The Robins will provide stiff opposition to Brighton in Saturday's live teat-time clash.
Bristol City v Brighton - Saturday 17:30, Sky Sports 1
Brighton stamped their authority in the race for automatic promotion with a stunning demolition of Norwich last time out but don’t expect the Seagulls to get too carried by that result with Chris Hughton in charge. The best advice for punters is to pretend it never happened because it’s unlikely to have a bearing on their performance here, neither one way nor the other.
The bigger picture is always more important to Hughton and his focus will remain on maintaining the required run rate of two points per game, meaning a point at Ashton Gate wouldn’t be sniffed at. Since the start of last season, Albion have finished all-square in 15 of their 29 away games and that alone is ample reason to get on board with the draw here at 12/5.
Below the Seagulls, the pecking order has yet to be fully established but Bristol City are currently sixth in the table and the fourth most dominant team in terms of shot data, their ratio at 55.3 per cent. So it’s fair to say they are comfortable top-half material and Brighton’s away record against top-half opposition last season was eight draws in 11 matches.
There’s a real feel-good factor around Ashton Gate this term following the stadium expansion and Lee Johnson is bound to create a sense of occasion around this first televised contest since the renovation. So the Robins should be stiff opposition and the 1-1 correct score sounds about right at 6/1. Either side is capable of rescuing a point should they fall behind.