Bristol City will once again be on the road as they head to Ipswich, hoping to bounce back from Saturday’s disappointing result at Elland Road.
Lee Johnson’s team will head into Wednesday’s game without a win in five Championship matches, including a 2-0 loss against Leeds United on Saturday with Johnson stating his opponent’s to be ‘lucky’.
Due to Josh Brownhill’s suspension and Korey Smith being sidelined following an injury, City’s midfield will lack numbers; potentially handing a start to Liam Walsh.
Matty Taylor will also be ruled out of Wednesday’s game following a recent knock; meaning the out of form Famara Diedhiou will almost definitely get the nod up front for City.
When asked about the defence during his press conference ahead of Wednesday’s game, Johnson said: “Certainly in that back four we’ve got some knocks and niggles. Bailey Wright edging back closer and Eros Pisano with three or four good weeks training and a couple of games under his belt, you’ve got the likes of Nathan Baker chomping at the bit and Jay Dasilva. I do feel that the back four line is strong.”
Johnson will be delighted to hear that City’s recent record against the Suffolk-based side has been fairly good with the Robins having beaten the Tractor Boys in six of the last seven meetings, including two wins last season.
Former City players Cole Skuse and Jordan Spence are both likely to be amongst the starting 11 for Paul Lambert’s side, with Skuse undergoing a nine-year spell at Ashton Gate that saw him make nearly 300 appearances for his boyhood club. Another former City player in Dean Gerken could also be involved after starting on the bench in Ipswich’s 2-1 defeat at home to West Bromwich Albion.
Ipswich currently sit rock bottom of the Championship table but still have some notable talents including former West Ham United winger Freddie Sears, Chelsea loanee Trevoh Chalobah and Gwion Edwards – who his currently their top scorer with four goals.
The pressure is drawing in on both teams with Ipswich being five points adrift at the bottom of the table and Bristol City without a win for over a month, and it will be an exciting game with hopefully a lot of goals on Wednesday evening at Portman Road.
Maenpaa; Hunt, Webster, Baker, Kelly; Eliasson, Pack, Walsh, O’Dowda; Weimann, Diedhiou
Bristol City 3-1 Ipswich
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