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Bristol City: dark horses for promotion?

Bristol City have never played Premier League football , could this be their season to achieve promotion to the top-flight?

The Robins have retained their mid table status for the last few seasons and have had glimpses of tremendous form. Current manager, Lee Johnson, has been in charge since February 2016. Bristol City had a considerable run in the League Cup in 2017/2018. Will we see the Robins make it to the Premier League this season?

The 2017/2018 season was a modest season for Bristol City, knocking out Manchester United in the EFL cup was one of the highlights of their season. Finishing 11th place was acceptable on paper for Bristol City, nonetheless it could be deemed disappointing by many considering the Robins sat 2nd on Boxing Day.

The 2018/2019 season has been an excellent season for Bristol city. In pre-season, Bristol saw significant players such as Aiden Flint, Bobby Reid and Joe Bryan depart the club. Despite accumulating over £20 million in the summer, Bristol City only spent £2.5 million on signings. Bristol City had a satisfactory start to the season winning 4 of their first 7 games. Likewise, The Robins went on a 13 match unbeaten run from November to February. Despite experiencing immense patches of form in the last few seasons we haven’t seen Bristol feature in the Championship play-offs. The last time City participated In the Championship play-offs was when they reached the final in 2008.

Bristol City have had a total of 12 clean sheets this season which ranks them 7th in terms of the Championship’s best defences. City have the 4th lowest average of goals conceded in the league, with Lee Johnson’s side only shipping an average of 1.1 goals a game. However, the Robins have only scored 1.3 goals per game, making them the only the 13th best attacking force in the division. One dispute in the Bristol city team is that they don’t have a prolific striker, with their leading goalscorer being Famara Diedhiou who has bagged 11 goals this term.

Its unlikely that Bristol City will gain automatic promotion in the coming seasons as they don’t have the financial strength to compete with arguably larger teams such as Leeds , Middlesbrough and Derby. Although it seems Bristol City have progressed and have been going in the right direction since appointing Lee Johnson in 2016.

Nevertheless, the play offs could be a route Bristol could take to gain promotion. We’ve seen teams like Huddersfield Town gain promotion through the play offs despite not being as wealthy as other Championship clubs. On their day, Bristol City, like every side, can beat anybody. The play-offs are often a lottery and teams can win it should luck be on their side.

Will we see Bristol City promoted this season?

Is this former Brazilian international set to sign for Bolton?

There are widespread reports that former Brazilian international Julio Baptista is set to sign for Championship strugglers Bolton Wanderers.

Bolton who have yet to win a match in the Championship, bolstered their striking options over the summer bringing in Adam Le Fondre and Aaron Wilbraham from Cardiff City and Bristol City respectively, as well as completing the loan signing of Adam Armstrong from Newcastle United.

Whilst they are 3 known names in English football and have all scored goals at Championship level in the past, they have struggled so far this season and it looks like manager Phil Parkinson is looking to bring in more experience to try and help his Wanderers side climb off the foot of the table and give them every chance of staying in the division.

Julio Baptista – The Brazilian who plied his trade in the MLS with Orlando City last season, was released when his contract option was refused by the club in November 2016 and he became a free agent.

Baptista has played previously in England, joining Arsenal on loan from Real Madrid in 2006.

He can play in a number of positions including just behind the striker or he can operate from the left wing, which gives Phil Parkinson options in his squad. Having made over 350 appearances for major clubs around the world, he could be a useful addition to the Bolton ranks and help them secure Championship football for another season.

Bolton Wanderers fans would you like to see Julio Baptista sign for your club? Would he provide useful experience to your side? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section…

 

2017/2018 Best Championship XI?

With the summer transfer window officially closed, we now know all the official squads in the Championship, before the clubs go through it all again in January. With that in mind we take a look at what we think is the best Championship XI on current form.

John Ruddy – Goalkeeper

The Wolves shot stopper made the switch to Molineux this summer after being released by Norwich City at the end of last season. Having kept 3 clean sheets in the opening 5 games of the Championship season, it is clear to see that Wolves have a safe pair of hands to call upon.

Sol Bamba – Centre Half

Having recently signed a new contract with the ‘Bluebirds’, Bamba and Cardiff have a terrific start to the season. Keeping 3 clean sheets and having chipped in with a goal Bamba has to take his place in this team.

Pontus Jansson – Centre Half

The Leeds man was pivotal to the club finishing just outside the play-offs last season, and has helped the club to the second best defensive record in the Championship so far this campaign. The Swedish centre half is proving to become a fans favourite at Elland Road and has been capped for his national team.

Paul Huntington – Centre Half 

The ever present centre half for Preston North End has helped the club to the best defensive record in the league so far this season and also to 7th place in the league table. At the age of 29 Huntington brings much needed experience to the back line and if Preston continue in this fine form of not conceding goals, they could sneak a play-off!

Ruben Neves – Defensive Midfielder

Perhaps the most bizarre transfer of the summer, as Neves completed his move to Wolves for a fee in the region of £15m. The 20 year has made decent start to life in England as he has scored his first goal for Wolves and helped the club to 4th place in the Championship table.

Bobby Reid – Central Midfielder

The Bristol City central midfielder is joint top scorer in the Championship with 4 goals and has 1 assist to his name which gets him a place in the side. Despite ‘The Robins’ drawing 3 successive games and falling to 14th in the league table, I fully expect them to have a good season and be in the promotion picture come May.

Jota – Right Wing

Making the move to St Andrews on deadline day could prove to be an astute piece of business for Harry Redknapp. Jota became the clubs record signing as he completed his move to the Midlands for fee in excess of £6m, and if he can capture the form he found last season at Brentford where he scored 12 goals and provided 5 assists for his team mates he will prove to a top quality signing for Birmingham.

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing – Left Wing

The Cardiff winger has certainly found his feet in the Championship as he has opened the season by scoring 4 goals. Making the switch from Rochdale in the summer, the versatile player who can play on either flank, has been in impressive form and has helped the ‘Bluebirds’ to top the Championship table.

Britt Assombalonga – Centre Forward

Guaranteed goals by this man! A Proven striker at Championship level, Assombalonga made the switch to the Riverside Stadium in the summer for £14m, showing that Boro certainly see him as a key figure in the push for an immediate Premier League return. Having started the season scoring. 2 goals in 5 games the Congolese international will be hoping to start firing on all cylinders after the international break.

Billy Sharp – Centre Forward (C)

The experienced striker has scored goals at every level and has proved his worth so far for Sheffield United in the Championship as he has found the net on 4 occasions so far. With the ‘Blades’ sitting in a play-off spot currently, they could certainly be dark horses this season, with Sharp guaranteed to score more goals.

Martyn Waghorn – Centre Forward

What a signing he has proved to be so far this season for Ipswich Town finding the net on 4 occasions also, and also having the best goal to minutes ratio in the Championship as he averages a goal every 62 minutes!

Manager – Neil Warnock

Having turned Cardiff around from a team that was struggling last season to table toppers there was no other manager I could have chose!

Do you agree this is the best Championship XI right now? Let us know in the comments section below…