Bristol City will look to end its recent slump in form when it plays host to disappointing Norwich City in the English Championship on Saturday.
Ashton Gate, Bristol, England 13 Jan 2018 3:00 pm (GMT)
Key Stat: Norwich are unbeaten against Bristol City since their last relegation from the Premier League (1W, 2D).
Expert Verdict: After a brilliant performance that could be remembered for some time, Bristol City have to pick themselves up and get back into Championship mode. They have let their form drop recently, but the visit of the Canaries will be the ideal time to turn that around. Bristol wins to get back on track in the league.
Lee Johnson has injuries to midfielders Jens Hegeler, right back Eros Pisano, and center forward Famara Diedhiou currently.
At the Etihad on Tuesday, Bristol City took the fight right to Manchester City and showed them that they would not be allowing them to waltz into the final of the EFL Cup. They even scored the first goal, courtesy of a penalty from Bobby Reid. The striker has been brilliant at filling in for the departed Tammy Abraham, and that has helped them up the table. His coolness to score against Bravo was exquisite, and he has 12 in the Championship already.
Bristol have four losses and a win in their last five matches:
2-1 loss at Manchester City (EFL Cup)
3-0 loss at Watford (FA Cup)
5-0 loss at Aston Villa
1-2 home loss vs Wolves
2-0 home win vs Reading
Defenders:Wright, Flint, Baker, Magnusson
Midfielders:Brownhill, Pack, Smith, Bryan
Daniel Farke is missing defensive midfielder Louis Thompson due to a bad Achilles injury.
There were no goals scored in their match with Chelsea on Saturday in the cup, but that just goes to show how good the Canaries can be on their day. Those days don't come too often lately, but when they do they come via the play of players like Josh Murphy. The young winger has scored four times this season so far, and only needs to add end product to his game to become a Prem star in the future.
Norwich have two draws, two wins, and a loss in their last five matches:
0-0 home draw vs Chelsea (FA Cup)
2-1 home win vs Millwall
0-0 draw at Burton
0-2 win at Birmingham City
1-2 home loss vs Brentford
Defenders:Hanley, Zimmermann, Klose
Midfielders:Pinto, Tettey, Trybull, Lewis
Forwards:Pritchard, Murphy, Maddison
Bristol City have only met Norwich City in 19 times in total. So far, the Canaries lead with nine wins, three draws, and seven losses. Here's a look at the last three results, which have taken place since Norwich's relegation:
Sep 23, 2017: NC 0-0 BC
Mar 7, 2017: BC 1-1 NC
Aug 16, 2016: NC 1-0 BC
Bet365 have the following odds available for this match:
Bristol City are at 5/4 to win, a draw is at 12/5, and a Norwich win is at 21/10.
Bristol City will enter this round of fixtures in fourth place and well inside the playoff hunt for now. Despite their loss to City, they still have a great chance to get promoted this season, and they will be buoyed by the way they played if not the results. In the league, they are struggling at the moment with two losses in a row ahead of this match. Norwich, on the other hand, are down in 13th place. They have 34 points, putting them ten ahead of the relegation battle but also nine outside of the playoff push. They are in no man's land and might just stay there. They have picked up seven points from their last three matches, however, so that could propel them up the table.
At home, the Robins have taken 24 points from a possible total of 39 to give them the league's seventh best record at the moment. They have lost three times and drawn three times, but they have won the rest of their fixtures there. They lost their last match at home, but they have won three of their last five. The Canaries, meanwhile, have been decent away from home. They have amassed 17 league points from 17 matches away, including five wins and two draws. They have improved in the last two matches in order to grab four points from them.
A no for both teams to score, via Ladbrokes, is set at 21/20.
Bristol City might have lost to Manchester City on Tuesday for their fourth loss in a row in all competitions, but they still should be favored in this match. Norwich aren't great away from home, so this should be a win for the home side.