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James Crawley


Posted Tuesday, December 31st 2019

Preview: Brentford (H)

City prepare to kick off 2020 with a home clash against Brentford in the Sky Bet Championship.

The New Year's Day fixture puts Lee Johnson's men against Thomas Frank's side for the first time since their 1-1 draw at Griffin Park back in October.

Dan Bentley could be in line to face his former club, three days after keeping a clean sheet in City's 3-0 win over Luton Town.

That win will give the team a lift having put an end to their mini rut and they remain in touching distance of the play-off places.


  • Date: Wednesday, January 1st 2020
  • Kick-off: 3pm
  • Competition: Sky Bet Championship
  • Where: Ashton Gate
  • Officials: Matthew Donohue (referee), Timothy Wood and Mark Pottage (assistants), Brett Huxtable (fourth official)


Bristol City v Brentford:
W: 28 (35%)
D: 34
L: 19


FORM - Last five games:
Bristol City: LLLLW
Brentford: WWDWL

Club news

  • The Robins are closing in on 20,000 tickets sold for the New Year's Day fixture, which can be bought from the ticket office or online up to kick-off
  • The match will be livestreamed to fans worldwide, including those in the UK & Ireland
  • Here's the latest loans roundup with Joe Morrell and Liam Walsh assisting in wins across the EFL
  • Jamie Paterson has returned to the club, following his loan period at Derby County
  • Team news: The Bees will be without Sergi Canos and Nikos Karelis (both knee), while City continue to assess Sammie Szmodics and Nathan Baker

Word from the camp

Marley Watkins and Jack Hunt, who both played pivotal roles in City's win over Luton, have been looking ahead to the New Year's Day clash.

Watkins, who scored the opener on Sunday, says supporters can be the "12th man".

Hear from the pair here.

Niclas Eliasson celebrated his winner at Griffin Park with Lloyd Kelly


Brentford 0-1 Bristol City
Saturday, October 20th 2018
Sky Bet Championship
Scorer: Eliasson 89
Att: 11,182

City got back to winning ways thanks to Niclas Eliasson’s 90th-minute volley at Griffin Park.

An open game in the capital saw the Bees strike the post after going down to ten men when Chris Mepham received his marching orders, before Eliasson snuck in unmarked at the backpost, to ensure the three points would be travelling back down the M4.

Max O’Leary grew in confidence as he made his league debut for the Robins, making a number of stops to keep the travelling side in the contest.

But Lee Johnson’s side ultimately did enough to snatch the win and rise above Brentford in the Championship, in what would be an open game as the match developed.

Read the full report.

Bristol City: O'Leary, Hunt, Kelly, Baker (Dasilva), Webster, Paterson, Pack, Brownhill (Walsh), Eliasson, Weimann, Taylor (Diédhiou). Subs not used: Wollacott, Watkins Hegeler, Morrell.