Bristol City get their season underway with a trip to the early favourites to win the league, Sheffield United. Both clubs have something of a different look about them having added new players to their squads.
Nigel Clough has added nine new players and will be looking for them to live up to their favourites rating as beating City will give them the boost of having put one over the side that are second favourites to win the title.
City will want very different results from when they took on the Blades last season, they lost the home game 1-0 and the game at Bramall Lane was lost 3-0. That is not the sort of start Steve Cotterill will be looking for.
So all should be set for a good game with both clubs looking for all three points and the bookies fancying plenty of goals. And that’s not forgetting the early kick-off as the game is live on Sky Sports.
Steve Cotterill: “Is it the toughest start? I don`t know; I`ll know more about that after the game.
“However, if we go up there and play to our capabilities then it might be the toughest start for them.
“The only thing we can do is focus on playing well ourselves, not what Sheffield United are going to do.
“I think it`s a great opening game for us. The players could gain a huge boost from going up there and getting a result.
“To be honest, if I had the choice between playing them home or away on the opening day, I`d choose away.”
Jamie Murphy (Sheff Utd):‘Steve Cotterill is a manager with a reputation for winning promotion and I am sure they will be aiming for the top six at the very least this season, again just like we are.
‘They have signed a lot of good players this summer and arguably, although it is our first game, it could be our toughest of the season.
‘I am just pleased we are at home, there remains a real positivity amongst the supporters and it would be brilliant to kick-off with three points, although nothing will be won or lost on Saturday.’
Sheffield United Team News:
Sheffield United go into this game knowing they may be without the services of midfielder James Wallace, who is struggling with a groin injury.
Michael Higdon is also doubtful as he lacks match fitness but other new faces recruits Chris Basham, Andy Butler, Jamal Campbell-Ryce, Ben Davies, Harrison McGahey and Marc McNulty should play.
Player to watch: Jamie Murphy
24 year old Scottish midfielder, gets down the wing and can cause headaches for defenders. Picked up from Motherwell in January last year, looked good last season and sure to do even better this time around.
Bristol City Team News:
Bristol City have an almost clean bill of health.
But they could be without defender Karleigh Osborne, who suffered a a serious leg gash during pre-season in Botswana.
Player to watch: Sam Baldock
Seems an obvious choice, but he is really ready to go and break last seasons goal tally of 26 by reaching 30 this season.
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Bradford v Coventry
Colchester v Oldham
Fleetwood v Crewe
Leyton Orient v Chesterfield
MK Dons v Gillingham
Port Vale v Walsall
Preston v Notts County
Rochdale v Peterborough
Swindon v Scunthorpe
Yeovil v Doncaster
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