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Preview: Bournemouth vs. Bristol City - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Wednesday's Championship fixture between Bournemouth and Bristol City, including predictions, team news and lineups.

Bristol City travel to Bournemouth on Wednesday night as they look to get their run at promotion back on track, having gone three games without a win.

Bournemouth snatched a last-gasp equaliser away at Watford on the weekend while at the same time City were thankful for a late Nahki Wells penalty, helping them avoid consecutive home defeats as they drew with Swansea City.


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Bournemouth's Chris Mepham celebrates scoring against Watford with teammates on October 24, 2020© Reuters

Alongside league-leaders Reading, Bournemouth are the only other unbeaten side in the Championship and showed their fighting spirit against Watford to come away with a point.

Mepham went from zero to hero after his error allowed Cardiff City in to score and earn a 1-1 draw in South Wales. Three days later, the Wales international was in the right place at the right time to grab just his second goal for Cherries, deep into stoppage time for another 1-1, this time at Vicarage Road.

Against City, they will again face up to stern opposition and a team who - much like themselves - have their eyes set on mounting a real promotion challenge.

What will concern Cherries boss Jason Tindall is that since taking ten points from their opening four games, they have since drawn three on the spin, all of which have been low-scoring encounters.

Still, the Cherries sit in fourth place and will be aware that if they can string a few wins together, they could find themselves in the top two, such is the nature of the Championship.

Nahki Wells celebrates scoring for Bristol City against Stoke City on September 20, 2020© Reuters

Unlike Bournemouth, Bristol City have not quite shown the same consistency in recent weeks, and Dean Holden's side will be looking to put recent results behind them right away.

After winning their first four, the Robins have slipped to two draws and a home defeat to leave them five points adrift of leaders Reading.

City's slip in form has largely been down to their dip in attacking threat. Holden has begun rotating his front men and may continue to see mixed results until he finds himself with a settled starting lineup.

After facing Bournemouth, City will ready themselves for a tough fixture at home to Norwich City but will be buoyed by the fact that they have not lost to the Canaries in their last seven meetings.

Bournemouth Championship form: DWWDDD
Bournemouth form (all competitions): LWWDDD

Bristol City Championship form: WWWDLD
Bristol City form (all competitions): LWWDLD


Team News

Bristol City's Andreas Weimann in action with Stoke City's Jordan Cousins in the Championship on July 15, 2020© Reuters

Dean Holden mentioned in midweek that he is now down to just 19 first-team players after both Andreas Weimann and Steven Sessegnon came off injured on Saturday.

The 19 includes Liam Walsh and Joe Williams, who are not expected to return to the pitch this side of the next international break.

Chris Brunt - who made his first start in two years - may well get consecutive starts given Holden's injury woes.

As for Jason Tindall's selection, he believes this season's packed schedule played a part in the injury suffered by Jefferson Lerma against Watford and will have to assess the severity of the hamstring injury ahead of Tuesday's night's fixture.

With the Lerma injury in mind, Tindall may look to rest the likes of Arnaut Groeneveld, with Junior Stanislas the obvious replacement.

Bournemouth possible starting lineup:
Begovic; Mepham, Cook, Rico; Stacey, Billing, Gosling, Smith; Stanislas, Solanke, King

Bristol City possible starting lineup:
Bentley; Vyner, Moore, Kalas; Hunt, Paterson, Bakinson, Brunt, Rowe; Wells, Martin


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We say: Bournemouth 1-1 Bristol City

Both sides will be looking to get back to winning ways, but equally, neither will want to lose this one and that is why we are expecting the early exchanges to be cagey. As the game opens up, we can see Bournemouth being the stronger of the two sides and they may well take the spoils.


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2Bournemouth157622516927
3Reading158342419527
4Bristol City158341915427
5Brentford157532213926
6Swansea CitySwansea157531710726
7Stoke CityStoke157442218425
8Blackburn RoversBlackburn1573529171224
9Watford146621811724
10Middlesbrough14662169724
11Luton TownLuton156451418-422
12Cardiff CityCardiff155552013720
13Millwall154831312120
14Barnsley155461717019
15Preston North EndPreston156182023-319
16Huddersfield TownHuddersfield155371822-418
17Queens Park RangersQPR154561722-517
18Birmingham CityBirmingham153751114-316
19Coventry CityCoventry153571525-1014
20Rotherham UnitedRotherham153481420-613
21Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest15348917-813
22Wycombe WanderersWycombe15249721-1410
23Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds15366813-59
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