Bristol City could temporarily climb to second in the Championship table if they secure a victory during their trip to face Barnsley this evening.
Lee Johnson’s side are currently sitting sixth in the standings following their 2-2 draw with Wigan last time out, but they could climb level on points with league leaders West Brom if they come out on top at Oakwell.
The clash sees Robins boss Johnson travel to face his former club, but he will not be present in the Oakwell dug-out as he serves a one-match touchline ban following an incident during his side’s last away outing against Luton.
This match ended in an emphatic 3-0 defeat for the south-west club, but it marks their only defeat in their last 13 league matches, with Johnson’s men having made a solid start to the Championship season.
However, they were somewhat underwhelming during the Wigan clash last weekend as they snatched a point courtesy of Pedro Pereira’s late goal, and Johnson will now have some selection calls to make ahead of the Barnsley match.
Here is the starting line-up the City boss could name against the Tykes…
Should Massengo start for Bristol City this evening?
Daniel Bentley has been a regular between the sticks for the Robins this term, and he should start in front of what is likely to remain as a three-man defence with Johnson deploying a trio of centre-backs.
It would be a surprise to see anything different from the combination which started against Wigan with Nathan Baker, Ashley Williams and Taylor Moore all likely to start. Moore suffered an injury during the Wigan clash, but he is expected to recover in time for the Barnsley clash.
Tommy Rowe and Pedro Pereira will then be the favourites to start in the wing-back roles if Johnson opts for this formation, with the latter set to start ahead of Jack Hunt who is still recovering from an injury.
The City boss faces a selection dilemma in midfield after resting Han-Noah Massengo against Wigan, but the 18-year-old should return to the side after being introduced from the bench during the second half of this match.
He should start in the midfield three alongside Josh Brownhill and Callum O’Dowda, with these players capable of adding the correct balance between defence and attack to the Robins’ midfield. Kasey Palmer will also be pushing for a starting place, but he may need to settle for a place on the bench.
Johnson tends to opt for two strikers in attack and it should be no different for the Barnsley match, with Rodri likely to start alongside Andreas Weimann. Antoine Semenyo will also be pushing for a start with Famara Diedhiou suspended, but Rodri should get the nod as Johnson looks to equip him with more game time.