Sheffield Wednesday v Bristol City Championship Preview, 22nd April 3.00pm
The Owls are not going to make the playoffs this season but they can still shot for a good top ten finish. They have produced well all season at Hillsborough and will be a tough opponent for Bristol City to face. The Robins are in a fight to lock down a place in the playoffs. Read our Sheffield Wednesday v Bristol City betting tips for more.
Sheffield Wednesday 13/10
Bristol City 15/8
* (Betting Odds were taken from Paddy Power on April 16th, 2019 at 10:19 p.m.)
The Owls are W9 D8 L4 this season on home soil in the league, so they have been a tough side to beat. They have suffered just the one defeat in their last dozen played at Hillsborough in the second tier, that loss coming against the in-form Aston Villa at the start of April. They recovered in their very next home game, thumping Notts Forest 3-0. So that is four wins in their last six on home soil that the Owls have recorded (D1 L1).
In their home campaign, this season Sheffield Wednesday have averaged 1.5 goals per game, earning a clean sheet in one-third of all their home fixtures. They have three clean sheets in their last five at Hillsborough. Of the goals which they have conceded at home, 72% of them have been in the second period of fixtures. Each of their last three home games have made it over 2.5 goals.
The Owls earned a 2-1 away win at Bristol City earlier this season
Bristol City won this corresponding fixture 4-0 last season
The Robins are unbeaten in seven league home games against Wednesday
Both teams have scored in four of the last six clashes
The Robins suffered a defeat at Aston Villa in their last road game, a 2-1 reverse there. They had won their two previous away games and they were superb victories over Sheffield United and Middlesbrough. Bristol City have been one of the better away sides this season having posted a W10 D4 L6 record on their travels so far as they push for a play off place finish.
The Robins have taken a clean sheet in 45% of their road games, while they themselves have averaged 1.4 goals per road fixture. Three of Bristol City’s last five away games have gone over 2.5 goals, each of those actually ending in a 3-2 scoreline. Of their ten wins earned out on their travels, Bristol City have won eight of them by a one-goal margin. They are currently sitting on an eleven match scoring streak on their travels with 64% of their away goals this season coming in the second half of games.
The Owls have just misfired a little against some of the better sides in the division recently. So that may open the door for the Robins to pounce in this one. Of the two, it is Bristol City who have the more to gain and they are 15/8 to win this* (Betting Odds were taken from Paddy Power on April 16th, 2019 at 10:19 p.m.)
20th April 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Bristol City are still in the mix for a shot at a playoff spot in the Championship, but things are getting intense now after a loss last time out. Can they recover back on home soil? The Royals picked up a win last weekend, leaving them four points clear of the drop zone with four to play. Read our Bristol City v Reading betting tips for more.
Bristol City 8/13
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 16th, 2019 at 4:58 p.m.)
Bristol City had a five-match undefeated streak of form snapped last time out as they were narrowly beaten by the in-form Aston Villa away from home. The Robins are unbeaten in their last three on home soil, the most recent game at Ashton Gate producing a 3-2 win over West Brom. Their overall home record this season in the Championship is at W8 D7 L6. They have claimed just the one victory in their last five there though (D2 L2).
The Robins have scored an average of 1.3 goals per home game this season, with only 38% of their home fixtures going over 2.5 goals. City have conceded in each of their last six home games, shipping at least two goals in their last two on home soil. Bristol City have scored two-thirds of their home goals in the second period of fixtures and they have opened the scoring in less than half of their home games. In total, they have shipped a goal in 81% of their home games this season. They do boast the fourth-best defensive record in the league.
Reading took a 3-2 home win over the Robins earlier this season
Bristol City have won one of their last four at home against the Royals (W1 L3)
Both teams have scored in three of the last eight meetings
Reading have won eight of the last nine against the Robins
The Royals picked up a 2-1 home win over Brentford last weekend which was a great boost for their survival. They are going well on home soil, but out on the road, it is a very different story. Reading have only won twice away from home in the Championship this season (D10 L9). They are currently winless in three on the road (D2 L1) and they have claimed just the one victory in their last seventeen away from home.
Reading have scored under a goal per away game on average this season, while they have conceded at 1.5 goals per game on average. Of their away defeats this season, five of the eight have been by a one-goal margin. The Royals have been level at the break in 11 away matches this season (W6 D4) which is pretty solid. 9 of those 11 half time draws were 0-0 score lines. The Royals have, however, conceded 72% of their away goals in the second period of matches.
Bristol City have to get themselves going once again on home soil and they have been steady enough at Ashton Gate to suggest that they are going to get a valuable three points on the board to ensure they stay in the top six. Home win.
16th April 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
This is going to be a huge showdown in the race for a playoff place finish in the Championship this season. Villa and City are fifth and sixth respectively and both have been on a good streak of form. The three points out of this would be highly precious to whoever can claim them. Read our Aston Villa v Bristol City betting tips for more.
Aston Villa 4/5
Bristol City 7/2
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 11th, 2019 at 3:44 p.m.)
The Villains made it seven wins on the bounce with a midweek away success at relegation-threatened Rotherham. It has been some streak of form from Aston Villa, who look likely to lock down a playoff spot. They go to the game one point above Bristol City and so maximum points from this home fixture would leave them so well situated in the top five. Villa are on a three-match winning streak at home at the moment. That is part of an overall W9 D8 L3 home record from them this term.
The Villains have averaged 2.30 goals per home game this season, while they have conceded at an average of 1.65. All that has totalled up to 75% of Villa’s home games having made it over 2.5 goals this season. Villa have earned a clean sheet in exactly a quarter of their home games this season, taking two in their last three there. They have scored in each of their last eight game in the division, with at least two goals netted in each of their last five. Each of their last five Championship games have also gone over 2.5 goals.
There was 1-1 draw between them earlier this season
Villa are undefeated in four against City
Aston Villa won this corresponding fixture 5-0 against City last season
The Robins have won one of their last seven against Villa in all competitions
The Robins have done well to get themselves back in the playoff picture. They are currently undefeated in five games now, winning three of those. Of the wins in that sequence, they have taken out Sheffield United, Middlesbrough and West Brom, all current top-seven teams. The wins over Boro and Sheffield United were away from home as well. The Robins have posted a fantastic W10 D4 L5 record on their travels this season in the Championship. They have the fifth-best away record in the league at the moment.
The Robins have scored in each of their last ten road games and their away record is now at W10 D4 L5. They have averaged 1.4 goals per away game this season and defensively they have been even better. The Robins have taken a clean sheet in 57% of their away games, with only 37% of their road games going over 2.5 goals. Of their ten away wins, eight of them have been by a one-goal margin. Bristol City have been level at the half time break in 11 of their 19 away fixtures. They have scored 63% of their away goals in the second period of fixtures.
What a game this should be. Bristol City are back on form and are going to pose a challenge for the Villains. However, Aston Villa at home should just have the extra scoring power about them to get over the finish line. Home win.
12th April 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
West Brom took a hit on the weekend as they suffered a loss at Millwall. That snapped a three-match winning streak that they were on in the Championship. They start midweek action still in fourth place though. Bristol City are just hanging on to six, but have games in hand over the top five and three points would be huge for their hopes of making the playoffs. Read our Bristol City v West Brom betting tips for more.
Bristol City 29/20
West Brom 15/8
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 7th, 2019 at 4:02 p.m.)
Bristol city collected a point in a home draw against Wigan over the weekend. That was their fourth game in a row without defeat (W2 D2). They have only won two of their last seven Championship fixtures, and the Robins have drawn their last two home games. Bristol City have failed to pick up a win in any of their last four played at Ashton Gate. Overall this season, the Robins have a W7 D7 L6 record on the board at home. From their home campaign in the Championship this season, Bristol City have come up with an average of 1.2 goals per home fixture.
Across the course of the season on home soil, they have produced an average of 1.2 goals per home game. They have taken a clean sheet in 20% of their fixtures, but are without one in any of their last five. Only three times have the Robins been behind at the half-time break in a home fixture. 75% of the goals that they have scored at home this season have come after the half-time break. There are just two sides currently in the division who have better defensive records than what Bristol City have managed. The Robins have scored in all but one of their last 11 home fixtures.
West Brom were 4-2 home winners over Bristol City this season
The Baggies have won the last two meetings
Bristol City have won one of their last four at home against West Brom
Both teams have scored in eight of the last nine meetings
West Brom took a surprise hit on the weekend as they suffered a 2-0 defeat at Millwall. They had a good stretch of form going before that, going undefeated in four. They were on a three-match winning streak in the Championship before the weekend’s defeat at the Den. West Brom have produced a W11 D3 L6 away record in the second tier this season. They have averaged 1.5 goals per away game as well on their travels. Their recent away form has been pretty good with five wins in their last seven played. However they have lost two of their last three and in those two defeats, West Brom failed to score.
The Baggies have claimed a clean sheet in a quarter of their away fixtures, while 8 of their 11 away wins have been by just the one-goal margin. The half-time record that West Brom have taken on their travels this season is W6 D10 L4. Albion have scored 64% of their away goals after the half-time break and they have not been involved in a draw in any of their last 14 away from the Hawthorns. Norwich are the only side to have outscored West Brom in the Championship this season and Norwich are the only side with better away record than that of West Brom too.
West Brom can have a good run at the three points out of this trip to Ashton Gate. They have been in pretty good shape on the road recently, even though they had that slip up on the weekend at Millwall. Bristol City haven’t done a lot of winning recently, so away win.
8th April 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Boro slipped up again on the weekend, taking another loss, their fourth in a row. This was a costly one as well as it saw them slip out of the playoff places. They badly need to arrest this slump in form. They won’t get an easy game though as Bristol City come for a visit after having taken a great win at Sheffield United on the weekend. Read our Middlesbrough v Bristol City betting tips for more.
Bristol City 13/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 31st, 2019 at 7:33 p.m.)
So things are falling apart for Middlesbrough now. It is a four-match losing streak that they are on in the league, going winless in five after a home defeat against league leaders Norwich on the weekend. This has happened at a bad time for them as the race for the playoff spots is so congested. This season at the Riverside Boro are W7 D6 L6 and they are currently on a three-match losing streak there. They have managed just one win in their last six league home games now. Even though they have taken a clean sheet in 47% of their home fixtures, their scoring hasn’t been high, averaging exactly one goal per game.
Just 21% of games at the Riverside this season have gone over 2.5 goals. Boro have conceded an average of just 0.8 goals per home game, but have conceded five in their last three there. What do they have in them, because the wind has been knocked out of their sails? Boro have been leading at the halftime break in 8 of their 19 home games this season, despite them having scored 63% of their home goals in the first half of matches. They do boast the best defensive record in the second tier this season, but that’s not helping them at the moment.
Middlesbrough were 2-0 winners at Ashton Gate in August
Things are even at two wins each of their last four meetings
Both teams have scored in two of the last six meetings
Bristol City are W2 D1 L1 in their last four visits to the Riverside
Bristol City hall themselves out of a five-match winless streak of Championship form on the weekend. They earned a fantastic 3-2 way win at Sheffield United who are in the mix for automatic promotion. That was just the result that the Robins needed, so now, can they build on that as they are still in the hunt for a playoff place? This season the Robins have taken a W9 D4 L5 away record in the second tier. Bristol City have averaged 1.4 goals per away game, conceding 1.2 goals per road fixture.
Only 39% of their away games have gone over 2.5 goals as they have earned a clean sheet in 44% of their road games. Of their nine away wins this season, seven of them have been by a one-goal margin. The Robins have been level at the break in 11 of their 18 away games. Bristol City are on a nine-match scoring streak at the moment away from home, but haven’t managed a clean sheet in any of their last seven, home and away. 65% of their away goals have been scored in the second half of matches and the Robins have opened the scoring in exactly half of their away games. Only Middlesbrough and Sheffield United have better defensive records than the Robins.
Boro need to stop the rot quickly. This becomes such an important game for them and it won’t be easy against the Robins who had that wonderful result on the weekend. But it’s a quick return to action and the draw in the match outright has the most appeal. Neither have been doing much winning lately and there are two good defences competing here.
31st March 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
The Blades are steaming towards the finish line for the season, handling all the pressure in the push for an automatic promotion spot. They will be looking to defend second place this weekend. Bristol City still haven’t managed to steady their ship after their big winning streak was lost. Read our Sheffield United v Bristol City betting tips for more.
Sheffield United 4/6
Bristol City 4/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 26th, 2019 at 4:47 p.m.)
The Blades are on a great streak of form at the moment. They are undefeated in their last ten league games, having won each of their last three. They are W7 D3 in that sequence of ten games undefeated and it’s worth noting that in the sequence they have faced each of the other current top five as well. They managed to win away at Leeds last weekend, a challenger in the automatic promotion race, which was a huge three points. Sheffield United are at W13 D3 L3 with their home form, currently on an eight-match winning streak at Bramall Lane.
The defensive output of the Blades has been stuttering lately. They have not conceded a single goal in any of their last seven league games, home and away. They haven’t conceded in any of their last seven fixtures at Bramall Lane either. They have only averaged 0.68 goals per game against at home this season. That hasn’t affected their scoring as they are averaging 1.8 goals per home game themselves. The Blades have scored at least two goals in all but one of their last five home games.
Bristol City beat Sheffield United 1-0 in September
The Blades have won four of their five previous Championship home games against the Robins (L1)
Both teams have scored in four of the last five league meetings
The Robins have won two of the last three against the Blades
A playoff spot is still well within reach of Bristol City if they can get back to winning ways. They have managed to take just a D2 L3 record from their last five played, so things aren’t going their way at the moment. They could only manage a tame 1-1 home draw against bottom side Ipswich last time out. Overall this season Bristol City are at W8 D4 L5 on the road. In their three away games played against sides in the current top four, they have lost each of them, conceding at least two goals in each as well.
The Robins haven’t collected an away victory against any current top-right side this season. They have produced an average of 1.3 goals per road game, with only 35% of their away games going over 2.5 goals. It has been one point from their last two away games, however, they had posted a W5 D1 in their previous six away from Ashton Gate. The Robins have earned a clean sheet in 47% of their away games. Bristol City have only failed to score in one of their last eighteen league fixtures. They have failed to take a clean sheet in any of their last six, home and away.
It is hard not to support the immense form of Sheffield United at the moment. Their defence is rock solid and with the Robins out of form, it is worth having a look at the Blades getting the victory with a clean sheet at Bramall Lane.
28th March 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Bristol City are now struggling badly to get something going again. They have taken just one point from their last four games played, including a loss against Leeds on the weekend. They won’t get a better chance to snap their winless streak than in facing the bottom side in the league on home soil. Read our Bristol City v Ipswich betting tips for more.
Bristol City 11/20
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 11th, 2019 at 6:38 p.m.)
It is just the one point collected from their last four league games now for Bristol City. They suffered a 1-0 loss at home against Leeds on the weekend but this should be a much easier game for them to handle. This season the Robins have a W7 D5 L6 record on home soil but have lost their last two there. In total Bristol City have scored 21 goals in their 18 home games played. They have conceded at exactly a goal per home game on average.
Just 33% for their home games this season have made it over 2.5 goals. Bristol City are without a clean sheet in three at Ashton Gate now in the Championship. Their half time record at home reads W2 D10 L6. They have scored 76% of their home goals in the second half of fixtures. The Robins have opened this scoring in just 8 of their 18 league home games. While it has deserted them lately, the Robins defence has posted the third-best record in his season’s Championship currently.
Bristol City took a 3-2 win over Ipswich earlier this season
Ipswich have won just two of the last nine Champions games against the Robins
Both teams have scored in seven of the last nine meetings
The Robins are on a four-match winning streak at home against Ipswich
The Tractor Boys are still on a big winless streak of form, but they have now drawn four of their last five played. All of the drawn matches in that sequence from Ipswich have been 1-1 score lines, which is what they produced on the weekend at West Brom. That is back to back 1-1 away draws which they have played out now. Ipswich are winless in nine league games (D4 L5) and they have only won three league matches across the course of the entire season.
It has been just the one away win recorded by them (D4 L13). The Tractor Boys have produced only the eleven away goals this season while they have conceded at an average of two goals per road fixture. Less than half of their away games though have gone over 2.5 goals this season. Ipswich have not earned a single clean sheet on their league travels this season. Both teams have scored in just 39% of their away games. Ipswich have been trailing at the midway point in 10 of their 18 away games.
Given how Ipswich have at least been avoiding defeat lately it will be interesting to see what happens here. Can they dig out a point at Ashton Gate? The draw in the match outright is not without its appeal at all.
11th March 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Bristol City’s bubble has been burst after their long winning streak and now they are looking to find their winning touch again. They start the weekend in the top six but things are tight there. They get a tough visitor to Ashton Gate as second-placed Leeds come for a visit. Read our Bristol City v Leeds betting tips for more.
Bristol City 19/10
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 6th, 2019 at 6:14 p.m.)
After their big seven-match winning streak, Bristol City have taken just the one point from their last three league games now. When that momentum stops it is hard to get it back. In their last home game, the Robins lost 2-1 against Birmingham who are a top ten side. They have to try and recover their form now against second placed Leeds. Bristol City are W7 D5 L5 at home this season in the Championship. The loss against Birmingham snapped a seven-match unbeaten home streak they were on.
Just 35% of Bristol City’s home games this season have gone over 2.5 goals. That is because they have been, in large, good at the back. The Robins have been level at the halftime break in 10 of their 17 home games with 76% of their home goals having been scored after the half time break. Even though their form has gone they have put together a 16 match scoring streak in the Championship, including in each of their last eight at home.
Leeds took a 2-0 home win over Bristol City earlier this season
Leeds are undefeated in four against the Robins (W3 D1)
Bristol City have won just one of their last six at home against the Whites
Three of the last four meetings have gone over 2.5 goals
Leeds ran rampant last weekend in a big 4-0 home win against West Brom, who are also on a promotion push. That was some result and it kept their hot streak of form at home going. Leeds suffered a shock defeat in their last away game though as they were beaten by QPR at Loftus Road. This season Leeds are W8 D4 L5 on their travels and strangely enough, three of those defeats were against sides currently in the bottom half of the table. Leeds are just W1 D2 L3 in their last six on the road.
They have scored well at an average of 1.6 per road game though, but there will be concerns over the goals they have been connecting lately. Their win over West Brom was their first clean sheet in eight league games, home and away. The Whites have not taken a clean sheet in any of their last six on the road now. Leeds have been level at the half time break in 11 of their 17 away games. They have scored 74% of their away goals in the second half of matches. Leeds have actually only opened the scoring in five of their seventeen away games this season.
Bristol City have just lost their way and even though Leeds haven’t been great on the road recently, their big win over West Brom last weekend should have reinstalled some great confidence. They may be able to earn all three points.
8th March 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Bristol City had their long winning streak snapped against leaders Norwich on the weekend. Will they be able to strike back into winning ways immediately? They host Birmingham who are looking for a run of form to pressure the top six. Read our Bristol City v Birmingham betting tips for more.
Bristol City 19/20
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 24th, 2019 at 8:09 p.m.)
The Robins had their seven-match winning streak snapped in a 3-2 reverse out at Norwich in a cracking game on the weekend. Will they be able to shake that off? The loss away leaves their strong home from intact at least. The Robins are on a four-match winning streak at Ashton Gate in the league and they are undefeated in seven there. So there’s certainly nothing wrong there. Home and away they were unbeaten in thirteen before that defeat against Norwich.
Bristol City’s overall home record this season is W7 D5 L4. They have scored exactly two goals in each of their last three home fixtures. Across the course of the season, they have averaged under a goal per game against them at Ashton Gate in the league. They have conceded two goals in total in their last four home games. There has been a clean sheet in 25% of all of their home games. They currently boast the second-best defensive record in the entire league.
Bristol City were 1-0 winners at Birmingham earlier this season
The Robins have won back to back games against the Blues
Birmingham have lost only one of their last seven trips to Ashton Gate
Both teams have scored in two of the last six meetings
The Blues earned a point in a 2-2 home draw against Blackburn on the weekend. They are doing alright at the moment with a W2 D2 L1 record in their last five played. Their record on their travels is W5 D6 L5 this term. They have been scoring pretty well lately it is worth noting. They have only failed to score in one of their last eight league outings. They have come up with at least two goals in four of their last five, home and away.
In their last away game, they took a 4-3 win at QPR. It is just one defeat in their last seven road fixtures. Birmingham have scored in each of their last twelve games out on their travels. They are without a clean sheet in any of their last four road games. They have conceded at least two goals in each of their last three on the road. Birmingham have scored the opening goal in 9 of their 16 Championship away games.
It can be tricky to bounce back from having a winning streak snapped. There should be enough in the Robins to do just that. It may not be an easy game, so probably only by a one goal margin. Home win.
25th February 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
The Canaries head into the weekend in top spot in the Championship so that is what they will be looking to defend. It could be a raucous occasion at Carrow Road as they play host to Bristol City. The visiting Robins are on a seven-match winning streak in the Championship. Read our Norwich v Bristol City betting tips for more.
Bristol City 14/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 21st, 2019 at 3:27 p.m.)
Last weekend Norwich collected a 4-0 away win at Bolton making it three wins in their last four games (L1). That has seen them hold the top spot in the division, but it is a tight race between the top four. Overall this season Norwich are W10 D2 L4 on home soil and they are unbeaten in three there (W2 D1). Overall home and away, Norwich have suffered only the one defeat in their last eight league fixtures, winning four of their last six. The powerful scoring season of Norwich has continued and they average over two goals per game at home.
Each of their last four League wins have seen Norwich score at least three goals in. Each of their last six League outings have ended up going over 3.5 goals. So entertainment could well be on the way. 50% of League matches at Carrow Road this season have gone over 3.5 goals, including the last eight. Norwich are on a 10 match scoring streak at home, and they have scored at least two goals in each of their last eight at home. Of the 34 goals that they have scored on home soil, 24 of those have been after the halftime break. West Brom are the only side to have scored more League goals in the Championship than the Canaries this season.
There was a 2-2 draw between them earlier this season
Norwich are undefeated in seven against the Robins
Three of the last four meetings have ended in a draw
Norwich are unbeaten in three at home against Bristol City (W2 D1)
What can Bristol City come up with in this game? Can they make it eight straight Championship victories? It has been a stunning run from the Robins and in their current seven-match winning streak they have earned a clean sheet in five of those victories. The Robins are currently undefeated in 13 League fixtures. There is nothing amiss with their away form either as they are at W5 D1 in their last six on the road. Each of their last four away wins have been with a clean sheet.
They have been very good defensively this season and Middlesbrough are the only side to have conceded fewer the goals than they have in the division. Bristol City have also scored in 80% of their away matches. They have not produced the most prolific output as they are the second lowest scoring team in the top half of the championship. Bristol City are on a 13 match scoring streak in the League, with each of their last five on the road going under 2.5 goals. They have been level at the break in 10 of their 15 away games this season.
Tough game to call as Bristol City’s away form has been built against sides mostly down in the bottom half of the table. But they do look currently strong enough and confident enough to go and avoid defeat at Carrow Road. The draw appeals in the match outright.
22nd February 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting