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Preview: Bristol City

19 February 2013


PREVIEW
Despite being in the bottom three for the majority of the season Bristol City have been improving under Sean O'Driscoll with three wins from six, however they have all been at home and the Robins are without a victory on the road since early December.

Their poor form on the road has seen them come away with 11 losses, the highest in the Championship, and have failed to keep a clean sheet away from home this season. Saturday saw this run continue with a 2-1 defeat to Cardiff with City's goal coming from Bluebirds defender Ben Nugent in the final minute.

Top scoring for the Robins this season is Sam Baldock and Steven Davis who have nine goals apiece, but Palace have only lost once in their past 15 games at Selhurst against the west country side.


TEAM NEWS
Palace: No new knocks were reported from Saturday's emphatic 4-1 win over Middlesbrough but Ian Holloway may decide to rotate some members of his squad with a trip to Sheffield Wednesday approaching on the weekend. Joel Ward could make the matchday squad after recovering from a groin injury, and Danny Gabbidon may be fit to face the Owls. Darcy Blake, Owen Garvan, Alex Nimely, Andre Moritz and Paddy McCarthy are out.

Bristol City: Baldock is likely to miss out with a calf injury, but Albert Adomah is in line for his first start since returning from the Africa Cup of Nations. Greg Cunningham will undergo a late fitness test to determine whether he will feature after picking up a hamstring injury but skipper Cole Skuse is doubtful after missing the past three game through injury.


HEAD TO HEAD ENCOUNTERS (home and away)
Palace winsDrawsBristol City wins
League282124
FA Cup301
League Cup102
Other002
Total322129


PREVIOUS ENCOUNTERS AT SELHURST
The clubs first met in Division Two in the 1921/22 season following Palace’s promotion as Division Three champions. Our first home encounter took place at The Nest in January 1922 with the Eagles' first win arriving on Boxing Day 1923 with Tom Hoddinott scoring the only goal of the game. Since Palace have been at Selhurst Park City have been regular opponents and generally speaking have found it difficult to get much success there.

The Robins chalked up their first victory in SE25 in March 1934 and apart from a run of four successive victories between January 1953 and December 1961 they have not enjoyed their trips to Palace, with their victory in March 2010 being their first there in the league for 49 years. City have also suffered some heavy defeats at Selhurst Park, the worst being in April 1936 to the tune of 6-1. 

The only top flight encounter came in the 1979/80 season when Mike Flanagan saw a penalty saved before Joe Royle gave City the lead, but when the Eagles were handed another penalty captain Jim Cannon stepped up to score with his first ever spot-kick as the game ended 1-1.

City's last trip to Selhurst came on the evening of 18th October 2011, a short time after dispensing with the services of Keith Millen as manager as the Robins languished at the foot of the Championship table. The game was settled 10 minutes from time when Jonny Williams won a penalty kick that was calmly converted by Glenn Murray to earn the Eagles the points.


MATCH OFFICIALS
Referee: Simon Hooper
Assistants: Michael Bull and Stephen Rubery
Fourth Official: Matthew Bounassisi


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MATCHDAY INFORMATION
Matchday programme
Tonight's edition sees Alex Marrow profiled having returned from a loan spell from Fleetwood Town to be cast into a Championship promotion race. There are also interviews with former Robins duo Yannick Bolasie and Keith Millen who look back at their time at Ashton Gate, as well as all the usual features and information for just £3.

Travel
There are no disruptions to train travel anticipated for tonight's game but there are roadworks in the vicinity of the ground so please allow extra time for commuting.


Palace to win: 4/6
Draw: 16/5
Bristol City to win: 11/2


MATCH COMMENTARY
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