On Sunday, Bristol City make the short trip over the border into Wales where they will take on old rivals Cardiff City in the Severnside derby.
The Robins have had a strong start to the league season so far having lost just two games in 15 and currently sit in fifth place as they dream of a campaign that will see them reach the Premier League for the first time.
Cardiff, meanwhile, haven’t had the best start since Premier League relegation last season. The Bluebirds are currently 14th in the Championship table with 21 points from 15 games, but they are just four points off of Bristol City.
Here, we take a look at two ways that Bristol City can hurt Cardiff City on Sunday…
Use pace going forward
Cardiff don’t have a particularly quick midfield or back-line and if the likes of Han-Noah Massengo, Josh Brownhill, Kasey Palmer, Callum O’Dowda and Andreas Weimann all have a chance to put their burners on against a Bluebirds player in a footrace, Bristol City will likely come out on top.
Cardiff are susceptible to the counter attack when the opposition’s quicker players get a chance to run at the defenders, and the Bluebirds also struggle to defend when gaps are left by the midfielders for the deeper strikers to get on the ball like what Palmer is likely to do if he starts on Sunday.
Warnock’s men will need to be careful with what they do against Bristol City as gaps left on the wing or in the No.10 role in the final third could have a damaging effect against them.
What will the outcome be between Cardiff City and Bristol City on Sunday?
Cardiff City win
Bristol City win
City need to stick with their brand of football
Lee Johnson needs to stick with his brand of football against Cardiff as the Bluebirds aren’t the best at defending quick, intricate play between the opposition players.
The likes of Palmer and O’Dowda are good when it comes to injecting a bit of tempo and urgency into a side, while Brownhill can play the same role from a deeper position on the pitch as his long-range passing and vision can take other defenders out of the game with one pass into a good area.
The Robins like to pass the ball around and get their attacking players into spaces on the pitch where they can have a devastating impact by attacking the opposition’s goal frequently, and if City bring their A-game then Cardiff will need to defend for their lives against the Championship high-flyers.