Match Previews

Bristol City v Albion match preview

21st February

Albion travel to Bristol City with the aim of extending their unbeaten run to five games this Saturday (ko 3pm).

Bristol City

Their last outing

City were beaten 1-0 by Leeds at Elland Road last weekend thanks to former Robin Luke Ayling’s first-half strike.

The result ensured they stayed narrowly outside the Play-Off places in seventh, only separated from the top six by goal difference.

BRISTOL CITY: Bentley, Kalas, Williams, Baker, Dasilva, Eliasson (Palmer 74), Massengo, Henriksen, Paterson (Diedhiou 60), Weimann (O’Dowda 34), Wells.

Substitutes: Hunt, Rowe, Benkovic, Wollacott.

In the dugout

Lee Johnson has been at the helm of the Ashton Gate side for four years, achieving finishes of 18th, 17th and 11th before ending last season in eighth.

The 38-year-old made more than 450 appearances for clubs such as Yeovil, Bristol City, Derby, Chesterfield and Kilmarnock - hanging his boots up in 2013 and moving straight into management.

Johnson took over at Oldham aged just 31 ahead of switching to Barnsley 11 months later, where he was then picked up by the Robins in 2016.

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One to watch

January signing Nahki Wells will be one for Albion’s defence to watch closely this weekend.

The striker, captured permanently from Burnley following a lethal first half of this season on loan at QPR, has netted 16 times already this campaign - once in a City shirt.

He’s had a prolific career, scoring over 125 goals despite not yet turning 30, and has featured heavily in the EFL as well as in the Premier League.

Our last league meeting

The Baggies ran out 4-1 winners against Bristol City back in November.

Fantastic goals from Kieran Gibbs and Matheus Pereira had Albion two up at the break, and despite Famara Diedhiou’s strike for the Robins the scoreline was rounded off late on by Hal Robson-Kanu and Charlie Austin.

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Stats

Albion

• Slaven Bilić’s side remain at the summit of the Sky Bet Championship following a so-far successful February, which has seem them win three and draw one of their four games.

• Albion have the best record on the road in the division and have failed to score just once away from home this season.

• The Baggies have found the net in all of their last five trips to Bristol City.

Bristol City

• The Robins are unbeaten in their three most recent league games against Albion at Ashton Gate, but did lose 1-0 in an FA Cup Third Round replay in 2016.

• Both teams have scored in 10 of the last 11 meetings between City and the Baggies. In those 11 meetings, eight matches have produced four or more goals.

• City have been inconsistent in front of their own fans. Their last five fixtures at home reads WLWLW, and they have lost four of their last 10 in Bristol.

Head to head

 

Albion wins

Draws

City wins

League

18

12

13

FA Cup

3

2

0

League Cup

0

1

1

Total

21

15

14

Our man to watch

Callum Robinson has been in great form since arriving temporarily from Sheffield United last month.

The exciting forward claimed his first assist on his debut against Luton and notched a maiden goal in blue and white last weekend against Nottingham Forest.

He also happens to be very good at recognising football shirts…

Best of social

Ticket news

Baggies fans have snapped up all the tickets for Saturday’s clash, meaning it’s completely SOLD OUT.

Thank you, as always, for your fantastic support.

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Bristol City is available in our Match Centre, where you can listen to live commentary on WBA Radio or follow our live text feed.

WBA Radio is the only service that allows Baggies fans around the world - from Smethwick to the Sahara - access to uninterrupted live commentaries from every one of our competitive games.

iFollow subscribers can join Gez Mulholland and Andy Johnson for Baggies-biased live commentary on Saturday.

Supporters who have an iFollow subscription may be able to live stream the game depending on where they are located around the world. To find out, click here.

You’ll also be able to find score updates on the club's social media channels.

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