Bristol City had all the chances to walk away with something away from home against Leeds last Sunday evening, especially as the side took the double lead early in the match, but eventually stood with just a point in a 2:2 draw and can’t be nowhere close to satisfied after such a development.
They had a great entrance into the game, took the lead via Diedhiou in eleventh minute and doubled it up just five minutes thanks to a goal from Reid, however they opted for much more defensive approach in the second halftime and paid the price of it. Leeds stepped up with better performance and could be said deservedly were awarded for their efforts, getting a point with goals from Lasogga and Roofe in last twenty minutes of the game.
This is now third game in a row without a victory for Bristol City, as the side suffered defeat to Bolton and then took just a point in a 3:3 home game against Sunderland before this match, as they now stands at sixth position with just three points more than out of play-off zone placed Preston.
Bristol should be lined up in a 4-4-1-1 formation with Diedhiou as central striker, plus Reid as central offensive midfielder. Central defender Jens Hegeler (3/0) is injured, as well as offensive players Matty Taylor (15/0), Milan Djuric (8/1) and Callum O’Dowda (18/1). Midfielder Gary O’Neil (2/0) and right back Eros Pisano (7/0) are both unfit for the clash. Defender Nathan Baker should be back in the team after serving his last game suspension in a game against Leeds.
Fulham, on the other side, did a great job last Saturday afternoon to defeat their direct rival in a promotional battle as they took a 2:0 victory over Aston Villa at home. They were simply far more superior and concrete on the field, with the visitors probably opting for more defensive approach than what they should.
Hosts had much more of the ball possession in the first halftime, but could only convert their chances into goals in the second halftime when they took the lead via Sessegnon in 52nd and Ayite in 71st minute – in overall much more open halftime than the first one, but with the hosts again being better and deserving their victory.
This way Fulham continued their undefeated streak to ten matches in Championship, having eight victories and just two draws, as they now stand at fifth position with six points less than second and direct promotional placed Cardiff, making this game very important for them too.
Guests are set to play in a 4-3-3 formation with Ayite, Mitrovic and Sessegnon most likely as their forwards. Offensive midfielder Sheyi Oyo (16/4) probably won’t feature here being doubtful for now, while coach Slavisa Jokanovic has no many reasons to change anything after their victory over the Villans.
~ Fulham is undefeated in last five matches away from home in Championship.
Fulham is in a good run now and surely are at least a bit closer to get the victory here. However, Bristol City is looking more than fine in offensive part of the game in recent matches and can easily make hell of a task for the side from London. Visitors are also far away from a completely reliable at the back, but with huge potential in attack. Something that makes over 2.5 goals and both teams to score very attractive.