Bristol City did what was needed to get the victory away to QPR last weekend with a narrow 1:0 result. However, it must be said that the guests were quite passive for most of the game and didn’t try to present themselves as a more authoritative opponent.
They didn’t also have the need to do it. The goal came early, back in the 16th minute thanks to Diedhiou. It was the hosts who tried and controlled the ball more, but the guests continued threatening via counters.
A similar situation was seen in the second halftime, as the side simply remained in a bit more passive role since they were satisfied with the lead. Overall, it was definitely them who looked more dangerous via counters than the sterile ball possession that the team from London had.
Bristol now has four consecutive victories in Championship, without conceding a single goal in these four. They are currently in the sixth position with just five points less than second-placed Leeds – surely aiming to continue their good form now.
Offensive midfielder Afobe (5/3), forward Watkins (6/1) and central back Kalas (12/0) are injured for the home side.
Birmingham did well to get all three points against Nottingham Forest at home last Saturday afternoon. A goal from Hogan and Pedersen was enough in each halftime, while they were actually the ones to concede first – via Silva in the 18th minute.
The guests had a great chance to take the double victory but missed the penalty kick a minute prior to conceding the first goal when it looked like their game plan is falling apart.
The guests had more of the ball possession in the second, but in a quite messy and uncreative way with their hosts benefiting from it.
Birmingham is now undefeated in the last four rounds, being at the seventeenth position far from the playoff zone, but also eight points above the relegating placed Wigan which gives them a satisfying and relaxing situation for the moment.
Birmingham was busy during the midweek too, winning after extra-time played and penalties at home against Coventry after a 1:1 game during the ninety minutes and a goal scored from each team during the extra-time too.
Coventry appeared very concrete and had the lead twice, including Birmingham leveling up in the second minute of added time and in the 120th minute to progress luckily later on.
The guests continue to miss midfielders Crowley (24/0) and Mrabti (14/2) due to injuries.
After mission completed successfully with their matches away from home, players of Bristol City are definitely coming into this one to get another three-pointer. Without any doubt, they’ve got the desired momentum as well as defensive stability to get this one.
Birmingham is a fine side, but away from home, they don’t remind of a really aggressive and reliable opponent.