After Saturday’s narrow victory over Sheffield United, Lee Johnson’s Bristol City will be hoping to make it five wins on the spin as they head to Birmingham to face West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.
A terrific Marley Watkins header late on handed City their fourth consecutive win in the Championship and lifted them up to third in the table. Other than the header from the 27-year-old in the 81st minute of the game, their wasn’t much action. Sheffield United’s David McGoldrick was appalling in front of goal missing three clean cut chances while the Robins’ striker Famara Diedhiou wasn’t much better as he also squandered multiple opportunities and was later replaced by former Bristol Rovers striker Matty Taylor.
The Robins will now face a side who they have beaten just six times since 1990 and will take on the Birmingham-based outfit for the first time in the league since 2010, although, they did endure an FA Cup exit at the hands of West Brom back in January 2016.
West Brom haven’t lost at The Hawthorns to Bristol City since 1993, where they suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat in a first division encounter.
Darren Moore’s side sit three points behind City in the table and head into Tuesday’s game off the back of a disappointing 1-1 draw with rivals Birmingham City in Friday evening.
City’s Andreas Weimann failed to find the back of the net in Saturday’s game for just the second time in the league this season but is still sitting in the second spot regarding the top scorer while West Brom’s Jay Rodriguez and Matty Phillips sit just behind the Austrian with four goals to their name.
The Robins’ switched to three at the back for Saturday’s game with Sheffield United and looked very nervy when having to defend. England under 20s stars Jay Dasvila and Lloyd Kelly both performed sensationally on Saturday and either would be extremely disappointed if they were to be dropped.
Tuesday’s match will be available to view live on the Sky Sports red button and is set to be a great viewing. A top of the table clash that could go either way!
Prediction: West Brom 1-2 Bristol City
Predicted Line-up: Maenpaa, Webster, Kalas, Kelly, Hunt, Pack, Brownhill, Watkins, Dasilva, Weimann, Taylor