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O’Dowda starts: The predicted Bristol City XI to face QPR tonight



Bristol City will be looking to get back to winning ways on Thursday night, when they host QPR at Ashton Gate.

The Robins saw their Boxing Day clash with Luton postponed due to Covid cases in the Hatters’ camp, and had won just twice in their eight league outings prior to that.

QPR meanwhile, will be looking to climb back into the Championship play-off places, after their defeat to automatic promotion hopefuls Bournemouth on Monday.

So just what sort of starting lineup could manager Nigel Pearson name, to give the hosts the best possible chance of claiming all three points from this one?

Here, we’ve taken a look at the starting lineup we expect Bristol City to name for this evening’s clash with QPR.

There should be no doubt that Daniel Bentley continues in goal for the Robins, with the 28-year-old well established as first choice between the posts at Ashton Gate.

Nathan Baker remains out with a head injury, meaning Zak Vyner, Tomas Kalas and Rob Atkinson could once again make up the back three.

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Speaking ahead of the postponement of the Luton game, Pearson had confirmed that Callum O’Dowda is now once again in contention for selection after injury, so the Irishman could make his return on the left, which would provide an added threat given his experience.

In the centre of the park, Han Noah Massengo and Matty James should keep their places despite Andy King now being available again, with Joe Williams still absent as he continues his recovery from his long-running injury issues.

Alex Scott meanwhile, continues to enjoy a run in the starting lineup, and it is hard to see that ending given the quality of his performances recently.

Having netted both of Bristol City’s goals in their 3-2 defeat to Huddersfield last time out, top scorer Andreas Weimann could be the man the Robins once again look to in the final third this evening.

In attack, with Pearson admitting that chances have been limited for Nakhi Wells this season, it could be worth giving the striker a chance by bringing him back into the XI against his former club, given his only goal so far this season was the stoppage time winner in the reverse fixture between these two back in September.

After providing the assists for both of Weimann’s goals last time out, you also feel that Pearson could be tempted to stick with Antoine Semenyo as the other member of the Robins’ front two for this one, which would mean Chris Martin dropping out of the lineup.

UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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