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Bristol City v Barnsley: At this stage of the summer, who looks most likely to edge it?

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Bristol City welcome Barnsley to Ashton Gate on the opening weekend of the 2017/18 Championship campaign, and Lee Johnson’s men will do so without the prolific forward Tammy Abraham leading the line.

The striker returned to parent club Chelsea this summer, and will spend the new year in the Premier League on a season long loan deal with Swansea City.

Johnson has moved to replace the 23-goal forward, and has smashed the club’s transfer record to bring Senegalese striker Famara Diedhiou in from French side Angers.

Unknown quantity Eros Pisano has also joined from Verona, and other faces are expected in the coming weeks.

Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom has responded to the departure of star players Marley Watkins and Marc Roberts with haste, bringing no less than six new faces to Oakwell in recent weeks.

Notable signings include defender Liam Lindsay from Scottish side Partick, as well as midfielders Cameron McGeehan and Lloyd Isgrove.

Like his counterpart Johnson, Heckingbottom will continue to improve his side in the build up to the opening weekend, and the clash at Ashton Gate could be an interesting one.

Barnsley have added depth to their squad which could prove key to success, but Bristol City have spent big on a striker who remains largely unknown on these shores.

If Diedhiou has the same opening impact the likes of Abraham and Jonathan Kodjia had upon their arrival at Ashton Gate, the Robins could be favourites to edge the game.

The loss of Roberts and Watkins will hurt Barnsley, and I think Bristol City would just edge the game with Diedhiou leading the line.


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Article title: Bristol City v Barnsley: At this stage of the summer, who looks most likely to edge it?

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