The Premier League side's losing run could continue at Ashton Gate on Tuesday night.
Bristol City v Hull - Tuesday 19:45
Tammy Abraham has scored the decisive goal in each of the previous three rounds, including a stoppage-time winner at Fulham in the last round and an extra-time winner at Scunthorpe in the round before that. On both occasions, he was introduced midway through the second half but the Robins are likely to be much more positive in front of their own supporters here.
So let’s work to the assumption that all the big hitters will start and take the Bristol City/Bristol City half time/full time bet at 14/5. Not only is plenty being made of the need to attract more paying customers to the newly-expanded Ashton Gate, which a big quarter-final tie would surely do, but Johnson is at pains to buck a trend of slow starts that’s holding his team back.
Of the 20 league goals they’ve scored, 17 have arrived in the second half, and 13 of those in the final 30 minutes. However, with Mike Phelan compelled to admit that confidence is crumbling in the visiting camp - and perhaps tempted to take a few of his senior players out of the firing line - there’s no shortage of encouragement for Bristol to go for the throat.
An early goal sets the tone. Hull have lost five on the spin in the Premier League, conceding 19 in the process, so once the initial resistance is toppled, an opportunity exists for the hosts to bag a few more if the Tigers throw in the towel or, conversely, take a reckless approach. On that basis, the 17/5 on Bristol to clear the -1 handicap is also advised.