Our prediction for this Championship match:
After crushing Coventry City 4-0 at the weekend, Stoke City will look to give fans yet another reason to celebrate when they face Bristol City on Friday afternoon. The Potters will be without first-choice goalkeeper Matija Sarkic, with Jack Bonham likely to step up. Axel Tuanzebe should recover in time to face the Robins, while experienced forward Dwight Gale is definitely out of contention.
The Robins, on the other hand, head into the match following a 1-1 draw with Reading. Bristol City produce much better showings at home than on the travels, and given Stoke City’s performance in the crushing of Coventry, home win should be considered. All Kal Naismith, Alex Scott, and Tomas Kalas remain on the sidelines with injuries, speaking of the visiting side. Earlier this season Stoke City defeated Bristol City 2-1, which is yet another reason why home win should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Jack Bonham):
Jack Bonham is a professional footballer who was born in Stevenage on the 14th of September, 1993. The 26-year-old, although having born in England, is an Irish International and has featured for the Republic of Ireland's Under-17 team five times.
At the club level, he began his youth career with Watford and signed his first professional contract in September 2010 at the age of 17. Bonham's first-ever professional appearance came on the 4th of May, 2013 as a substitute against Leeds United in the final game of the 12/13 Championship season.
This appearance marked the 1.92 m standing goalkeeper's only appearance in a Watford shirt. Bonham then went on to play for clubs like Brentford, Carlisle United and Bristol Rovers before eventually joining Gillingham at the start of the 2019 season on a two-year contract. He's since featured nine times for the club and kept two clean sheets.
Highlighted Team (Bristol City):
Bristol City are one of the two famous clubs from the city of Bristol. Formed in 1894 the Robins mostly participated in English lower leagues and they have never played in the Premier League. Bristol City’s bitterest rivals are Bristol Rovers and it has to be noted that two teams first met in 1897. Bristol City have outplayed their local rivals on 43 occasions in the Bristol Derby.
Cardiff City are regarded as Bristol City’s bitter rivals as well. The Robins play their home games at Ashton Gate, the stadium that was opened in 1887. Bristol City were semi-finalists of the League Cup two times (1970/1971, 1988/1989), with the team making it to the FA Cup final in 1909.
The Robins faced Manchester United in the title game, but they failed to upset the English giants in the Crystal Palace clash. It is well known that Bristol City footballers wear red shirts and blue shorts.