Predicted Bristol City Lineup To Face Norwich City In EFL Championship
Impressive Bristol City will be raring to go this weekend against Norwich City given that they must feel a slight sense of injustice as a group of players. They go into this one at Ashton gate having lost four games in a row, including a 5-0 and a 3-0 trouncing. However, a closer look at that form reads not nearly as bad as the scorelines.
The 5-0 at Villa is the low point, but their 3-0 defeat was at Premier League side Watford in the FA Cup while they lost narrowly to runaway league leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers and again 2-1 at all-conquering Manchester City in the League Cup semi-final the other night.
They are better than four losses in a row and will look to put that right against a decent Norwich City, though it won’t be easy.
Bristol City’s preferred XI is pretty well settled and so I expect no changes from the Etihad match-up, though Lee Johnson may wish to make changes during the game to replace what are bound to be tired legs at some stage. A 4-4-1-1 is once again the way he’ll go:
Probable Bristol XI
GK – Frank Fielding
A Premier League ‘keeper in waiting (eventually) who can start again.
RB – Bailey Wright
A solid defensive showing is needed this time from Wright who should once again start at right-back.
CB – Aden Flint
Games like this could come down to one quality set piece, so if the deliveries are good then Flint is a massive danger going forward.
CB – Nathan Baker
A very reliable and improving sort, Baker should start again alongside Flint.
LB – Hordur Magnusson
Norwich are no mugs and so Magnusson will need help from Bryan. However, he’s pretty solid and should cope.
RW – Josh Brownhill
With Reid needing a supply line, a good old fashioned wing display this week could be a massive part of this contest with Brownhill’s final ball being an essential element.
CM – Marlon Pack
If feet remain on the ground, Bristol City could have a terrific second half of the season, with Pack being a major part of that.
CM – Korey Smith
Was solid against Man City, playing alongside Pack, and can’t let his standards slip for this one, which is always a danger.
LW – Joe Bryan
Arguably the standout player and one capable of creating and scoring truly excellent goals. Something out of nothing would be a huge bonus in this clash.
SS – Jamie Paterson
Excellent in support of Reid this term, more goals are required.
ST – Bobby Reid
Scored at the Etihad and is having a fine season overall. Another goal from him here would feel massive and would keep City’s promotion push going.