Bristol City will be aiming to climb into one of the Championship’s automatic promotion spots when they make the journey to face Barnsley this evening.
Lee Johnson’s side have only lost two of their 14 league matches this term, but they were held to a 2-2 draw against during their last outing, with Pedro Pereira scoring a late equaliser for the Ashton Gate outfit.
This was the sixth game the Robins have drawn this campaign, and Johnson will hoping his side can start converting these results into victories in the coming weeks, and he will hope this starts at Oakwell at this evening.
The Bristol City boss has a number of selection decisions to make ahead of the trip up north, with his side currently having to contend with a number of absentees due to both injury and suspension.
Here are two changes he should be considering ahead of the Barnsley match…
Whether Han-Noah Massengo should re-enter the starting line-up
Massengo has been one of the surprise stars of the season for the Robins as he quickly established himself as a regular in midfield following his switch from Monaco over the summer.
However, the amount of playing time he has received means he has started looking tired of late, and this led to Johnson leaving him out of the side to face Wigan last weekend.
The 18-year-old was then introduced from the bench in the second half, and he made a difference as he helped inspire his side to snatch a point from the match, but Johnson must now decide whether the midfielder is ready to re-enter the side after a mini break.
He could be a good option for Johnson at Oakwell given that his excellent ball retention skills could prove beneficial during a difficult away test, while it may also be considered less of a risk than deploying the more attacking Kasey Palmer in midfield.
Should Massengo start for Bristol City this evening?
Does there need to be a fresh look to Bristol City’s attacking line?
Spanish striker Rodri made his first start for the Robins during the Wigan match, but he did not exactly deliver an effective performance during his full league debut, and this saw him substituted in the 58th minute.
Johnson must decide whether or not to give the forward his second start since joining the club on a short-term deal last month. The only way to get Rodri up to speed is to keep giving him regular minutes, but the City boss must be careful this does not jeopardise his side’s performance in the process.
Antoine Semenyo will also be pushing for a starting place given that Famara Diedhiou is suspended for the clash, and Johnson now needs to choose whether he starts with Semenyo or Rodri at Oakwell.