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Match Preview: Bristol City v Reading

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Reading travel to lowly Bristol City looking to get back to winning ways following their 1-0 defeat to Derby County on Tuesday night, while the Robins go in search of their first home win of the season this afternoon at Ashton Gate. 

Steve Cotterill's Bristol City go in search of a first home win of the season against Reading this afternoon (3pm kick-off)

Steve Cotterill’s Bristol City go in search of a first home win of the season against Reading this afternoon (3pm kick-off)

Bristol City boss Steve Cotterill will assess the fitness of on-loan centre-back Nathan Baker after he was forced off with an injury in his side’s midweek draw against Preston. The man who replaced him at Deepdale, Derrick Williams, is expected to take his place should he not recover in time.

Also, 20-year-old Wes Burns has recovered from a thigh injury and is pushing for a place on the bench. Ben Hamer dropped to the bench on Tuesday after Frank Fielding returned from a shoulder injury, with Fielding expected to retain his place this afternoon.

The Robins have had a tough start to the season, picking up just five points so far this season.

They have won one, drawn two and lost four so far this season, conceding 15 goals in just seven games – only Rotherham United have conceded more. One stat that will not fill City fans with confidence is that they have conceded ten goals in their last four home games, yet a first home win of the season could see them climb out of the relegation zone.

Reading on the other hand sit 11th in the league after collecting nine points from seven games.

After recording three draws and a loss in their opening four games, the Royals won back-to-back games against Brentford and Ipswich Town. However, they lost to Derby in midweek, ending a seven game unbeaten run and taking away some of the Royals’ momentum.

There is mixed news for Steve Clarke on the selection front as Orlando Sa starts a three-match suspension after receiving a red card in midweek, but Anton Ferdinand is available again after recovering from injury. Paolo Hurtado is in contention to play, while Chelsea loanee Michael Hector is expected to retain his place.

Bristol City and Reading fans…what are your predictions for the match? Can the Robins lift themselves out of the bottom three? Or can the Royals get back to winning ways? Let us know your thoughts and opinion in the comments below!


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