Bristol City v Bolton – Ashton Gate at 19:35 GMT
A massive clash between Championship rivals Bristol City and Bolton Wanderers are set to take place on the 4th round of the FA Cup at the Ashton Gate Stadium on Friday. Bristol City will enter the match as the favourites after bagging a stellar five match-winning streak throughout all competitions. The hosts have been in great form lately but can they outshine Bolton, achieve their 5th consecutive win, and proceed to the 5th round?
Bristol City will welcome Bolton in quite a fantastic mood and will face their opponents on a roll after prolonging their 11-match unbeaten run. They have established themselves as one of the candidates included in the race for a top six finish, as well as a spot in the promotional play-offs by the end of the season. Bristol City are just two points adrift of Derby County in the 6th place in the standings after their 0-1 victory on the road against Nottingham Forest over the weekend. Bristol City will be looking forward in making the most out of their great form so expect them to put up a good fight on Friday.
The Bolton Wanderers, on the other hand, are in opposite form, hovering just above the relegation zone at the 23rd place. During their trip to Ashton Gate earlier this month, they managed to take the lead but eventually fell to Friday’s opponents in an upsetting 2-1 loss. Their struggles have been evident especially on the road which is very much nerve-racking if they will be taking on a team like the Robins. The Wanderers haven’t bagged a single away victory since August, and just four draws in 12 outings aren’t exactly worth the hype.
Expect Bristol City to take advantage of their rivals’ poor form, but Bolton shouldn’t be underestimated either.
– Bristol City’s Nathan Baker and Marley Watkins are both doubtful for Friday night’s clash.
– Frank Fielding, Korey Smith, and Liam Walsh are out for the match due to injury problems.
– Bolton’s Sammy Ameobi, Gary O’Neil, and Andrew Taylor are also doubtful.
PROBABLE FORMATION & STARTING XI
Bristol City: 4-1-4-1
Famara Diedhiou, Niclas Eliasson, Josh Brownhill, Jamie Paterson, Callum O’Dowda, Marlon Pack, Jack Hunt, Bailey Wright, Adam Webster, Jay Dasilva, Niki Maenpaa
Josh Magennis, Craig Noone, Josh Vela, Yanic Wildschut, Jason Lowe, Luke Murphy, Jonathan Grounds, Mark Beevers, David Wheater, Pawel Olkowski, Ben Alnwick
Famara Diedhiou is definitely blossoming again ever since he joined Bristol City and has become one of its most important players this season. Just recently, the Senegalese striker helped secure Bristol city’s fourth consecutive victory against rivals Nottingham Forest.
Josh Magennis has been one of the key players for the Bolton Wanderers especially this season. Earlier this month, Josh Magennis managed to a hat-trick to secure their 5-2 comeback vitory against League One side Walsall.
Bristol City v Bolton: 2-0
Both Bristol City and the Bolton Wanderers are aiming to secure a victory on Friday for different reasons; the Robins are fighting for a spot in the top six finish, while the Trotters are on struggling to stay above the drop zone. However, if these two teams were compared based on their performances lately, it’s quite evident that the hosts will be the one who will come out as winners. But one thing everyone learned about football is a lot of unexpected things can happen, and to never underestimate the underdogs.
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