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Opposition report: Bristol City

Blues are looking for a fourth win in five outings against the Robins.

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A closer look at the visitors ahead of kick-off this afternoon...

FORM GUIDE:

The Robins have enjoyed a brief improvement in results after they appointed former Leicester boss Nigel Pearson last month. 

The Robins had lost seven games in succession before Pearson oversaw back-to-back 3-1 away wins over Middlesbrough and Swansea City in the same week at the end of February. 

But since then, two home losses on the spin have followed, with both Bournemouth and Queens Park Rangers travelling to the West Country and winning. 

The Robins sit comfortably in mid-table with 45 points from 35 played. 

IN THE DUGOUT: 

This is Pearson's ninth job in management and his first since he was relieved of his duties at Watford last July.

During his 20-year managerial career, the 57-year-old has overseen exactly 500 games at clubs including Southampton, Leicester City, Derby County and Belgian outfit OH Leuven. 

His contract at Bristol runs until the end of the season and he joins after Dean Holden was relieved of his duties.

His playing days as a defender were spent with Shrewsbury Town, Sheffield Wednesday and Middlesbrough.

ONE TO WATCH: 

Young defender Zak Vyner has enjoyed an exemplary season at Ashton Gate after breaking into the first-team at the start of the campaign.

After spells on-loan in the Football League and SPL, Vyner was brought into the senior set-up by former manager Dean Holden and since then, has featured 34 times in the Sky Bet Championship this season, starting 33 games.

At the start of the campaign, Vyner played all six games as the Robins went six unbeaten across league and cup competitions, before their fortunes began to change. 

The academy graduate is comfortable playing at both full-back or centre-back and is regarded highly amongst the city supporters. 

LAST TIME OUT:

Blues enjoyed a superb 1-0 away win in Bristol before Christmas - Harlee Dean's header the difference between the two sides on the day. 

The Blues captain climbed highest in the six-yard box to deservedly nod Jeremie Bela's corner past Daniel Bentley in the 80th minute. 

The win was Blues' eighth in their last 10 visits to Ashton Gate. 

PREVIOUS KNOCKINGS: 

The two "BCFC's" have met 68 times since their first meeting in the second division in 1902. Back then, Blues were known as Small Heath and the game ended in a 1-1 draw. 

Since 2008, the side have played 17 games in the second tier of English football, Blues winning 12 of those encounters. 

A Blues win today would mean a fourth victory in five outings against the Robins, who've only been able to draw once with Blues in that time - that result coming in 2019. 

DID YOU KNOW? 

Bristol City changed their badge in the 2018-2019 season after months of consultation with supporters.

The change to the red robin design differs quite heavily from the previously used Bristol coat of arms.

'1894' is printed underneath the bird, to celebrate 125 years since the club's original formation as Bristol South End.

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