Sunday’s midday kick-off will see Bristol City entertaining Sheffield Wednesday at Ashton Gate.
The Robins will go into the weekend’s showdown in 10th place, but only two points off a playoff place. The visitors from Yorkshire are in 15th with 49 points so far to their name, looking perfectly safe from relegation and unlikely to be in the mix for the end of season play-offs.
When these sides last met at Hillsborough back in December it was Wednesday who completed a narrow 1-0 win. The sides have met 16 times in the last few seasons with Sheffield Wednesday coming out on top by winning six matches with City grabbing four victories.
The Robins will be looking to bounce back after suffering a 3-1 loss to Blackburn Rovers last Saturday, despite City’s Jamie Paterson giving the visitors a first-half lead.
The Owls were thankful for Connor Wickham’s 93rd-minute strike to rescue a point against Nottingham Forest last weekend.
It would be fair to say that neither of these sides go into the game in any form whatsoever. Just a single victory between them in their last ten championship games, and that was a win for the Owls against Charlton back in February.
The Robins can look at their recent home form for some inspiration ahead of the game, having won twice in their last five games against Barnsley and Derby County, but Wednesday certainly don’t travel away from Yorkshire very well, having been unsuccessful in their last five away trips.
Bristol City will give anything for a win right now, having had just one victory in their last eight games, with Wednesday in even worse form, with just one win in their last 11.
Despite both sides in a barren run of form, we could well see goals on Sunday with games involving Bristol City finishing with two goals or more being scored in the past four games.
City have relied all season on the Senegal forward Famara Diedhiou who has hit the net 10 times so far with Austrian striker Andreas Weimann one shy of double figures.
Gary Monk will be looking to Steven Fletcher to get back to goalscoring form, with the Scot already hitting 13 goals this season, but hasn’t scored for four games.
Bristol City will be without Markus Henriksen, who has moved on after making just four appearances for the club. Wednesday will have both Sam Hutchinson and Sam Winnall available for the game, but both will be released from the club upon the expiry of their contracts on 30th June.
Although both sides are on a mediocre run of form, I am going for a share of the points with a few goals thrown in for good measure 2-2.
Match Preview written by Peter Moore.