Bristol City and Reading meet at Ashton Gate Stadium, in a match for the 43rd round of the Championship. Reading won at home (3-2) the last time they met in this edition of the league, on 03-11-2018. At this stadium, the history of direct confrontations is favorable to the away team, which records 2 wins and 1 loss in the last 3 matches. However, the last time these two teams played a match at this stadium was on 26-12-2017, for the Championship, which ended with the victory of Bristol City by (2-0). The goals of the match were scored by J. Paterson (68 ‘) and L. Kelly (90’) for Bristol City. Despite being a match between 6 th and 19 th of the table, it is actually a match between the 14 th best team in home matches and the 18 th best in away matches.
After 18 wins, 11 draws and 12 losses, the home team is currently in the 6 th position, with 65 points won. In the last match, they have lost in an away match against Aston Villa by (2-1), after in the previous match they have won (3-2) at home, against West Bromwich Albion. Interestingly, this is a team that has had better results in away matches than at home, since they have won 34 points in away matches and only 31 at their stadium. For the league, Bristol City won 18 points out of 30 possible points, after 5 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses in the last 10 home matches. The team has conceded goals in 9 of the last 10 matches, so it has not presented great defensive solidity, but their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In their home matches there is a tendency for few goals, since 13 of the last 21 matches for this competition have ended with Under 2,5 goals. In 41 matches in the competition, they suffered the first goal 20 times and only managed 5 comebacks.
The Bristol enters this unmotivated round, after a snub as a visitor, by 2-1, in the displacement to the field of the Aston Villa. The whole house usually acts in a 4-3-3, privileging the offensive transitions and channeling their attacks through the lateral corridors. The three arrows pointed to the opponent’s goal will be Eliasson, Diédhiou and Weimann, being responsible for defining the offensive moment English Brownhill. Act Webster, Brownhill and Pack. English coach Lee Johnson must have all players at his disposal for this game.
After 10 wins, 14 draws and 18 losses, the away team is currently in the 19 th position of the league, with 44 points won. In the last match, they have won at home against Brentford by (2-1), after in the previous match they have tied tied in an away match against Norwich City, by (2-2). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, since they have won 16 points in away matches and 28 at their stadium, with 18 goals scored and 32 conceded at home, against 29 goals scored and 31 conceded at home. In the last 10 away league matches Reading has a record of 1 win, 5 draws and 4 losses, so they have won 8 points out of 30 possible. In their away league matches the most frequent result at half-time was 0-0 (9 out of 21 matches). They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 9 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 42 matches in this tournament, they have conceded the first goal 19 times and have only won 1 result. In the last 21 home matches for this competition there is 1 period that stands out: they have scored 6 of their 17 goals between minutes (16′-30 ‘).
Reading enters this motivated performance, after a home win, 2-1, at the reception at Brentford: Meite, then in the first half, scored two goals. Like the rival of this round, the Reading usually acts in a 5-3-2, in which the two most advanced players are Barrow and Meité. The visiting club, when it invests in the offensive process, usually does so through the left flank, taking advantage of the depth offered by left-back Blackett. It is likely that Ejaria, Baker and Rinomhota act in the most central area of the terrain. The technician José Gomes will not be able to count on Ezatolahi and Obita, for being injured.