Match Pack: Bristol City (A) - Hull City

Match Pack: Bristol City (A)

Get the lowdown ahead of this afternoon's Sky Bet Championship trip to Ashton Gate...

THE MATCH
Bristol City vs Hull City
Saturday 21st April 2018 (KO 3pm)
Sky Bet Championship
Ashton Gate

TEAM NEWS
Nigel Adkins has a squad of 24 players to select from for the trip to Bristol City.

The Tigers’ Head Coach reported no fresh injury concerns on Friday morning as he looks to pick a team to face the play-off chasing hosts at Ashton Gate.

“Everybody is looking good and we’ve got a large group of players working very, very hard,” said Adkins.

“There’ll be changes to the side, but probably fewer than I made last weekend. Michael Dawson is one who will come back in and he’ll have the captain’s armband on.

“There are a lot of things built into the equation of picking a team at this time of the season. There’s the opportunity of maybe playing some of the younger players, there are players heading out of contract that you want to keep so you play them, players coming back from injury who need games and you want the team to build some momentum towards next season.”

Bristol City should have striker Jamie Paterson back in contention after he missed last weekend’s defeat at Middlesbrough through illness, but defender Bailey Wright is likely to be absent again after missing the last three games with a thigh problem.

PRE-MATCH TALK
Nigel Adkins is anticipating an exciting game when the Tigers visit Bristol City.

Bristol City need a win to keep alive their play-off hopes while Adkins’ men will be looking for a result that ensures their Championship survival, and the Head Coach is looking forward to facing a tough opponent.

“Bristol City have had an excellent season,” said Adkins.

“They managed to stay in the division last year and then had a great start to this season. They had a good cup run as well and they’ve played some exciting football.

“They’ve still got a chance of getting into the play-offs and they need to win their remaining games.

“That will make it an exciting game and one that we have to look forward to ourselves because it’s a game that we’re looking to win to ensure that we’re in this division next year.

“I’m looking for a performance from us and that is a message that has been driven home to the players in training.

“We need everybody working hard and playing in a way that gives us an opportunity to win the game. That would still be the message even if we were already safe because we want to build momentum for next season, too.

“We’re going to Bristol City in good spirits, fit, fresh and organised as we look to win a game of football.”

Harry Wilson, meanwhile, says the Tigers are determined to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat to Sheffield Wednesday and end the season in positive fashion.

Just three games remain of the 2017/18 campaign and Nigel Adkins’ side face games against sides that all, as it stands, still have plenty to play for in the race for promotion. The Tigers still have a bit of business to take care of themselves with Championship status not yet mathematically secured, leaving Wilson and his team-mates focussed on getting results against Cardiff City, Brentford and today’s opponents Bristol City.

“We’re all looking forward to the game on Saturday,” said Wilson. “When you lose a game like we did last weekend you want to put it right as soon as possible. There was no midweek game this week, so the chance comes against Bristol City this weekend.

“We’ve got three games coming up against teams that, as we speak, have still got a lot to play for and are fighting for play-off places or automatic promotion.

“They’ll be three tough games but we know that we still have work to do as well. We need to go into these games and play in the way that we know we can to get some results.

“We know that Bristol City play some good football and they’re a good team, but we’ll go there and concentrate on what we can do with the aim of coming home with a positive result.”

OPPOSITION VIEW
In-form striker Bobby Reid anticipates an “interesting” game when the Tigers travel to Ashton Gate.

The hosts continue to fight for a play-off place, while the Tigers are battling to secure their safety in the Sky Bet Championship. The Robins’ task is to win all their remaining games to keep pressure on those hunting a top-six finish, while Nigel Adkins’ men could guarantee their safety with just a point on Saturday, depending on other results.

Previewing the fixture, Reid told BCTV: “I think they will come to Ashton Gate to try and win the game, to get their job done and dusted.

“They want to be in this league next season so we won’t take them lightly. We know they won’t take it lightly either so we know it will be an interesting game.”

Saturday’s fixture is Bristol City’s penultimate home game of the season, before City travel to Nottingham Forest and host Sheffield United on the final day of the 2017/18 campaign and Reid wants to see a strong BS3 crowd, to roar the Robins on in their promotion push.

“It’s massive for us to have a great crowd,” he added. “They play a big part in our success and when the stadium is bouncing then it gives us every chance.”

FORM GUIDE

Hull City’s Last Five Results
L0-1 vs Sheffield Wednesday (h)
W5-0 vs Burton Albion (a)
W4-0 vs QPR (h)
D2-2 vs Wolves (a)
D0-0 vs Aston Villa (h)

Bristol City’s Last Five Results
L1-2 vs Middlesbrough (a)
W3-1 vs Birmingham City (h)
L0-2 vs Millwall (a)
L0-1 vs Brentford (a)
D2-2 vs Barnsley (a)

STATS
The Tigers’ only defeat in their last eight games against Bristol City in all competitions (W4 | D3 | L1) was in the reverse fixture this season – a 3-2 defeat at the KC Stadium.

The Robins are winless in three home league matches against Hull (D2 | L1) since a run of 12 consecutive wins between September 1971 and May 2011.

Nigel Adkins’ side are unbeaten in their last two away league games (W1 | D1), netting seven goals in the process – the same total they’d bagged in their previous nine on the road.

Bristol City have lost three of their last four Championship games (W1 | L3), as many as in their previous 12 (W3 | D6 | L3).

OFFICIALS
Oliver Langford will oversee the Sky Bet Championship clash at Ashton Gate.

A very experienced match official, Langford has eight seasons as an EFL referee under his belt. As part of the PGMO development programme, he has officiated in the Dallas Cup and Algarve Cup and has now taken charge of more than 200 EFL matches.

Langford has officiated 38 games so far this term, brandishing 116 yellow cards and five red cards, with three of those fixtures involving the Tigers.

Assisting Langford will be Robert Merchant and James Wilson, while Trevor Kettle will be on fourth official duty.

HISTORY
This will be the 84th competitive meeting between these two sides. The Tigers have won 28 of those games, drawing 22 and losing the other 33. In away games against the Robins, the Tigers have won six of 41 games in all competitions, with 11 draws and 24 defeats.

LAST TIME OUT
Josh Brownhill scored a last-minute winner as Bristol City fought back to claim a 3-2 victory at the KCOM Stadium earlier this season.

Fraizer Campbell and Jarrod Bowen seemingly put the hosts in control and on course for their first win in six Sky Bet Championship matches. However, the Robins hit back with Aden Flint and Bobby Reid levelling the scores before Brownhill netted a late winner to secure all three points for his side and inflict a desperately disappointing defeat on the Tigers.

TICKETS
Tickets are no longer available for this fixture. Please do NOT travel if you haven’t purchased your ticket in advance as no tickets will be available at the ground.

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