer is Nicky Maynard with three, although two of those were scored in August so they haven’t even been able to rely on him recently. They will be low on confidence which will be exactly the opposite of Blues after four straight wins, three of them away. We do need to beware the “New Manager Effect” as they have just appointed Derek McInnes from St Johnstone and their players will be wanting to impress the new guy.
While it would be just like Blues to follow great wins against Leicester and Brugge with a defeat to the league’s bottom club, I really can’t see it happening. The team will be refreshed with some of those who didn’t feature on Thursday getting the nod. I expect King and Wood to start and with those two up front you’ve got to expect goals. I’m desperately trying not to get too attached to Chris Wood in case he goes back to the Baggies in January but we haven’t had a player that has consistently provided goals since Mikael Forsell in 2004. With the defence tightening up we have been able to win games despite only really performing for forty-five minutes or less. With a tough game at home to Leeds following on Wednesday, Chris Hughton may choose to give some other fringe players a go. Guriane N’daw impressed me on Thursday night and may get another chance assuming he’s got over witnessing the injury to Ibanez that seemed to upset him a lot.
Last time I predicted a Blues win we put in a non-performance against Barnsley and were lucky to get a point so I’m a little wary of doing it again. However, confidence is definitely high and we are playing against a club that is really struggling. Even the trip to Bruges shouldn’t affect things too much.
My prediction Bristol City 0 Blues 2
C’mon you Blue Boys.