After hosting Bradford City, Simon Grayson and his squad will travel to Bristol City on Saturday 22nd November and we take a closer look at the Robins.
Nickname: The Robins
Stadium: Ashton Gate
Manager: Steve Cotterill
Last Season: 12th in League One
Last season was Bristol City’s first campaign back in League One after relegation from the Championship in 2012/13 under Sean O’Driscoll. It was a slow start to the season for the Robins who only won one of their first 16 league games.
Despite their early league form, they did progress through to the third round of the Capital One Cup, beating Gillingham and Crystal Palace before losing out to Southampton in September.
With just five wins in all competitions from the start of the season, O’Driscoll was replaced by Steve Cotterill. The form for the rest of the season did improve and Bristol finished in 12th place. Looking to next season, the side will be hoping to step it up a notch and make it to the top six.
The Lilywhites came out on top in the two games between these sides last season, winning the home tie 1-0 thanks to a Jack King goal, before both sides were reduced to ten men in the final minutes of the game. North End's home tie this time around will be played on Saturday 11th April after a busy Easter weekend schedule.
In the away tie in April, neither side could get the winner in a 1-1 draw at Ashton Gate. Jack King again scored against the Robins to put PNE ahead, but Wade Elliott equalised for the home side.
There has been plenty of business in the transfer window for The Robins so far, with plenty of additions to strengthen the squad at Ashton Gate.
One of the highest profile outgoings amongst Robins' supporters is record appearance holder Louis Carey, who has left the Club, after making 646 appearances for the Robins during a 19-year spell at the Club.
As for incoming deals, midfielder Wade Elliott signed a permanent deal after successful loan spell last season, and Cotterill has secured the signatures of right-back Mark Little, former Oldham captain Korey Smith, and defender Luke Ayling.
Bristol City have also strengthened their attack with the signings of striker Luke Freeman from Stevenage, along with former Crystal Palace forward Aaron Wilbraham.
Joe Bryan, Wes Burns and Bobby Reid have all signed new two year contracts to remain at the Club, providing a further boost to the squad.
The Robin’s boss will be hoping these changes are enough to make a challenge for the Play-Offs next season. If you think they will win promotion, they are just 3/1 with Sky Bet to achieve that goal.
Sky Bet Odds
League One Winner – 9/1
Promotion – 3/1
Relegation – 9/1
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