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Match Preview: Bristol City vs Brentford

We head to Ashton Gate this afte

26 December 2018

We make a Boxing Day trip down the M4 to face Bristol City this afternoon, here's all the information you need ahead of today's game.

THE OPPOSITION

Bristol City appear to have turned a corner in the last month or so, putting together a five-game unbeaten run to ease, what had been growing, pressure on boss Lee Johnson. Home form remains an issue for The Robins, with the Bristolian faithful seeing just one win since September and only 12 goals all term. 

Goals in general have been problematic for City with only Famara Diedhiou and Andreas Weimann netting more than three in the league this term. 

Over the summer, Bristol lost several key members of their squad, most notably in defence. Joe Bryan moved to newly promoted Fulham, Aden Flint was sold to Middlesbrough and Luke Steele moved on a free to Nottingham Forest. Bobby Reid was one of the most high profile players to leave, getting a £10 million move to Premier League new boys Cardiff City.

Coming in, Marley Watkins from Norwich City and Adam Webster from Ipswich Town added Championship experience. Andreas Weimann also joined from Derby County.

Only two players came in on loan deals, including fullback Jay Dasilva - the brother of Brentford B defender Cole Dasilva. Chelsea's Tomas Kalas also joined to bolster the defensive side of the team.

TEAM NEWS

Bristol City will assess Nathan Baker ahead of today's game while Marley Watkins will be looking to return after a dead leg. 

For Brentford, Chris Mepham is a doubt after picking up a knock on Saturday while Emiliano Marcondes and Lewis Macleod are set to miss out. 

THE MANAGER

Son of Cheltenham Town boss Gary, Lee 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 while with Kilmarnock.

Lee became the youngest manager in the Football League in March 2013 when he took over at League One side 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 last eight league matches, setting Barnsley on their way towards the Play-Off places, before replacing Cotterill at Ashton Gate in February 2016.

LAST TIME OUT

Neal Maupay was the match-winner on our most recent trip to BS3 back in April

PRE-MATCH FEATURES

READ: Gregor MacGregor analyses City's season so far

REF WATCH: David Webb the referee this weekend

TICKETS AND TRAVEL

Advanced sales for today's game have now ended and we have been informed there will be NO pay on the day.

Plan your day at Ashton Gate with our Travel Guide

MATCH COVERAGE

Matchday Live will be brought to you from Ashton Gate with live iFollow commentary and analysis. Mark Burridge is your host, and he'll be joined by Richard Lee and Ciaran Brett from 2.30pm.

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