EFL CHAMPIONSHIP

Bristol City vs Derby County: Match preview, team news, and predicted line-ups

Bristol Derby County, Six Sports

Bristol City and Derby County go head to head at Ashton Gate Stadium in a Championship match on Saturday. The two teams last met in January of this year where Derby County came out as 1-0 winners. Thanks to an early strike by Colin Kazim-Richards.

Both Bristol City and Derby County will be hoping to make a comeback after losing last weekend. Bristol City lost 2-0 away to Sheffield United after conceding a goal in each half. Derby County lost out to QPR as Andre Gray scored a late winner to break Derby County hearts.

The home side sits 18th on the table with 23 points. 22 above their weekend visitors. They have lost seven of their last eleven games. Only beating 10 men Stoke City and a toothless Barnsley side. The Robins are 7 points above the relegation zone.

However, a win on Saturday for Bristol will mean they go four matches unbeaten on home soil, which will help them improve their home form. They have won more points on the road(12) than at their home ground(11).

Bristol City Championship Form: L L D W L

Derby County has had an unusual season this time around. The arrival of manager Wayne Rooney has certainly made an impact on the team and the fans. We are seeing a little bit of momentum gathering at the Pride Park Stadium. But is it a little too late for them to resurrect their season?

They are 19 points adrift from safety. Sitting at the bottom of the table with only 1 point, as a consequence of their 21 point deduction by the EFL. The Rams will be hoping their main man Lawrence continues his good form in front of the goal in their weekend clash against Bristol.

Tom Lawrence has recorded three goals and two assists in his last five games. The captain has been leading by example for the Derby side.

Derby County Championship Form: L D W D L

Bristol Derby County, Six Sports

Bristol City vs Derby County: Team News

Bristol City

Rob Atkinson will be the likely replacement for the injured Nathan Baker who is set to miss out due to a head injury. The likes of Andy King, Matthew James, Tommy Conway, Robbie Cundy, Joe Williams will all miss out due to injuries.

The Robins boss Nigel Pearson has admitted they are going to be missing some experience and will reply on younger players to get them the result. (Via bcfc.co.uk)

Possible Bristol City starting line-up

Daniel Bentley (GK); Cameron Pring, Robert Atkinson, Tomas Kalas, Zak Vyner; Han-Noah Massengo, Tyreeq Bakinson; Callum O’Dowda, Andreas Weimann, Nahki Wells; Chris Martin

Derby County

Wayne Rooney may decide to bring Colin Kazim-Richards, the lone scorer on their last meeting with Brighton back into the squad. Sam Baldock, Christian Bielik, Jack Stratton, and Lee Buchanan are also likely to miss out due to injuries. The Derby side has no suspensions.

Possible Derby County starting line-up

Roos; Byrne, Jagielka, Davies, Forsyth; Thompson, Bird, Shinnie; Ebosele, Kazim-Richards, Lawrence

Our prediction

Bristol City 2-2 Derby County

This is going to be a tight game. There is not a lot to distinguish between two teams. Derby will be going all out to win the 3 points but it may not be enough. Both the teams will be going for a win leaving their defense somewhat exposed. This suggests both teams could get the scoresheet multiple times.

We reckon there will no winners in this game. But if someone is to take away all 3 points, then the home side has a slight advantage over the visitors.

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