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O’Dowda starts: The predicted Bristol City XI to face Barnsley on Saturday

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Bristol City welcome Barnsley to Ashton Gate on Saturday knowing that they may never get a better opportunity to end their 17-game winless run at home. 

Nigel Pearson has never won in Bs3 during his City tenure while it has been more than 600 days since fans last witnessed a home win in south Bristol.

The Robins may have lost their last three Championship games but they were facing tough opposition and they now welcome a Barnsley side looking pretty bereft of confidence.

Pressure is building on Markus Schopp as his Tykes haven’t won since the 14th of August and have lost their last six in a row.

With that in mind, we’ve outlined the side we think Pearson will name as he looks to end the Ashton Gate hoodoo.

It would be a shock to see anyone but captain Dan Bentley between the sticks for the Robins, while with Nathan Baker still sidelined with a head injury Rob Atkinson and Tomas Kalas should reprise their roles at centre-back.

Neither Jay Dasilva and George Tanner were at their best against the Baggies a week ago but things should be more enjoyable against Barnsley tomorrow.

With both Andy King and Joe Williams out injured, Matty James and Han-Noah Massengo are set to start in central midfield – a pair that is arguably the strongest in the City squad.

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Pearson is not blessed for choice on the flanks with Antoine Semenyo not yet back fit but Callum O’Dowda may be preferred to Cam Pring on the left in an offensive move with 18-year-old Alex Scott on the right.

Andi Weimann dropping into midfield allowed Nakhi Wells a start last weekend but with the Robins likely to shift back to a back-four, we should see the Austrian up top alongside Chris Martin.


London-based sports journalist at Snack Media EFL accredited, graduate of New Associates and the University of Brighton

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