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Bristol City vs. Sheff United

Ashton Gate

27-Nov-2010

15:00

Blades Next For City

Important game for the Robins, win this and they will leapfrog Sheffield United who currently sit in 18th place in the table.

United have been doing quite well of late, they have drawn with Leicester, beat Millwall 1-0 and last time out they beat Crystal Palace 3-2.

It should be a good game if City are in the mood for a good scrap.

Vital Quotes:

Keith Millen: "It is nice to get out of the relegation zone. More importantly, beating Leicester has given us the chance to attain that Holy Grail of back-to-back wins.

"If we can do that, we will bring a lot of teams back to us. It is all about targets. We have hauled ourselves off the bottom of the table and then we got out of the bottom three. Now we have set our sights on catching the next group of teams above us."

Bristol City Team News:

Bristol City will continue to monitor leading scorer Jon Stead ahead of the visit of the striker`s former club Sheffield United.

Stead has been nursing an ankle problem for a couple of weeks but has started the games against Leeds and Leicester since sustaining the injury.

'We will assess him again on Friday, like we have done the last few weeks,'' said boss Keith Millen. 'But we have got Brett Pitman and Davis Clarkson, who were both on the scoresheet last weekend and who are showing good confidence and form.''

Captain Louis Carey will remain sidelined with the shin and ankle injuries he sustained in the defeat at Leeds a fortnight ago. The defender could come back into the reckoning for next weekend`s trip to Nottingham Forest.

Player to watch: Jonathan Stead

If fit, he'll be looking to impress against his old side.

Sheff United Team News:

Sheffield United will be without suspended striker Daniel Bogdanovic.

The Malta international was sent off for his challenge on Nathaniel Clyne late in last week's win over Crystal Palace and starts a three-game ban.

Gary Speed is still without fellow striker Jamie Ward due to an ankle injury and could be forced to add young Jordan Slew to his squad, with Ched Evans and Richard Cresswell starting again up front.

Otherwise, Speed has no new injury or suspension concerns as his side chase a third successive league win in their bid to climb away from relegation trouble.

Nyron Nosworthy will continue alongside Kyle Bartley in central defence in the absence of Chris Morgan, who is ruled out for the rest of the season following knee surgery.

Player to watch: Richard Cresswell

A great striker to have at Championship level. he proved it with Stoke in their promotion season and is now doing it again with the Blades.

Match Facts & Stats

City are averaging a point per home game, having taken nine points from nine outings at Ashton Gate.

Keith Millen has overseen five wins, five draws and seven defeats in his 17 league games since taking over as Robins boss.

United have conceded the opening goal in 11 of their Championship games this season - more than any other team.

They have had six wins, four draws and seven defeats since Gary Speed took over as Blades boss.

Defender Stephen Jordan is set to make his 150th league appearance.

Match Prediction:

2-0 win for City

Next Fixtures:

4/12 A: Nottingham Forest
11/12 H: Derby County
18/12 A: Hull City
26/12 A: Reading


The Journalist

Writer: Andy999 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday November 27 2010

Time: 1:34PM

 

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