Championship: Bristol City vs. Leeds United match preview, prediction, team news, line-ups
The home team is now down in 13th place in the standings, just as the visitors have a chance to go up to second place.
Daniel Farke may have been worried about Leeds’ response at the beginning of the season after their dismal return in December, but January ended up being their strongest month.
Six games across all competitions resulted in five wins, one draw, and one stalemate, which occurred against Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup fourth round.
Although Farke made several changes that game, his well-established team has won four straight games in the league, scoring nine goals and giving up only one.
Even though they haven’t played at their peak level for the past three games, Leeds managed to defeat Preston North End 2-1 and Norwich City 1-0, respectively, showing that they have the fortitude to struggle their way to wins in the second half of the season.
They also won 3-0 at Cardiff City in their most recent away Championship match, but this is a team that has lost six of its past 14 away games in the second division.
Bristol City manager Liam Manning, who is currently seeing inconsistent results from his team in several competitions, will take note of that record.
The Robins’ hopes of making the playoffs have been harmed by their inability to win a Championship match since Boxing Day; yet, they have played Nottingham Forest and West Ham United at home in the FA Cup without giving up a goal.
The latter will play a fourth-round replay next week in an attempt to set up a home matchup with Manchester United, but for now, the league is the only thing on everyone’s mind.
With a victory on Friday, Bristol City would move to within three points of the top six. Since their next league games are at home against Southampton and away at Middlesbrough, a win feels crucial.
Bristol City Championship form:
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Bristol City form (all competitions):
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Leeds United Championship form:
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Leeds United form (all competitions):
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Tommy Conway anticipates coming back down the centre of the Bristol City attack, even after Nahki Wells scored against Coventry in the middle of the week.
Right wing-back Ross McCrorie is a possibility after recently demonstrating his fitness following an injury, and because of the short turnaround, recalls for Matty James and Harry Cornick will be taken into consideration.
But Scott Twine, who is sidelined along with Rob Atkinson, Kal Naismith, and Mark Sykes due to a thigh injury, will not be playing.
Archie Gray, Junior Firpo, Glen Kamara, Daniel James, Crysencio Summerville, and Patrick Bamford are the five players who were left off of the Leeds team for the FA Cup match against Plymouth. They should all be back in the starting eleven.
Stuart Dallas and Pascal Struijk are still sidelined with injuries, and any new additions must be signed by Thursday midday in order to play in this match.
Bristol City possible starting lineup:
O’Leary; Tanner, Vyner, Dickie; McCrorie, Williams, Gardner-Hickman, Pring; Knight, Mehmeti; Conway
Leeds United possible starting lineup:
Meslier; Gray, Rodon, Ampadu, Firpo; Gruev, Kamara; James, Rutter, Summerville; Bamford
Our prediction for this match 2-0 or 2-1 won by Leeds United