A few weeks ago, the visit of Nottingham Forest would’ve seemed an ideal opportunity for Bristol City to end their long winless run at home but the Reds have looked reborn under new boss Steve Cooper.
Forest arrive at Ashton Gate this evening having taken 10 points from a possible 12 under the Welshman and after producing some glorious moments going forward in their 2-1 win against Blackpool on the weekend.
The Robins, meanwhile, were never really in the game against Bournemouth and the 2-0 scoreline isn’t quite reflective of how one-sided the affair was for the most part.
It’s now 16 games since City last won a home game and they’ve never done so under Nigel Pearson.
Ending that rotten rough looks a tough task against a Forest side high in confidence but this is the XI we feel that Pearson is likely to name as he looks to do so…
City skipper Dan Bentley looks likely to reprise his role between the sticks but we could see a number of changes to the back four.
Rob Atkinson was absent due to illness on Saturday and his quality in possession was greatly missed, so assuming he’s recovered we should see him back in place of Nathan Baker.
George Tanner remains the first choice at right-back but Jay Dasilva, who impressed in a cameo against Bournemouth, may get the nod ahead at left-back with Cam Pring pushed forward.
Callum O’Dowda was hooked at halftime against the Cherries and may well have been the target of some disapproving words from Pearson after the game, so it won’t be a surprise if he doesn’t make the XI.
The injury to Joe Williams is likely to mean that Matty James and Andy King are together again in central midfield with Han-Noah Massengo returning to the side on the right of a four.
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With Antoine Semenyo still missing due to injury and Nahki Wells bagging just one in seven games this term, you’d imagine Pearson will stick with his first-choice forward pairing of Andi Weimann and Chris Martin.
A few changes are expected, then, from Saturday’s game and one thing is certain, they’ll need a significant improvement in performance to end their winless run at home.