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Match Preview: Bristol City

13 December 2016

All the info ahead of tonight's trip to Ashton Gate

Bristol City vs Brentford

Tuesday 13 December
Ashton Gate  
Sky Bet Championship
Kick-off: 7.45pm

The Opponents

It's definitely been a case of home sweet home for Bristol City this season with The Robins boasting the joint best home record outside the Play-Offs so far this campaign. While Lee Johnson's side have struggled on the road, picking up just eight points from 11 games, only the top two of Newcastle United and Brighton and Hove Albion have left Ashton Gate with all three points thus far. That being said City go into tonight's game having lost seven of their last ten matches in all competitions, slipping from fifth at the start of October to their present position of 14th, two points clear of The Bees.

It was a quiet transfer window in the West Country with six in and six out. Lee Tomlin made his temporary move from AFC Bournemouth permanent with Ivan Lucic [Bayern Munich], Callum O'Dowda [Oxford United], Diego De Girolamo [Sheffield United], Hordur Magnusson [Juventus], and Taylor Moore [Lens] the other new faces. Heading out of Ashton Gate were Shaquille Hunter [Bath City], Scott Wagstaff [Gillingham], Adam El-Abd [Shrewsbury Town], Kieran Agard [MK Dons], Luke Ayling [Leeds United], and Derrick Williams [Blackburn Rovers]. Lee Johnson also secured the services of Adam Matthews [Sunderland], Tammy Abraham [Chelsea], and Jamie Paterson [Nottingham Forest] on loan deals ahead of the campaign.

The Manager

Son of Cheltenham Town boss Gary, Lee Johnson played for his father at Yeovil Town and Bristol City. In his 13-year playing career, he also appeared for Heart of Midlothian, Derby County, Chesterfield and Kilmarnock. He won promotion twice under Gary at Yeovil Town and was part of the Bristol City side that made the Championship Play-Off final in 2008, losing 1-0 to Hull City. Lee also picked up a Scottish League Cup title whilst with Kilmarnock.

Lee became the youngest manager in the Football League in March 2013 when he took over at League One Oldham Athletic. He led them to safety in his first season and their highest finishing position in five years in his second season before departing for Barnsley in February 2015 with The Latics ninth in League One.  After initially struggling with The Tykes, he won seven of his final eight league matches in charge, setting Barnsley on their way towards the Play-Off places, before replacing Steve Cotterill at Ashton Gate in February.

The Match Officials

Referee: Andy Woolmer
Assistant Referees: Adam Crysell and Akil Howson
Fourth Official: Kevin Johnson

Ticket and Travel news

There will be no Pay on the Day tonight at Ashton Gate and advanced sales for tonight's match have already ended.

For the travel info on getting to Ashton Gate click here.

Match Betting

Principal partners 888sport offer the latest odds on tonight's meeting.

Bees 12/5
Bristol City 11/10
Draw 13/5

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Match Coverage

You can hear live match commentary on Bees Player from 7.15pm tonight, with Mark Burridge and Dave Morley.

There will be live match updates on Twitter from 6.45pm.


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