Bristol City go to Griffin Park tonight to face Brentford, the side currently top of the league.
Tonight’s game is not going to be easy, especially coming on the back of a trip to third placed Wolves at the weekend and it’s made worse by the fact that the Bees are in such hot form, they have won 14 of their last 16 league games and drawn the other two.
The corresponding game at Ashton Gate took place in October and City went down 2-1 in that one with Marlon Harewood grabbing an injury time goal for the home side.
Defeat at Wolves at the weekend means City have now gone five games without a win, but if they could pull off a win at Griffin Park, they could move out of the bottom four.
Steve Cotterill: ‘At the end of the day, we don’t want to just talk about performance, performance and performance and have no points at the end of it.
‘We’re not stupid. If the performance is not so good at Brentford and we end up getting three points, then we’ll take that.’
Brentford Team News:
Brentford are hopeful Tony Craig will be fit for this one; the defender ended up with a broken hand after the win against Gillingham on Friday night, but should be okay wearing a protective cast.
Overcoming a groin injury is fellow centre back Harlee Dean, and they could be paired up at the centre of defence. Midfielder Adam Forshaw is also close to fitness after a calf strain and winger Sam Saunders hopes to shake off a knock.
Brentford also have a new face in the squad, Nico Yennaris joined from Arsenal on Monday and will probably play some part in the game.
Player to watch: Clayton Donaldson.
Brentford have a few dangerous players who can score goals, Donaldson is one of them, and the youngster has struck 14 times in 29 games and has already scored against City once this season.
Bristol City Team News:
Bristol City midfielder Scott Wagstaff remains a doubt after missing Saturday’s 3-1 defeat by Wolves with a hamstring injury.
Steve Cotterill has no other injury or suspension concerns, as they look to escape the League One relegation zone.
Player to watch: Sam Baldock.
If there is a goal likely to be scored, it will probably be Sam that gets it.
Betting odds (Skybet)
2-0 to Brentford.
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