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EFL: Bristol vs SCFC



Bristol City entered the encounter with Stoke City knowing that they really required a third straight win to return to the playoff picture. Meanwhile, Stoke making a trip to Ashton Gate realized that a draw could be enough to bring them closer to avoiding relegation to League One.

Bristol City still has no former Potters defender Ashley Williams, who continues to serve the suspension and Korey Smith and Han-Noah Massengo are competing for a position in the center of midfield. Bristol City has just won for the second time in a row after Robins won for the first time since the beginning of February against Hull C ity at home in round 41. The change in leadership has had the desired effect for the temporary coach at the time Dean Holden oversaw victories over Hull City and Middlesbrough. That double success earned Bristol just two points behind Cardiff City in sixth place, although being still 11th means that they still have to overcome many teams around them throughout the race. However, with their two direct rivals - Swansea City and the upcoming Preston North End. 

After a 5-0 defeat at the hands of Leeds United last week, Michael O'Neill will naturally have concerns about the spiritual impact of the capital club on the top teams in the tournament. However, only 3 matches, having an advantage of up to 4 points with the red light group is enough in the battle to avoid relegation, but O'Neill will insist that they can not be complacent. The 23rd failure of the season will negatively impact their goal difference, which is currently marginally better than the teams around them in the rankings. They also face Brentford and Nottingham Forest are in the first group after this game so there are still many worries. Adam Davies will once again replace the injured stopper, Jack Butland. They are lagging behind in the match against Bristol in 4 defeats after 6 matches faced, they are also weak in the away field as the last 7 rounds have not won.   



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