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Preview: Bristol City vs. Fulham - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Championship clash between Bristol City and Fulham, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Fulham head into Saturday's fixture with Bristol City at Ashton Gate looking to bounce back from two defeats in their last three Championship fixtures.

Despite sitting seven places adrift of the visitors, Bristol City can move to within a point of their opponents if they end their winless home streak.


Match preview

Fulham manager Marco Silva applauds fans after the match on September 11, 2021© Reuters

Having reached the international break with five successive wins in all competitions, Marco Silva would have had total confidence that Fulham would pick up where they left off during September.

However, surprise league defeats against Blackpool and Reading have resulted in the Cottagers dropping down to second position, two points adrift of unbeaten Bournemouth.

Silva will be relatively content with where Fulham sit in the standings at this stage of the season, but the Portuguese is under increasing pressure to get the team back on track.

Some of his second-string made a case for more opportunities in the Championship during their goalless draw with Leeds United in the EFL Cup on Tuesday.

Nevertheless, Rodrigo Muniz missed the decisive penalty in the subsequent shootout, and Silva may have a job to lift the high-profile summer signing.

Nigel Pearson in charge of Bristol City in March 2021© Reuters

There was a time earlier in the season when there were question marks over whether Nigel Pearson was the right fit for this Bristol City squad.

Pearson will feel that he has delivered a definitive answer in recent weeks with the Robins collecting eight points from a possible 12.

The wait for a win at Ashton Gate has been extended to 14 matches, but away victories at Cardiff City and Queens Park Rangers have catapulted Bristol City up the table.

Chris Martin ended a four-game streak without a goal at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium before Nakhi Wells netted his first league strike of the campaign against his former club.

Bristol City Championship form:
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • D
  • D
  • W

Fulham Championship form:
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • L

Fulham form (all competitions):
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • D



Team News

Fulham's Aleksandar Mitrovic reacts on September 11, 2021© Reuters

Pearson will almost certainly stick with the 3-5-2 formation which proved to be effective against QPR last weekend.

George Tanner will keep his place at right wing-back after starring on his debut, while Cameron Pring could feature in a back three if Nathan Baker fails to recover from an ankle injury.

Silva made sweeping changes to his Fulham side for the Leeds game, and the players who missed out could all return to the starting lineup.

Muniz will likely start among the replacements, allowing for Aleksandar Mitrovic to lead the line, but Harrison Reed is pushing for a recall in midfield.

Neeskens Kebano is also in contention for another opportunity in the league after a lively outing against the Premier League side.

Bristol City possible starting lineup:
Bentley; Kalas, Atkinson, Pring; Tanner, James, Bakinson, Dasilva; Massengo; Martin, Weimann

Fulham possible starting lineup:
Gazzaniga; Odoi, Adarabioyo, Ream, Robinson; Seri, Chalobah; Wilson, Decordova-Reid, Kebano; Mitrovic


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We say: Bristol City 1-2 Fulham

This has all the makings of a competitive fixture, particularly with Fulham having lost momentum. Nevertheless, playing away from home may suit the Cottagers, who we are backing to edge this contest in the closing stages.



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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Bournemouth139402181331
2Fulham1382329141526
3West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom1374222111125
4Coventry CityCoventry137241916323
5Queens Park RangersQPR136342420421
6Huddersfield TownHuddersfield136341814421
7Stoke CityStoke136341614221
8Reading136162022-219
9Luton TownLuton134632218418
10Middlesbrough135351513218
11Millwall134631314-118
12Blackpool135351518-318
13Blackburn RoversBlackburn134542117417
14Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest135261816217
15Swansea CitySwansea134541415-117
16Bristol City134451517-216
17Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd134361719-215
18Preston North EndPreston133641416-215
19Birmingham CityBirmingham133461016-613
20Peterborough UnitedPeterborough133281426-1211
21Cardiff CityCardiff133281224-1211
22Hull City13238919-109
23Barnsley13157717-108
24Derby CountyDerby13373910-14

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