Bristol City will face Tony Mowbray’s Blackburn Rovers at Ashton Gate on Sunday afternoon in BS3.
City will come into the game after back-to-back victories in the Championship after edging past Swansea City in South Wales on Saturday following a 3-0 hammering of QPR in London.
The opponents, Blackburn Rovers, are still undefeated in the new campaign after two wins and three draws so far this season. Rovers have also managed two wins in the Carabao Cup and have been finding the back of the net in a hefty manor whilst doing so, with a 5-1 win over Carlisle United in the opening round before thrashing League Two leaders Lincoln City.
The Robins have won 17 of their 42 meetings against Blackburn with the first of those coming over 100 years ago, back in 1906.
City are unbeaten against the Lancashire-based side since the end of 2015 but before that spell they endured a losing streak of five games, going back to 1992.
The Robins’ frontman Famara Diedhiou will be back in action on Sunday afternoon after undeservedly suffering a six-match ban for apparently spitting in the face of Birmingham’s David Davis during last season’s clash.
Diedhiou netted 13 times during last season’s campaign before receiving the ban and will hopefully be the missing formula to Lee Johnson’s strike force. The Senegalese ace has made six appearances for his national team and will add the experience and strength that The Robins need going forward.
It would be very unlikely for Diedhiou to come straight back into the side with Matty Taylor being slightly in form at the moment, however, there is no doubt the gaffer will slowly ease him back into the side.
Recent new-signing Tomas Kalas will be in the heart of the defence once again, although it is unknown who he will be partnered by in the centre, with Nathan Baker being back after a short-term injury.
Bradley Dack will be the man to watch for Blackburn Rovers if he is fit enough to play against City after being sidelined in Blackburn’s 1-0 win over Brentford last weekend and Tuesday’s 4-1 win over Danny Cowley’s Lincoln City.
Kasey Palmer will also be one to watch during Sunday’s game after already bagging four goals this season. He was the match winner on Saturday afternoon and added to his tally against Lincoln with a brace after coming on off the bench.
A win for either side could potentially lift them into third in the Championship table with Leeds United and Tony Pulis’ Middlesbrough being out in front.
It will be a tough affair for City as Blackburn are undefeated in all competitions and have enjoyed two mammoth wins in the Carabao Cup, but they are easily capable of producing a win if they can emulate their performances against Queens Park Rangers and Graham Potter’s Swansea.
Prediction: 2-1 – For me City will hold onto a narrow win against Tony Mowbray’s side. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if Famara came on off the bench and netted with five minutes to go!
Predicted Lineup: Maenpaa; Hunt, Kalas, Webster, Kelly; Watkins, Brownhill, Pack, Eliasson; Taylor, Weimann.
Blackburn Correspondent Oliver’s Predicted Lineup: Raya; Nyambe, Mulgrew, Lenihan, Bell; Evans, Smallwood, Bennett, Dack, Palmer; Graham.