Vital Football

Latest Bristol City News

Bristol City v Ipswich Town

Bristol City v Ipswich Town

The last two weeks have seen the World Cup draw, another banking news story and more importantly a blip in form for Bristol City.

I wasn't expecting to maintain a perfect home record all season and I'm not that bothered by the defeat. I still believe that sitting mid-table just over a third of the way through the season is a good place to be. At this rate, we could finish on over 70 points. To put this into perspective, the season we got into the playoffs we scored 74 points and last season we scored 61. Both seasons, we lost three times at home.

We lost against Sheffield United and our next opponents, Ipswich, beat Cardiff at home; a feat we were a million miles away from achieving. I feel this is a perfect time to play as we will [hopefully] be unhappy with our last performance and eager to correct it. Ipswich on the other hand, celebrated a rare victory, and although they may come to Ashton Gate full of confidence, I hope this may be their undoing. I am still not convinced by Roy Keane, and I don't think many Ipswich fans are either.

A few stats for your lunchtime: City haven't suffered three straight defeats in our recent Championship years, Ipswich have yet to keep a clean sheet away from home but they are unbeaten in seven games.

Importantly, Ipswich keeper Richard Wright has suffered a long term injury and the club were not given permission to sign another keeper on loan. This is potentially good news, but Sheffield United fielded a loanee (Carl Ikeme) against us the other week and we all know what happened there.

Danny Haynes is our key player today. Hungry fore more goals and eager to beat his former club, I tip Haynes to score or at least perform well. Interestingly, Maynard has the most shots on goal in the league and despite our lack of width, this is very encouraging. I truly believe he is one of the best strikers in the division.

No doubt many City fans would have noticed Stern John appearing on loan for the Tractor Boys and Keane says he looks set to play a part. I predict now that he will do absolutely nothing. Jon Stead is another matter, and made a good appearance as a scoring substitute against Cardiff and I fancy him as their main threat. Keane said on the match:

'They bought well in the summer with players like Paul Hartley and have a very good home record...They have got plenty of pace going forward, we know all about Danny [Haynes] and they will fancy their chances of doing well this season'.

Johnson has he is eagerly anticipating this game in an effort to start a run of good form and improve upon a defeat:

I'm looking forward to this week because I want to see if we can alleviate the mistakes and take our chances at the other end'.

Orr and McAllister should both be fit for the squad, but Orr is unlikely to start, with Skuse deputising still at right back.

I predict a good game, with a home win.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Bluntlogic
Date:Saturday December 5 2009
Time: 11:08AM

Best of Vital Network

Login to post a comment

Recent Bristol City Articles

City Miss Out On Wright

Bristol City have missed the chance of getting Tommy Wright to come to the club as a coach after he made a deal elsewhere.

City Alerted About Matthews Availability.

It has emerged that Premiership club Sunderland are willing to listen to decent offers for City target Adam Matthews.

Are Players Set For A Football Exit?

With the country narrowly voting to leave the European Union in Thursday's Referendum, there are certainly plenty of real questions that have to be addressed in terms...

City Make Trip To Wycombe In First Round of EFL Cup

The draw was made for the EFL Cup this afternoon and Bristol City will play Wycombe Wanderers away from home.

Archived Vital Bristol City Articles

Vital Bristol City articles from

Site Journalists

Andy999
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Big Finish?
Suggested By:
Queens Park Rangers win47%
Draw13%
Bristol City win40%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Burnley 46 26 15 5 93 37
P Middlesbrough 46 26 11 9 89 32
3 Brighton 46 24 17 5 89 30
4 Hull City 46 24 11 11 83 34
5 Derby County 46 21 15 10 78 23
6 Sheff Wed 46 19 17 10 74 21
7 Ipswich 46 18 15 13 69 2
8 Cardiff 46 17 17 12 68 5
9 Brentford 46 19 8 19 65 5
10 Birmingham 46 16 15 15 63 4
11 Preston 46 15 17 14 62 0
12 Q.P.R. 46 14 18 14 60 0
13 Leeds Utd 46 14 17 15 59 -8
14 Wolves 46 14 16 16 58 -5
15 Blackburn 46 13 16 17 55 0
16 Forest 46 13 16 17 55 -4
17 Reading 46 13 13 20 52 -7
18 Bristol City 46 13 13 20 52 -17
19 Huddersfield 46 13 12 21 51 -11
20 Fulham 46 12 15 19 51 -13
21 Rotherham 46 13 10 23 49 -18
R Charlton 46 9 13 24 40 -40
R MK Dons 46 9 12 25 39 -30
R Bolton 46 5 15 26 30 -40
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Bristol City Results (view all)

Bristol City Fixtures (view all)