STAR PREVIEW: Bristol City v WBA
[dropcap]B[/dropcap]ristol City will be buoyed by their shock 1-0 win over Championship leaders Middlesbrough at Ashton Gate on Saturday and on home territory again tonight can put their present league woes behind them against Premier League opposition in the shape of West Brom in their FA Cup replay.
Bristol City are currently third from bottom in the Championship and are without a manager since Steve Cotterill departed after this same game finished 2-2 at the Hawthorns. John Pemberton has taken over in a caretaker role. Frustratingly for City they were in the lead until James Morrison equalised for West Brom in the 90th minute. Morrison misses the match tonight as he has a hamstring injury which could keep him out for eight weeks.
West Brom are currently 13th in the Premier League but come into this on the back of a 3-0 thumping at the hands of Southampton on Saturday having previously earned a 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge having twice come from behind.
West Brom’s assistant manager David Kemp is expecting another stern test from their lower league rivals. He said: “Like any team on their day they can be very good. They obviously haven’t been very good enough times this season but on their day they can raise their game. With someone else making the calls, I think it will change their approach, tactics and personal for the game and they obviously had the feel good factor for the victory against Middlesbrough on Saturday.”
Bristol City v West Brom
FA Cup 3rd Round Replay
19:45 BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 2 HD
HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches)
Jan 2016 FA CUP West Brom 2-2 Bristol C
Feb 2010 CHAMPIONSHIP Bristol C 2-1 West Brom
Nov 2009 CHAMPIONSHIP West Brom 4-1 Bristol C
Dec 2007 CHAMPIONSHIP West Brom 4-1 Bristol C
Sep 2007 CHAMPIONSHIP Bristol C 1-1 West Brom
Feb 1999 DIV 1 West Brom 2-2 Bristol C
Sep 1988 DIV 1 Bristol C 1-3 West Brom
Apr 1995 DIV 1 Bristol C 1-0 West Brom
Dec 1994 DIV 1 West Brom 1-0 Bristol C
Apr 1994 DIV 1 Bristol C 0-0 West Brom
This might need more than 180 minutes to resolve and I’m taking the 23/10 with Star Sports that the second instalment finishes all-square after another 90 minutes.
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